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New Choices in Online AP Courses

A recent announcement from PLATO, a leader in online course materials, introduced two new online courses for it secondary education curricula. In an article for American Banking and Marketing News, PLATO  stated that it is expanding its current Advanced Placement courses to include “U.S. History and Chemistry.” These new online AP courses will provide advanced high school students with “ an online, interactive platform designed to engage students and facilitate a collaborative learning environment.”

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Online Textbooks: A Solution for Budget Shortfalls

As many states struggle to cut their education budgets, the Kentucky Board of Education called on its school superintendents to consider online textbooks as a way to save money for the next school year. Several school districts are benefiting from the open source education materials as a means to balance the lack of funds for new textbooks. In a news report out of Owensboro, KY, WFIE documented the successes of online textbooks in both elementary and secondary classrooms.

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How LinkedIn Sparked Professors Talking About Technology

 

What began as a causal question to other college professors, “do you accept Facebook friend requests from students” on LinkedIn has blossomed into a new website focusing on higher education and technology. According to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, this new website, Higher Education Teaching and Learning Portal or HETL, brings together professors from across academic disciplines to discuss technology in the college classroom. HETL provides an online platform that fosters the sharing of teaching methods and collaboration of education professionals.

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Defending Florida's Virtual Classrooms

In a recently published article in the New York Times, Florida's Virtual Classroom came under scrutiny for their implementation of online learning. The article bases this criticism on the communications between the school districts and parents and emphasizes the traditional classroom as a better education model. In the article on Education Next, writer Bill Tucker explains how the New York Times piece misrepresented Florida's Virtual Classrooms.

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Google Offers Education Apps

As an industry leader in technology, Google announced that it will offer new “education apps” for its widely popularly “email and application suite.” According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, Google is offering new education apps in its marketplace to cater to the colleges and universities using Google's free email service Gmail. These new education apps are designed to work with “Gmail and Google Doc” services, and many of these apps are free to those using Google.

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