Kindles used as Frisbees at Florida high school? 5,217 devices owned, just 44 checked out last year?

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 3 Comments

Here’s a story to make any K-12 tech booster weep, if it’s true. A 1,750-student high school in Florida is said to have owned 5,217 Kindles and Fires over the years. But the kids supposedly [...]

‘Do Chromebooks make good ereaders’—for K-12 students or adults?

By David Rothman
August 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Face it. One iPad per child can pricey for many school districts—just ask Los Angeles. What to buy instead if budgets are tight? Some districts have snapped up Android tablets. But there is [...]

‘Book deserts’ still keep kids from getting books

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Though I just posted a story about a university library re-opening with no books, having no books is not necessarily a desirable condition for all libraries. Mother Nature Network has a story that [...]

Chromebooks take another bite out of the Apple, get official in New York City schools

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

The recent news on strong K-12 takeup of Chromebooks for education received solid confirmation via the Google for Education official blog, where Hal Friedlander, Chief Information Officer at the New [...]

UK Education Secretary warns against arts, reading, thinking …

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Reading, speaking, and thinking in general apparently can damage your career choices, according to the UK Conservative-led government. Their Education Secretary, no less, has got up to warn British [...]

How cell phone book clubs could help get young people reading and change their lives

By David Rothman
September 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

Note: Although David Rothman posted the article, he says the author is really Bertel King, Jr., SF/fantasy novelist and a journalist. Read about Bertel at the end of his cogent essay. Go here to [...]

FCC reallocates, reduces funding for schools and libraries internet access

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has just passed a new proposal for reallocation of resources in its program for support for internet and telecoms access for schools and libraries. However, [...]

UK rejoices as Gove goes

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Good news for UK teachers, pupils, readers – and incidentally, fans of American literature. Michael Gove, the much-despised UK Education Secretary dismissed by Professor Simon Schama at last [...]

Childwise Report charges top dollar for UK child tablet reading insights

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

I have to be grateful for The Bookseller sometimes. For its boycott of Author Solutions advertising. And now for its heroic readiness to fork out £1980 ($3326) for a copy of the CHILDWISE Monitor [...]

How to Roll Out Laptops in Schools

By libertyc
July 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

MediaShift has an interesting write-up about a school district in Massachusetts that’s grappling with how to best roll out laptops in its schools. The article talks about the program in Natick, [...]

Schools: The Next Frontier for Battles Over Copyright?

By libertyc
February 4, 2013 // 6 Comments

Techdirt is one of many who have picked up this story about a copyright battle that’s brewing in a Maryland school district over who owns work done by teachers—and students—during school [...]

On-Demand eBook Service for K-12 Schools Announced from Brain Hive

By Paul Biba
July 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the press release: Brain Hive, LLC, a private Minneapolis-based education company, announced today that it will launch an on-demand eBook lending service for U.S. K-12 schools this fall. The [...]

How to harness cell phones to help students learn

By libertyc
May 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Innovative Educator has a fairly long blog post proposing a number of ways that schools could use students’ cell phones to increase engagement with reading and writing in the classroom. The [...]

Raspberry Pi $35 Linux computer to be available by end of month

By libertyc
February 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Raspberry Pi has announced that its first batch of $35 computers will be finished manufacturing as of February 20th, and they will be airfreighted to the UK immediately after that; they should be [...]

‘Hundreds of schools’ using Chromebooks; three school districts order 27,000 units

By libertyc
January 26, 2012 // 2 Comments

CNet has an article about Google’s stripped-down Chromebook laptops, and their placement in schools. In a speech at the Florida Educational Technology Converence yesterday, Rajen Sheth, Google’s [...]

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