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September 25, 2014

'Innovation' in Philly Schools Has Rocky History: #TBT

Philadelphia's recent history with "innovative" high schools has been mostly discouraging, but one educator featured in a 2009 Ed Week story is still fighting to reinvent schooling.

September 15, 2014

Microsoft Announces $2.5B Deal to Buy Company Behind Minecraft

A Microsoft official pledges that the company, in acquiring the developer of Minecraft, will "nurture and grow" the enormously popular video game.

September 15, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: Salesforce.com Invests $5M in San Francisco Schools

Salesforce.com recently donated $5 million to the San Francisco Unified School District. This tech company has now donated $7.7 million to SFUSD the past two years in order create better access to STEM resources.

September 08, 2014

Choosing the Right Words to Lure Financial Backers

Key phrases help companies and others raise money through Kickstarter, a study finds, and that information could help education businesses seeking support through the crowd-funding vehicle.

September 05, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: Pluralsight Raises $135M for Online Training Videos

Pluralsight, a major provider of online training videos for developers, IT professionals, and creative technologists, raised $135 million in Series B funding.

September 04, 2014

Happy 80th Anniversary Communications Act: Time for a Rewrite

The Communications Act of 1934 still governs telecommunications in America and while updated periodically, it has not been modernized in 18 years. From phones to television to technology that hadn't previously existed, a lot has changed but dated regulations continue to view the communications sector in silos for distinct services.

September 02, 2014

NFL Wants Fantasy Football in K-12, and Minn. Teacher Has Answer

An NFL executive recently said that fantasy football, a popular game, can be a valuable educational tool in teaching math.

August 29, 2014

21st Century Education: Not Just Relationships, But Also Partnerships and Personalization

Let's drop the debating and move to a more inclusive discussion on how relationships, partnerships, technology, and new strategic instructional models can make teaching and learning more effective and efficient for all.

August 25, 2014

The Cost of Raising and Educating Kids

While more than 90 percent of parents take advantage of free public education, they and other citizens pay for it through income and property tax (and, for college, lots of student loan debt). It is time to develop better and cheaper learning options.

August 25, 2014

Calculating the Academic Return on 'Open' Educational Resources

David Wiley, a supporter for open-educational resources, argues that the "learning outcomes per dollar" from free and open resources tops that of the traditional materials produced by commercial publishers.

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