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USA Today

April McCullum

22 August 2019

Wolford, North Dakota, United States

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In response to a shortage of teachers, North Dakota's public schools are experimenting with online learning alternatives. "Rural areas have a chance that they’ve never had before," the executive director of the North ...

The New York Times

Nellie Bowles

7 July 2019

Fowler, California, United States

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Online kindergarten readiness certificate programs in several states are offering low-income families, without reliable preschool programs, an alternative to expensive private care centers. Acknowledging criticism of ...

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Molly Fosco

2 June 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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After her experience arriving woefully unprepared at Dartmouth, Alex Bernadotte started Beyond 12, a tech nonprofit that provides virtual coaching to graduating high school seniors and college students. Beyond 12 has ...

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Amelia Axelsen

23 May 2019

Namibia

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Providing access to international networks of expertise can improve the quality of healthcare available to those living in rural and remote areas. Project ECHO, an initiative based in New Mexico, has partnered with th...

FastCompany

Harry McCracken

19 March 2019

Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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JamieSue Goodman, an employee at Google, was part of the team that developed an Applied Digital Skills curriculum that teaches students how to use technology to accomplish real-world tasks. Available for educators wor...

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Donna Liu

30 January 2019

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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An organization in New Jersey called Hopeworks combines trauma-informed practices with career and life-readiness skill-learning. Teens who enter the program are equipped with a team of mentors (academic and life) to h...

The Hechinger Report

Mareesa Nicosia

28 January 2019

Alaska, United States

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Three school districts in northwestern Alaska are using a high-speed fiber-optic cable connection to increase connectivity and offer students new opportunities to use educational technology that their peers in other p...

BBC

Vibeke Venema

22 January 2019

Ankara, Turkey

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Education for children with autism can be a costly challenge to procure, but an app called Otsimo aims to democratize education by providing software designed specifically for autistic children. Now 3 years old with o...

Montana Public Radio

Kevin Trevellyan

21 January 2019

Montana, United States

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Funding from the US federal government is helping one Utah nonprofit bring educational resources to children in Montana. UPSTART, developed by the Waterford Institute, uses computer programs to teach children academic...

The Boston Globe

Laura Krantz

17 January 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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As higher education institutions struggle to attract students wiling to pay the exorbitant cost to attend, one subset of schools has had a particularly challenging past few decades -- alternative schools. But some are...

Daily Emerald

Erin Carey

9 January 2019

Oregon, United States

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Through a new partnership, the University of Oregon's bookstore is embracing e-books as part of its inventory. These online alternatives help students to save money they would otherwise be spending on heavy hardcover ...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

6 December 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Most prisoners don’t have access to computer, in order to bridge the digital divide the Prisoner Reentry Institute is offering a free course called Tech 101 to former prisoners who served long sentences. People are ta...

Bright Magazine

Christopher Clark

15 November 2018

South Africa

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After an initial push by foreign companies to get tablets, computers, and other e-learning devices into classrooms in many African countries with promises to democratize access to education, EdTech startups are taking...

The New York Times

Melina Delkic

1 November 2018

Queens, New York, United States

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The "maker" movement is a growing trend in education that allows students to learn in a creative, hands-on, project-based way that develops an idea in real time using tools and technology. The annual Maker Faire in Qu...

Bright Magazine

Halima Gikandi

27 September 2018

Kenya

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Only one percent of college-age refugees have access to higher education. Borderless Higher Education for Refugees, an international consortium of academic institutions, offers digital learning opportunities to the po...

Forbes

Lily Jones

3 September 2018

United States

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A new crop of international companies is connecting English-language teachers and students in China for online tutoring sessions. The flexible arrangements are a way for Chinese elementary and secondary pupils to impr...

The New York Times

Laura Pappano

2 August 2018

Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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Universities like Princeton look to social media and other digital solutions to form a connection with their latest generation of students. Teachers incorporate iPads and video conferencing into their curriculum to ke...

Al-Fanar Media

Doreen Aijambo

16 July 2018

Somaliland

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Similar to other countries in Africa, Somaliland is using technology to better education. There, an estimated 150,000 parents use a free-mobile messaging tool to communicate about school conditions with the government...

The Boston Globe

Deirdre Fernandes

7 July 2018

Kenya

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Far from its location in Boston, Southern New Hampshire University is offering refugees at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya a shot at getting an education. SNHU offers associate's and bachelor’s online degree programs...

Christian Science Monitor

Stacey Teicher Khadaroo

9 May 2018

Yemen

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A group of college students has developed a text-message based entrepreneurship course designed for students in locations where "phones are common, but internet access is not," including in Yemen. The founders hope t...

Inc. Magazine

Sonya Mann

5 February 2018

United States

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In response to the rising cost of college and a changing labor market, several startups are offering an alternative to traditional 4-year higher education programs. In exchange for on average one year of training in c...

The New York Times

Kate Taylor

11 January 2018

United States

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Several charter school networks have found that a strict and structured approach to instruction, while it may be improving test scores, is not resulting in the anticipated increase in timely college completion rates f...

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Jamie Rigg

28 November 2017

London, England

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Tate Modern’s 2017 exhibition on painter Amedeo Modigliani included a virtual reality recreation of Modigliani’s final studio in Paris. Seated on wooden chairs with VR headsets on, visitors can explore the studio and ...

The 74

Carolyn Phenicie

26 November 2017

Utah, United States

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Since Upstart launched in rural Utah in 2009, 30,000 children have completed the online personalized preschool alternative from their homes. Upstart provides participating families with computers and internet access i...

PBS NewsHour

Jackie Mader

3 November 2017

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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In Mississippi, where only four percent of four-year olds are covered by state-funded preschool, free online curricula offer an enticing opportunity. UPSTART, one of these programs, provides complementary training for...

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