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May 09, 2013 08:01 pm


Coursera, a well-known provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), announced this week that they’ll be partnering with several publishers to provide some textbooks for free for student-use while taking the courses. The textbooks would be available on e-readers. Washington Post

A one-hour TED Talks Education program aired this week, bringing together teachers and education advocates who each delivered short, high-impact talks on the theme of teaching and learning. You can watch the program online. PBS

The Texas Senate approved a bill this week that will dramatically reduce the number of standardized tests that students need to take in order to graduate high school. The House passed a different version of the bill that also reduces the number of tests. The two bills will have to be reconciled. Huffington Post

Increasing numbers of cities and school districts are surveying their teachers to find out if they feel prepared to begin teaching to the Common Core State Standards. The newest is Sacramento; the results are broken down into school districts. Sacramento Bee


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