The Crayon Initiative rescues and recycles restaurant crayons for hospitals

By Chris Meadows
September 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

There are still some things that you just can’t do with e-books and digital paper, and one of those is the good old tactile experience of coloring with crayons. Yes, you can use paint programs on computers and tablets, but it’s just not the same. A lot of restaurants realize the appeal of [...]

Kids, privacy and the K-12 tech debate

By Joanna Cabot
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Can K-12 students actually get too much tech? Several parents I know are on the “too much” side, and it’s a fitting topic, as the new school year approaches—especially since some of the most famous names in Silicon Valley have sent their grade schoolers to a low-tech school. But that [...]

‘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 another choice, made more attractive by Google’s K-12-related software and related [...]

‘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 looks at “book deserts”—areas where it’s extremely difficult for kids to get their hands on [...]

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 schoolkids that arts subjects “will hold them back for the rest of their lives.” UK [...]

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, the proposal has attracted strong and partisan criticism from both Republican and Democrat [...]

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 year’s Hay Festival for his “insulting, offensive” attitudes, and by author Patrick [...]

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 Report 2013-14 from CHILDWISE,  “leading research specialists on children, young people and [...]

How to Roll Out Laptops in Schools

By Joanna Cabot
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, Mass., which involved issuing Macbooks to all students in grades eight through 12. The results have [...]

Schools: The Next Frontier for Battles Over Copyright?

By Joanna Cabot
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 time. The Prince George district is trying to pass a policy that would give it ownership over all [...]

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 online service, eponymously named Brain Hive™, will offer unlimited access to an eBook collection [...]

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