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In Search of Ed Tech Ideas that Reimagine Learning

The U.S. Department of Education is looking to fund a slew of innovative education technology prototypes for five high-need sectors.


Know of a small business with great ideas that reimagine learning? Through the 2013 Small Business Innovation Research Program, the U.S. Department of Education is looking to fund a slew of innovative education technology prototypes for five high-need sectors.

One of the sectors is special education, which doesn't always seem to get the attention it deserves from ed tech hardware and software developers. But that might change since the department is offering awards ranging from $150,000 to $1,050,000 to help develop prototypes and products that will "improve student learning in education and special education settings."

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Gaming in the Classroom Is Becoming the Norm

Teachers say gaming helps them personalize instruction and meet the needs of all kids.


Teachers who use games like Angry Birds and World of Warcraft in the classroom are becoming less of a rarity. According to a survey by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit that studies how children learn through digital media, an increasing number of teachers believe gaming is "becoming a consistent and valuable part of classroom activities."

About half of elementary and middle school teachers say they use digital games at least twice a week with students, while nearly 70 percent say that games help students who are struggling with reading and math and 60 percent say gaming helps them personalize their instruction and meet the needs of all students.

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Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty Is an Education Reformer for Hire

Fenty is jumping into the public speaking circuit as an "national leader in the area of urban education reform."

Washington, D.C. voters may have given former mayor Adrian Fenty the boot over his support of schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, but now he's available for hire on the public speaking circuit as a "national leader in the area of urban education reform"

Fenty's being represented by Manhattan-based speakers bureau Greater Talent Network. According to his bio, Fenty

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