EdTechPost http://edtechpost.com Only useful Education news: Universities, Colleges, Business schools, High schools. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:32:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 Microsoft expands ad-free Bing search for schools http://edtechpost.com/ap-us-microsoft-bing-in-classrooms.html http://edtechpost.com/ap-us-microsoft-bing-in-classrooms.html#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:32:01 +0000 inna.ivanina http://edtechpost.com/?p=3870

Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

The program is meant to create a safer online environment for children, but also promote use of Bing, which trails market leader Google.

Microsoft Corp. is also giving away a first-generation Surface tablet computer to schools where community members sign up to use the ad-supported version of Bing outside of the school.

The program is tailored so that 60 parents and friends who do 30 Bing searches a day can earn their school a Surface in a little over a month. There is no limit on the number of Surface devices a school can earn.

Microsoft has some unsold inventory of the first generation Surface in stock after booking a large write-down on the devices last year.

Matt Wallaert, a Microsoft employee who created the “Bing in the Classroom” program, said the company hopes that some of the program’s goodwill leads to more Bing usage.

“We absolutely are an ad-supported business, but we think that schools are not the time and place for that,” he said. “Obviously we hope that parents will hear that message and want to use Bing at home.”

Google Inc. doesn’t offer the same ad-free search experience for schools.

Microsoft also has created some 500 lesson plans that encourage the use of search to answer questions. The questions aren’t the kind that can be answered by just typing them into the search field.

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4 students seriously hurt in Pa. school stabbings http://edtechpost.com/ap-us-high-school-stabbings.html http://edtechpost.com/ap-us-high-school-stabbings.html#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 inna.ivanina http://edtechpost.com/?p=3865

Authorities said that a student armed with a knife went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning.

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MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A student armed with a knife went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning, leaving as many as 20 people injured, including four students who suffered serious wounds, authorities said.

The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned by police. All of the victims were expected to survive, doctors said.

Not all of the 20 injured at Franklin Regional High School were cut by the knife, though most were, Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens said. Some suffered scrapes and cuts in the ensuing mayhem that broke out at about 7:15 a.m. at the school in Murrysville, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

One victim was an adult, authorities said, but none of their names was being released.

Dr. Chris Kaufman, the trauma director at Forbes Regional Medical Center, the closest hospital, said two victims were in surgery and one was awaiting surgery. All three were all stabbed in the torso, abdomen, chest or back, which he called “significant injuries.”

Seven teens and one adult were listed in serious condition at Forbes Hospital, West Penn Allegheny Health System spokeswoman Jennifer Davis said. They ranged in age from 15 to 60, and some were in surgery, she said. A ninth victim, a 15-year-old girl, was in good condition at Allegheny Hospital, Davis said.

Twelve of the victims were sent to four hospitals in the UPMC system, a spokeswoman said. She said hospital officials were still gathering information on their conditions and identities, including the patients’ ages.

The suspect was being questioned by county detectives and police at the Murrysville police station. Stevens said the suspect used a knife, though he didn’t say what kind and said it wasn’t immediately clear why the student attacked the others.

One student told WTAE he saw “students holding their stomachs, bleeding.” That student wasn’t sure how the assailant was stopped, but said at some point, a fire alarm was activated and said, “As soon as we heard the fire alarm was pulled we went outside.”

Speaking outside the school, Morris Hundley said his 14-year-old daughter, Morriah, called him Wednesday morning in tears. Hundley came to the school still wearing his slippers, hoping for more information.

“My first thoughts were I think we need to home school now that this has happened,” Hundley said. “The words can’t describe how I feel. I’m just thinking of the victims.”

Gov. Tom Corbett instructed state police to assist local investigators.

“I was shocked and saddened upon learning of the events that occurred this morning as students arrived at Franklin Regional High School. As a parent and grandparent, I can think of nothing more distressing than senseless violence against children. My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and their families,” Corbett said in a statement.

School officials and Murrysville police didn’t immediately return calls seeking further details, but the school issued a bulletin on its website saying: “A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are canceled, the middle school and high school students are secure.”

The district later announced that the high school students were being moved to another school in the district, where their parents could pick them up.

The district serves about 3,600 students who live in the bedroom communities of Murrysville, Export and Delmont. The elementary and middle schools are part of the same campus.

Stevens said the incident happened after most students had arrived but before the school day was officially in session.

Initial reports indicated the stabbings happened during a fire drill, but investigators now believe another student may have pulled a fire alarm to alert others to the emergency in hopes that would clear the building.

Parents and former students say the school, which doesn’t have metal detectors but does spot searches when security officials deem it necessary, generally does a good job of keeping students safe.

“I think the school reacted as fast … as possible,” said Rich Nickel, whose daughter, Jenna, 16, is a sophomore. “It’s obviously a (lone) individual’s act.”

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US first lady meets rural Chinese students via web http://edtechpost.com/ap-as-china-michelle-obama.html http://edtechpost.com/ap-as-china-michelle-obama.html#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:01:20 +0000 inna.ivanina http://edtechpost.com/?p=3858

American first lady Michelle Obama encouraged rural Chinese students to aim high and get a good education despite humble roots.

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BEIJING (AP) — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama encouraged rural Chinese students to aim high and get a good education despite humble roots, in a speech Tuesday that was delivered via satellite technology to remote communities in southwestern China.

She cited herself, NBA star Lebron James and Starbucks executive Howard Shultz as examples of people with modest backgrounds succeeding, during her 15-minute presentation at Chengdu No. 7 High School in Sichuan province.

“Because in America, we believe that no matter where you live or how much money your parents have, or what race or religion or ethnicity you are, if you work hard and believe in yourself, then you should have a chance to succeed,” she said.

Her speech, on the last leg of a six-day, three-city tour of China, was delivered to a stadium of 700 students as well as to 12,000 rural students through satellite-enabled distance-learning technology.

The elite high school has a reputation for using such technology to bring quality education to impoverished remote regions. Many of its graduates also pursue college education in the United States.

Mrs. Obama later held a question-and-answer session with 20,000 students piped in via satellite technology before she observed a student demonstration of the traditional Chinese exercise regime tai chi and tried a few moves.

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Mrs. Obama has largely avoided thorny, political issues on her China trip, although she made a strong statement on behalf of free expression, choice of religion and unfettered access to information as “universal rights,” during a speech Saturday at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing.

China has some of the world’s tightest restrictions on Internet discourse. Mrs. Obama’s remarks did not call out China directly and have not drawn any governmental protest. But that part of her speech has been kept out of all official Chinese media reports.

On Tuesday, she once again stressed how Americans value the freedoms of speech and belief.

“We also believe that everyone is equal, and that we all have the right to say what we think and worship as we choose, even when others don’t like what we say or don’t always agree with what we believe,” Mrs. Obama said.

While in Beijing, the first lady visited an elite high school, where more than 30 American students are studying as exchange students, and she held a private discussion with a handful of Chinese professors, students and parents.

Mrs. Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, before Xi flew to The Hague for a nuclear security summit and held a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday.

Accompanied by her mother Marian Robinson and daughters Malia and Sasha, Mrs. Obama has toured the former Imperial Palace, the Great Wall in Beijing, and the Terra Cotta Museum in the ancient city of Xi’an.

She is schedule to visit a panda research center and lunch at a Tibetan restaurant Wednesday before departing for Washington.

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NY college students charged after dog’s beer photo http://edtechpost.com/ap-us-dog-beer-drinking.html http://edtechpost.com/ap-us-dog-beer-drinking.html#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:54:55 +0000 inna.ivanina http://edtechpost.com/?p=3851

Two students at a New York state college held the black Labrador retriever over a keg and apparently forced the animal to drink beer, they are charged.

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BROCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say two students at a New York state college were charged with animal abuse after a dog was held upside down over a keg and forced to drink beer.

Police say one of the College at Brockport students held the black Labrador retriever over a keg and apparently forced the animal to drink from the tap during an off-campus party Saturday at a house in the village, located 17 miles west of Rochester.

Another student took a photo and posted it on a Twitter account featuring stories and pictures from parties thrown by students enrolled at state colleges in New York.

The two men, both 20, were charged with torturing and injuring an animal. They were issued appearance tickets for town court.

The dog was taken by the local dog warden.

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25 injured as California school stage falls http://edtechpost.com/ap-us-anaheim-stage-collapse.html http://edtechpost.com/ap-us-anaheim-stage-collapse.html#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:01:03 +0000 inna.ivanina http://edtechpost.com/?p=3844

More than 600 students, parents, faculty and alumni observed collapsed theater stage at a Southern California high school. What did cause this?

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Investigators combed through a collapsed theater stage at a Southern California high school Sunday, trying to determine why it buckled during a performance and sent 25 students to the hospital, some with broken bones but most with minor injuries like bruises and scrapes, authorities said Sunday.

Police, firefighters and medics responded to a call Saturday night after the wooden stage gave way at Servite High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Anaheim.

About 250 students from nearby Rosary High School, an all-girls sister school, were singing and dancing on the platform when they fell 5 feet, Anaheim police Lt. Tim Schmidt said.

One girl who was on the stage behind the collapsed area said it was the last of several performances and everyone was feeling great when things went suddenly wrong.

“We were all jumping, having fun, we’ve done it five times before, and then all the sudden the girls in front of me just disappeared,” 14-year-old freshman Sabrina Lee told KABC-TV on Sunday afternoon. “I don’t know what happened. All I knew was I turned around and ran.”

Witness Stephanie Stevenson told the TV station “everyone was jumping around like crazy” when “the very front row just completely fell under. We were all in shock.”

More than 100 students, staff and family members from the high school gathered on Sunday to pray and show support for the injured.

The cause appeared to be too many students on stage and too much weight on the platform, Schmidt said.

“We’re lucky that no one was seriously injured,” he said. “It was a quick, sudden collapse, and the students fell right away.”

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Inspectors will double-check the school’s stage permit to determine if it’s up to date. They will also review whether the permit included a weight restriction or a limit on the number of people who could be on stage. The investigation is expected to take two weeks.

The stage was extended in the 1980s to provide more square footage, Schmidt said. It was the add-on that collapsed.

More than 600 students, parents, faculty and alumni were in the auditorium at the time of the accident.

The students were performing in “Red and Gold,” Rosary High’s annual musical theater challenge since 1971, in which teams prepare for six weeks to put on choral, dance, drama and other performances, according to the school’s website.

“Thank you for your prayers and support during this time,” Rosary Principal Judy Luttrell said in a statement posted on the school’s website after the collapse. “We ask that you continue to pray for our students. We thank you all, the Servite community, and the responders for their calm assistance.”

In a statement, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange said it was “an unfortunate accident.” The diocese said an internal investigation was underway.

Servite High School was founded in 1958. Its sister school, Rosary, opened in 1965.

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