HarvardX -- an effort by Harvard University to create massive open online courses -- has launched a platform called LabXChange, which could allow educators to repurpose parts of existing MOOCs to build their own, free online courses. Robert Lue, founding faculty director of HarvardX, says the effort will have teachers make custom "mini-MOOCs."
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One Wisconsin school district is installing scanners on school buses and issuing student identification cards so they can track students as they ride to and from school. The technology will allow parents to use an app to see where the buses are, and they can sign up to receive notifications about when their children enter or leave the bus, district officials say.
Students at a Minnesota school spent several months studying the energy usage and costs of their school and presented their findings at a monthly science event. Their school will switch to all LED lighting for a savings of $4,000 a year based on their work.
An elementary-school art teacher in Pennsylvania says she uses social media -- mainly Instagram -- for ideas and professional development. Recently, she shared her idea for an art project, which included taxidermy, a local trade.
Some fundraisers for colleges and universities are worried about proposals to curb tax breaks for donors and their potential negative effects on charitable giving to institutions amid the recent Operation Varsity Blues college-admissions scandal. "It is critical that lawmakers in general don't take action that discourages giving in any way to educational institutions," said Brian Flahaven, senior director of advocacy at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.