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February 4, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • STEM interest is not always sustained in high school, report says
    Many high-school freshmen who express an interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering and math lose their enthusiasm by senior year, according to a recent report. A key to boosting interest in STEM fields is demonstrating the connection between those subjects in school and the variety of related jobs and careers that await students after high school or college, STEM leaders said during a recent town hall meeting. U.S. News & World Report (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Report offers national picture of STEM education: Interest among high-school students in science, technology, engineering and math has increased by 21% since 2004, while the percentage of high-school girls interested in these fields began to slip in 2010, according to a new report from My College Options and STEMconnector. In this blog post, Erik Robelen highlights key aspects of the report, including a breakdown of STEM interest by race and ethnicity and a top 10 list of STEM-interest areas. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Technology raises questions over ownership of teachers' work
    Teachers' lesson plans and students' class work would belong to the school district -- not the teacher or the student -- under a proposed copyright policy under consideration in Prince George's County, Md. The policy was developed to address the use of district technology by teachers to create curricula but also applies to lessons and materials developed using teachers' own materials on their own time. Critics say the unusual policy stifles creative endeavors and infringes on students' and teachers' rights. The Washington Post (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • Australia could stop funding of laptop program
    In Australia, parents are being asked to lease computers for students as funding for laptop computers for high-school students runs out in June. Officials say that with funding eliminated, aging computers that are unable to be used will not be replaced. To help, schools are offering the leasing option and asking students to bring their own computers. Unless a deal is reached on funding the program, officials say it will be impossible to maintain the current one-to-one ratio of students to laptops. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Company seeks to help students with college tuition
    In the spirit of Kickstarter, which uses social media to attract investors to a wide range of projects, a new company -- Upstart -- is taking a similar approach to investing in students. Now instead of taking on student loans, college students can get tuition help through Upstart in exchange for a small percentage of a student's future income. EdTech magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Last Byte 
  • U.S. House of Representatives puts its history online
    A recently launched website covers the careers of 11,000 politicians who have served in the U.S. House of Representatives, making political research a little easier. The website, which includes a database of more than 1,000 items, was created by the historian of the U.S. House of Representatives and the clerk of the House's Office of Art and Archives. The offices seeks to represent the "House's institutional memory, a resource for Members, staff, and the general public." ABC News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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