Here are some of the informational and educational articles that caught my attention this week. These articles discuss the next phases in Google operations, the free speech rights of teachers and the advances in technology by using robots in the classroom. These are all exciting and innovative plans that let our children really work towards the future. The articles all highlight some upcoming changes and updates that are occurring in many schools across the country and around the world.
Google ‘Code-In’ Calls on K-12 Students To Become Open Source Developers – Google’s new ‘Code-In’ competition presents 13- to 18-year-olds with eight tasks, ranging from refactoring code and interface design to writing and editing software documentation and developing marketing materials. Their goals are to introduce K-12 students to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible. For every three tasks they complete, students get $100, up to a maximum of $500. Ten grand prize winners will get an all-expenses-paid trip with a family member to Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters.
Court: No Teacher Speech Rights on Curriculum – It has been ruled by the U.S. Court of Appeals that teachers have no First Amendment free-speech protection for curricular decisions they make in the classroom. Since cases involving teachers assigning certain books and readings to students, this has been the next logical step in many districts.
Robot teachers invade South Korean classrooms – The South Korean government has launched a pilot program that gives students in two elementary schools the chance to be taught English by robot teachers. Robots serve a variety of educational purposes. Robots are mainly used to enhance classroom experience, not to replace actual teachers.
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