Education publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has launched a new algebra curriculum delivery system for Apple's iPad. Dubbed "Fuse," the system is being piloted for a one-year period in middle schools in four California school districts.
AutoCAD is coming back to the Mac, and this time it will be free. The archetypal computer aided drafting program from Autodesk, which for more than a decade has been available only on Windows operating systems, will ship this fall for Mac OS X, along with mobile editions for Apple's iOS devices--iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The new Mac edition will be free for students and teachers through Autodesk's Education Community.
The federal government lately has been passing out lots of money through competitive programs by way of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Together, the grants represent a huge investment in education, while providing one more example of the golden rule: He who has the gold makes the rules. What will those rules be going forward?
- By Geoffrey H. Fletcher
The new faces on the help desk are younger, work for cheap, and may be the tech savviest in the building. How two IT training programs are teaching students valuable technology skills while providing schools with a much-needed lift to their troubleshooting teams.
- By Jennifer Demski
A team of researchers in eight universities has just won a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create new computing techniques for measuring and analyzing the behavior of children. The goal is to create new ways to identify those at risk for autism and other developmental delays.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
After eight months and three rounds of judging, Discovery and 3M have announced the 10 nationwide finalists in their 12th Young Scientist Challenge, the annual competition open to students in grades 5 through 8 who want to tackle a social or security issue facing the country using science.
- By Scott Aronowitz
Nature Education has released a new mobile version of Scitable, a free learning tool for high school and post-secondary science.
Educational game developer Tabula Digita has launched the DimensionU Learning System, an expansion of the DimensionM series that now incorporates an all-new gaming universe, DimensionL, focusing on literacy skills.
Through a partnership with a large urban school district in Utah, a research project at the University of Cincinnati will experiment with the use of Apple iPads in K-8 classrooms. The initiative will test the use of 35 Apple iPads to collect educational research in a federally funded partnership to improve teacher quality in elementary math and science education.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
As valedictorian of his senior high school class, Jed Michal was naturally expected to give the commencement speech during the graduation ceremonies of his East Colorado high school. Though stuck in a Texas hospital a week out from a bone marrow transplant for leukemia--a disease that had robbed him of his entire junior year--he was able to deliver that once-in-a-lifetime address thanks to videoconferencing technology implemented by his district's regional co-op.
- By Denise Harrison