• School district buys 131 iPod touches, for education

    A school district in North Carolina just placed an order for 131 iPod touches to be used to help kids with their readin’ and writin’. The money to buy the Apple devices came from a combination of grants and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as “the stimulus.” Read More

  • IT grad can't find job, sues her college

    Who hasn’t thought about suing their college for some reason or another? Trina Thompson is doing it. She’s a 27-year-old IT graduate from the Bronx who’s suing her alma mater, The Monroe College, for the $70,000 worth of tuition she spent there. Why? Because she doesn’t have a job and she doesn’t think the college has tried hard enough to help her find one. Read More

  • Dell goes to school with Latitude 2100 netbooks

    Dell’s previously-rumored educational netbooks are here. The Latitude 2100 series has the guts of your typical netbook — 1.6GHz Atom CPU, 1GB RAM, 10.1-inch screen, etc. — but adds a tough and rugged rubberized exterior, slightly larger keyboard and trackpad, and a carrying handle. Read More

  • Student trying to alert school to computer vulnerability instead charged with three felonies

    Dear school administrators, What’s the best way to ensure that your computer network remains riddled with security vulnerabilities that leave you, your personnel and [someone think of the] schoolchildren in danger? Why, to demonize the student who discovered the vulnerability and alerted you to it, of course. Have him charged with a felony while you’re at it. A student in a… Read More

  • Parents want SMS, web updates from teachers

    A report recently came out that says parents and teachers are not communicating. Parents blame their busy schedules for not being able to meet with teachers.The report also said that parents know more about their bank accounts then they do about their kid’s report card. The reason for this is simple. The information about your bank account is readily available online and via text messaging. Read More

  • Brazilian foundation adopts Intel Classmate PC

    Brazil will be joining its cousin Portugal in deploying Intel’s Classmate PC in the classroom. Cnet has an adorable story of a Brazilian foundation, Fundação Bradesco, that has introduced the tiny laptops at a school in Campinas. What’s different about this particular program and other is that the students don’t get to keep the Classmates, as the surrounding neighborhood… Read More

  • Students, putting games on your TI-84 calculator is pretty easy

    This is an oldie but a goodie—just like CBS FM in New York—especially as school starts pretty soon for kids in the northeast. It’s step-by-step instructions on how to install games onto your TI-84 or TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator. The games aren’t too complicated, but they’ll help you get through physics or calculus class with some degree of sanity. Read More

  • Parents blame kids' failing test scores on Wikipedia

    Dumb kids in Scotland are failing tests not because they’re dumb, or because they haven’t properly prepared, but because Wikipedia is evil and mean and “littered with inaccuracies.” Shucks, and I thought Wikipedia was to be trusted 100 percent of the time. Right, so the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, which just sounds like a fun group, hated on Wikipedia the other… Read More

  • UK sorely lacking properly educated game developers

    Where have all the [UK] game designers gone? Not to a proper school, apparently. Yup, a new report out of the North East shows that there aren’t nearly enough accredited universities in Britain to properly feed the growing video games industry. Too many students are obtaining too many Mickey Mouse degrees from no-name universities, often without the hard math and science background… Read More

  • French school tells its students to turn off TV, computer, video games

    So get this. There’s a school in France that’s telling its students to give up watching TV, using the computer, playing video games, etc. in a “game” against “an enemy.” (The school’s director’s words.) The enemy, presumably, is fun. The 10-day long ordeal is modeled after our own “TV-Turnoff Week,” which found that kids consumed, so… Read More

  • Video: Student builds badass diesel powered 1/2-scale tank that shoots cans of Red Bull

    What do you do when you’re an engineering student and the frat kids won’t leave you alone? What if you want to be a long-distance party animal? You build a 1/2-scale Panzer tank that shoots cans of Red Bull, that’s what. Read More