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The 10 States Leading Science and Technology

by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

Which states are leaders in science education and technology? Which cities are attracting the most college grads? The Atlantic reveals which states have the edge on attracting the best and brightest.

iPad Apps for Teachers

by Vicky Davis, Cool Cat Teacher Blog

Perhaps you’ve been hearing a lot about the iPad as a tutor or teacher and you want to jump on the tablet bandwagon. You go out and purchase and iPad, but you’re not sure what you should do next.

What you need to do is download a few apps made just for you! To educate her readers about what iPad apps are right for literature teachers, Vicky Davis turned to her friend Craig Nansen to find out what educators should download first.

Cash-strapped states consider virtual classes, despite lack of research

by Liz Goodwin, The Lookout (AOL News Blog)

Can a laptop replace a hands-on learning experience with a flesh-and-blood teacher?

It’s a fear that is gripping many Florida and Utah parents, according to an article by Liz Goodwin which investigates digital learning environments. The main concerns parents and teachers have about teacher-free learning environments is the lack of research over these programs, ambiguous contribution of teachers, and the fact that these online courses might end up being mandatory for students.

Gates Ed-Tech Program Announces Second Wave

by Ian Quillen, EdWeek’s Digital Education Blog

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation strikes again!

Their newly annouced ed-tech grant program, Next Generation Learning challenges will be awards-based grants worth up to $10 million and will be given to any technological tool or application which helps students become more than proficient in the fields of math and literacy. They also must meet several other criteria which Ian Quillen has been kind enough to detail on his EdWeek blog, Digital Education.

NAEP science: Less than half of students at competency

by Maureen Downey, Get Schooled Blog

Maureen Downey shares the results of the National Assessment of Education Progress which reveal that only 34% of the United State’s forth graders, 30% of eight graders and 21% of twelve graders are above or at proficiency level for science. That means that more than half of our nation’s young people are not at competency for science.

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