News Update
What You Need to Know Now 3/20/2018


  • Parents Prefer E-Mail for School Messages — Far and Above Auto-Phone, Texts, Facebook

    The only people who seem to want face-to-face meetings and personal phone calls anymore are school principals. Four in five parents consider e-mail the most effective way for schools and districts to communicate with them.

  • Games for Change Competition Deadline Approaches

    Students in five different cities have until the end of April to submit their games to the "Games for Change Student Challenge," taking place right now in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Detroit. The competition is intended to encourage young people to create digital games that combine story-telling with civic engagement.

  • Walton Grant will Ready Principals to Run 'Autonomous' Schools

    A $1.7 million grant will help Indianapolis Public Schools as the school system shifts away from centralized support and its principals take on more autonomy. According to the final paperwork, the purpose of the grant is "to support the development of internal capacities, processes, and systems necessary for implementing full, building-level autonomy for every IPS school."


  • Recipients of 2018 McGraw Prize in Education Revealed

    Next month's ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego is the venue where three people will be recognized for their innovative contributions to education. They include an individual who has brought coding to girls, another who has dived into the science of learning and a third who has used data to increase student achievement at his university.

  • MERLOT Updated for Better Searchability

    MERLOT, the granddaddy of open educational resources developed by the California State University system, has entered its third decade of operation with a new facelift. The project, as always, provides a gateway to OER. But with its newest release, search functionality has been expanded and coding has been done using responsive web design to make it mobile device-friendly.

  • MIT Students Break Speed Record with Rubik's-Solving Robot

    Students at MIT have designed a robot that can solve a Rubik's Cube in 0.38 seconds, setting a world record. Designed and built by a pair of students using the student-run hackerspace MIT Electronics Research Society, the robot broke the previous world record, set in 2016, of 0.67 seconds.


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