Weekly News Roundup: 1.23.15

By Cari Jackson 01.22.2015 blog

This week in education news: the President outlines his goals for education, Pittsburgh emerges as leader in digital innovation, Intel dedicates $300 million to STEM education, UNICEF urges world leaders to act on education, researchers discover that texts are a cheap and easy way to raise test scores and the Library of Congress releases free iBooks for educators.

An Education Wrap-Up of President Obama’s State of the Union Address
This week, the President outlined his goals for the coming year in his State of the Union Address. NPR and EdWeek  weigh in what the President’s plans mean for K-12 and higher education. Biggest news: the President restated his goal to make community college free for dedicated students.

Pittsburgh’s Network of Support for Tech Captures National Attention
EdWeek reports on how Pittsburgh has emerged as a model for supporting fresh approaches to technology-infused education, especially for young children. A close-knit network of philanthropists, educators, technologists and advocates are working together to bring all 25,000 public school students into the digital-innovation fold.

Intel Dedicates $300 million for STEM Education in Underserved Schools
Fortune Magazine reports that Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that he will dedicate $300 million to sponsor STEM education in K-12 classes and in universities, with a focus on underserved regions. The money is part of a broader effort to boost diversity among its workforce.

UNICEF Urges World Leaders to Invest in Education
Yoka Brandt, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, outlined to an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos how investing in education is smart economics. Currently, more than 120 million children are not in school, and another 130 million cannot read or count by Grade 4. By 2030, over 600 million more children will be underserved, creating global instability.

Researchers Find that Texts Serve as Useful Tools for Literacy and Learning
The New York Times reports that researchers have been testing the usefulness of texts, for keeping college students on track, guiding high school students toward enrolling in college and even offering literacy tips to parents of preschoolers. At a school in Los Angeles, parents of middle and high schoolers get text updates about students’ schoolwork — which led to a rise in test scores.

Library of Congress Launches Free Student Discovery Set iBooks
Our resident EdTech blogger reviews how to use the series of Student Discovery Sets from the Library of Congress, now available for free on iTunes. This iBooks offer students an up-close look at the LOC’s deep well of primary source documents, gathered under six major topics in American History.


  1. theleopardjillias123

    We have enough golf games already. and now this?! this tells me they’ve run out of ideas.

  2. Jaidin

    I think this isn’t gonna be the next big thing because people aren’t gonna try to learn a sport that is a combination of golf and Football(Soccer)

    • Emily floyd

      If you ask me the change is great. Gets more kids out and active. Most kids think golf is boring more are into soccer. This is one great next big thing. I’ll totally try it.

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