Education: Morning Roundup, Video Games as Learning Tools?

Morning Roundup:

From The New York Times: Learning by Playing

A middle school teaches with video games. Can its approach transform education?


From NPR: Fenty Lesson: Mayors May Pass On School Reform

Adrian Fenty's loss in Washington, D.C. could discourage other big-city mayors from pushing major school changes.


From the Associated Press: Many sex-ed programs don’t cover birth control

Almost all US teens have had formal sex education, but only about two-thirds have been taught about birth control methods, according to a government report released yesterday.


From NPR: California Online School Seeks Students, Tax Dollars

A school district near Sacramento, Calif., is looking outside the box for new revenue sources in these harsh budget times. Elk Grove Unified has opened up its own Virtual Academy offering complete online curricula for grades kindergarten through 12. Officials hope to attract home-school students and children from other districts, plus the state tax dollars that come with them.


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Jim Browning is a YouTuber from the UK who has an amazing ability to catch scammers in the act.

In this video, he responds to a scam email claiming he bought a laptop by breaking into the scammer's computer. In the process he uncovers where the scammers work, their banking information, and even their personal identities.

"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

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Danielle Reno of Missouri left her car running and it was stolen by thieves. But she wasn't going to let her car go so easily.

For 48 hours this owner of a pet rescue tracked the charges being made on her credit card. Ultimately, she found her car at a local Applebee's, and then went after the thieves.

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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