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AAG SmartBrief

Research and technology news for geographers

AAG SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Association of American Geographers

Startup focuses on smaller, cheaper satellites

1/21/2015

  • Age (Melbourne, Australia), The

Planet Labs, which recently raised $95 million, makes smaller, less-expensive satellites designed to provide an up-to-date view of the ground. The company has already launched 67 of the satellites, wh… Read More

STEM SmartBrief

STEM-specific news for career development professionals

STEM SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Association for Career and Technical Education

Data reveal growing options for competency-based degrees

1/26/2015

  • National Public Radio

More colleges and universities are replacing credit hours with demonstrations of learning, according to a recent report. Data show nine colleges provide full competency-based programs, reaching more t… Read More

ACTFL SmartBrief

News about language education

ACTFL SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Lawmakers tackle testing frequency in NCLB rewrite

1/27/2015

  • National Journal

Lamar Alexander, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chairman, is reviewing the number of tests students should take each year as part of his work on a rewrite of No Child Left Behi… Read More

NCLE SmartBrief

News for educators and literacy learning supporters

NCLE SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Center for Literacy Education

Educator teaches eco-literacy class from the Appalachian trail

1/25/2015

  • Missourian (Washington, Mo.), The

A Missouri high-school teacher is incorporating the environment and literature into a virtual eco-literacy class. She is teaching the class while hiking the Appalachian trial. Read More

NCSS SmartBrief

News for social studies educators

NCSS SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Council for the Social Studies

Skits can help students consider history from different perspectives

1/25/2015

  • MiddleWeb

One way to help students see historical events from different perspectives is to have them act out scenes from history, writes history teacher Jody Passanisi. In one simulation, student teams act out … Read More

Math Education SmartBrief

News for mathematics educators

Math Education SmartBrief

Study: How motion-sensor devices could boost math skills

1/27/2015

  • PhysOrg.com

Physical movement may help boost elementary students' understanding of math, according to a recent study. Researchers found that body-based tasks using Kinect -- a motion-sensor input device -- improv… Read More

Sigma Xi SmartBrief

News on scientific research and innovation

Sigma Xi SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Ala. cancer researcher awarded $728,000 grant for decision-making study

1/27/2015

  • AL.com (Alabama)

The American Cancer Society has awarded a $728,000 grant to a University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher who is studying cancer patients' long-term decision-making abilities as they reach advanced… Read More

Career Tech Update SmartBrief

News on career and technical education

Career Tech Update SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Association for Career and Technical Education

Md. agriculture science program incorporates capstone projects

1/27/2015

  • Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Md.), The

A Maryland high school has reinvigorated its agriculture program by adding a research component, enabling students to pursue capstone projects and potentially publish their findings. One student resea… Read More