Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 02/24/2012

  • OpenScholar | drupal.org

    Open scholar is a drupal module that lets you build academic and research sites. I'm looking for a CMS system for our school website and  had a friend on TWitter recommend look at OpenScholar. This is a great option from what I'm seeing. I think schools should move out of Dreamweaver type systems into CMS (Content management) systems in order to have accurate, up to date content.

    tags: education news drupal cms websitedesign

  • Graduation Rates Increase Around The Globe As U.S. Plateaus | WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio

    Graduation rates aren't just a statistic, they may spell economic success or downfall for the US in the next 30 years. It is time to engage students. We can't make it easier to graduate, we actually have to work and help students learn. 

    This series of articles about graduation rates is a good set of articles posted this week on wamu.org (American University Radio.)

    “The United States used to be number one for high school graduation. But times have changed. In 2009, the U.S. ranked 21st out of 26 OECD countries when it came to high school graduation rate, according to Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). “

    “Basically the completion rate is pretty low, by international standards, in the United States,” Schleicher says. Portugal and Slovenia were tied for first in the rankings, Japan and Finland hold the number two spot, and the Czech Republic ranks 17th.

    tags: education graduation news trends

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