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Schools Tap Secret Spectrum to Beam Free Internet to Students

“THE FLOOR-TO-CEILING GLASS wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I give the kids access to all the tools pretty much right off the bat,” said Eric Bredder, with a sweeping gesture taking in the computer workstations, 3-D printers, laser cutters and milling machines, plus a bevy of wood and metalworking tools that he uses while teaching computer science, engineering and design classes. But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning—broadband internet beyond school walls.” (via WIRED)

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F.C.C. Chief Aims to Bolster Internet for Schools

“With a goal of fiber-optic lines reaching to every school and a Wi-Fi connection in every classroom, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is expected on Monday to propose a 62 percent increase in the amount of money the agency spends annually to wire schools and libraries with high-speed Internet connection” (via NYTimes.com)

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New Digital School Solution Exemplifies Britannica Today

“This week, Britannica Digital Learning is proud to introduce Britannica School, a new online service that we believe will have a major impact on schools in the United States and around the world. Britannica School provides a robust online solution for the knowledge and information needs of teachers and students at school and at home. It’s a product designed with the classroom in mind but with the understanding that the work of the classroom continues outside its walls—at home, on the school bus—anywhere homework is done, lessons prepared, and school projects completed. It’s designed for a wide range of purposes—lessons and lesson planning, homework assignments, class projects, research, and browsing—making it one of the most versatile digital assets for students and teachers today.

via Britannica Blog

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Announcing Whispercast for Kindle–A Free Self-Service Tool for Schools and Businesses to Manage Large Deployments of Kindles and Support Purchase and Distribution of Kindle Books and Documents Across Kindle E-Readers, Kindle Fires and Free Kindle Reading Apps

“Amazon.com, Inc. today announced “Whispercast for Kindle,” giving schools and business customers a simple, scalable online tool for deploying Kindle devices and Kindle content. Whispercast provides a single access point to easily purchase and distribute Kindle books and documents for educational, marketing and employee incentive programs across Kindle devices and free Kindle reading applications for iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, PCs and Macs. In the coming months, Whispercast will support distribution of Kindle Fire applications.”

via Amazon

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Judge Slaps School for Blocking Gay Websites

Courthouse News – “A federal judge ordered a central Missouri school district to stop using Internet filtering software that blocks access to gay, lesbian and transgender issue-related websites. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey issued a preliminary injunction against the Camdenton R-III School District. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the district in August 2011 on behalf of several gay rights organizations, including the Matthew Shepard Foundation; Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and Dignity Inc.”

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