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Apple Launches Media Literacy Initiative, Pledges Support to Education Nonprofits

As misinformation continues to spread, a growing number of organizations are jumping in to help young people develop critical thinking skills, distinguish fact from fiction and become smarter consumers of the news.

The Fight Against ‘Fake News’ in the Classroom Gets a Boost

Years before phrases like “fake news” and “alternative facts” made their way into the English lexicon, Alan Miller realized that a time was coming when the truth would need defending.It was 2006, and Miller—then an investigative reporter in the Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times—had just spoken to 175 sixth graders at his daughter’s middle school about his job as a journalist and why it mattered.

A Simple Switch at the College Board Could Mean More Equitable AP Exams

The College Board will soon allow high school students to register for Advanced Placement (AP) exams in the fall, rather than having them wait until spring—just before the exams are held.It’s a simple, seemingly inconsequential change, but in both the small- and large-scale studies the nonprofit conducted in U.S. schools, the option to register in the fall led to more underrepresented and low-income students taking the AP exams.

ETS Tests the Waters of Investing in Education Technology Startups

The world’s biggest private nonprofit test maker is dipping its toes into the world of education technology investments.

For Today’s Kids, Playing Nintendo in the Classroom Isn’t Just a Dream

All those ‘90s kids who used to try sneaking their Game Boys into class and playing discreetly under their desks—to no avail, of course—may soon be feeling like they were born in the wrong decade.The gaming devices aren’t being treated as contraband anymore, at least not in the 100 K-12 schools that have welcomed Nintendo products into their classrooms this year to help students develop collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

At the Top of Teachers’ Wish Lists? Tactile STEM Projects, Flexible Furniture and Books

Last year, 274,000 classroom projects were imagined, funded and fulfilled because of an idea one teacher had almost two decades ago.That idea gave way to DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit where teachers can create projects and request resources to help their students, and then donors come in to put up the funds. In 2018, it reached classrooms in 52,000 schools, or nearly half of all public schools in the U.S.

What a New College Board President Means for Students

Change is afoot at the College Board.At first glance—and as of Thursday—the nonprofit is just reorganizing its leadership team: The president and chief executive, David Coleman, is now just CEO of the College Board, creating a vacancy so his chief operating officer, Jeremy Singer, can fill the position of president.

GlassLab Set Out to Prove Games Could Assess Learning. Now It’s Shutting Down.

Since the days of “Oregon Trail,” educational games have teased at the possibility that learning in school can be freed from the doldrum of textbooks and tests. So if games are fun, and learning should be fun, doesn’t it behoove the education and gaming industries to join forces?

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The Gates Foundation Spent $200M+ Trying to Improve Teacher Performance, and All It Got Was This Report

In 2009, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invested hundreds of millions to see whether “value-added” models could be used to evaluate, inform and improve teachers’ effectiveness in improving student outcomes. The most valuable thing it learned may have come from a report offering a blunt answer: no.

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ISTE Wants to Be More Than Just a Conference. Learn How They Are Expanding.

With the two last directors of the federal Office of Education Technology, Richard Culatta and Joseph South, at the helms of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), it is no surprise that the organization is seeking to expand and rebrand.ISTE is traditionally known for its annual edtech conference, which draws as many as 15,000 people each year. But for the new leaders of the nonprofit, the goal is to build a community of education-technology enthusiasts that interact year-round.

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