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March 1, 2013
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  • Technical training finds a new home in high school
    While traditional high-school shop classes may be a thing of the past, schools are bringing back hands-on, vocational education in new ways -- with tech classes on campus, as well as opportunities for internships and apprenticeships with local industries. "We're hearing policy makers talk about it more often. Certain districts are looking at career and technical education as a way to reform schools," Stephen DeWitt, senior director of public policy for the Association for Career and Technical Education. "The focus on project-based learning, how to get students engaged more, is something that's caught on." CNN (2/28) Email this Story
  • U.S., Finland team up for research projects on STEM education
    With an eye toward improving science, technology, engineering and math education in grades K-12, educators in the U.S. and Finland will begin working together as part of a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation. One component of this new project involves the analysis of student performance in a massive online open course taught through Florida State University and the University of Helsinki. The partnerships also will explore the roles games and video can play in the future of STEM learning. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (2/28) Email this Story
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  Business 
  • Harley-Davidson supplies teachers for Utah school's shop classes
    Students in a Utah high school are learning motorcycle maintenance from Harley-Davidson technicians who want to teach students about career options in the auto-repair industry in hopes of motivating them to stay in school. "I never graduated high school," said technician Richard Helmcke, who came up with the idea for the program. "If I had someone back in the day who had guided me in a direction I wanted to go, life could have been easier." The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (2/28) Email this Story
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  Trends 
  • Big game studios losing out to indie developers movement
    Many game developers are leaving major studios to strike out on their own with independent projects for mobile devices and tablets, a Game Developers Conference survey said. More than half of respondents call themselves independent game developers, and about 40% have come from major game-development studios. In addition, distribution companies such as Steam have kept 48% of developers interested in PC and Mac computer platforms, despite the dramatic rise of mobile-gaming platforms. Mashable (2/28)
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