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Border Crossing: An inter-city initiative extends impact | Editorial

An inspirational level of collaboration has been undertaken between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed at the end of 2014 has set in motion deeper cross-cultural collaborations and opened opportunities to expand efforts already under way between these sister cities divided by one of the busiest international borders in the world.

AM News: What Next For NJ & Common Core (Plus Chicago Supe Resigns)

Former Md. Gov. Martin O'Malley Joins Democrats' Race for White House PK12: Among his education achievements as governor was signing into law a bill that made some undocumented immigrants eligible for in-state tuition. Real Test After Christie’s Call to Drop Common Core: What Happens Next? NJ Spotlight: Now what? In the aftermath of Gov. Show More Summary

What’s New

Califone (www.califone.com) has announced its latest Bluetooth keyboard, the KB4, featuring a compact (1/4” thick), lightweight design for easy portability and flexible classroom use.

Tripp Lite Tablet Charge and Sync Station Cabinet

The Tripp Lite 16-port charging station is compact, sturdy, and heavy.

THE BIG TEN

The phrase “This is only a test” is not in Superintendent Dr. Rocky Killion’s vocabulary.

The Web Emerges

Educators have always wanted to go beyond the classroom walls and connect with people and information in faraway places.

The Chromebook Explosion

The districts in this story have practiced what we at Tech & Learning preach: You can’t start your 1:1 program with the device!

What’s New with Learning Management Systems

Learning management systems, like all technology, are continually improving to meet the evolving needs of their users.

Technology in Education: What Students Think

Project Tomorrow’s new report for 2014, “Digital Learning 24/7: Understanding Technology—Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students,” surveyed 431,231 K-12 students from over 8,000 schools and 2,600 districts in the US and around the world.

SITE WE LIKE SCRATCH: IMAGINE, PROGRAM, SHARE

A free programming language and online community designed by a team at MIT for kids ages 8 to 16, Scratch lets users design and share interactive stories, games, and animations while learning problem solving and collaboration skills...

To Tell the Truth: Would the Real MaryEllen Elia Please Stand Up--or Sit Down?

Mary Ellen Elia seemed to be on her way down before being unanimously propelled upwards by the N.Y.S. Board of Regents; she was chosen as the replacement for NY State Ed. Commissioner, John King. Only in the world of ed. deform can people on their way down suddenly be catapulted to new heights. Show More Summary

Charlie Charlie, the DIY oracle spreading by social media

What is Charlie Charlie? It's a cheap, DIY oracle akin to Ouija or Magic Eightball. The way it works: first the the user prepares the board. The querant creates a 2x2 grid of answers, where the bottom left and top...

Lots of Enhancements to U.S. Congress.gov Legislative Information Portal

Congress.gov, the official website for U.S. federal legislative information, was officially launched in late 2013.It is produced by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives,...Show More Summary

The ghostly ex-Target

A new Facebook page offers a glimpse of haunted megastores. Target Husk is a Facebook community for a closed-down store, its ruin still gazing upon the world. As the description puts it, very nicely: I am the sentient husk of...

CRPE: Making Functional Public Schools Dysfunctional to Expand Charters

CRPE and the creeps who make up this Gates sludge tank are concentrated on expanding segregated corporate charter schools that will impose the Broken Windows model of schooling that KIPP made infamous. They are all about corporate exploitation of public space and dehumanization and control of the poor. Show More Summary

Photography – Week 76

I loved both expressions. It’s interesting to see just how aware kids are of cameras. I don’t know if that’s always been the case. Some of the posing I’ve seen, not these kids, has certainly been a more recent development. I don’t often take pictures of flowers but I liked this one. I’ve remain fascinated… Read More

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

OK vs. okay – Grammarist “It might be OK for a beefy Wallaby to stare down a bunch of powerfully built Kiwis as they launch into a ferocious, blood-curdling haka. [Sydney Morning Herald] “ tags: words english ok weekly How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning | MindShift | KQED News… Read More

Looking for life among the dead: a 19th-century invention

Infocult readers probably know about the great nineteenth-century panic over being buried alive. Edgar Allen Poe is the most famous exponent of this anxiety, but there were many ways people responded. Some turned to invention. For example, patent US 371626...

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