USA Today natl education & demographics writer. Author of THE GAME BELIEVES IN YOU: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter (out 4/21/15) gtoppo@usatoday.com

How technology can make learning more dangerous.

slate.com — This piece was adapted from The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter, out in April from Palgrave Macmillan. Steve Jobs once called the personal computer "a bicycle for our minds," a tool that helps us go farther with the same amount of energy. But...

Ebola nurse Pham in 'fair condition' at DC-area hospital

usatoday.com — Nina Pham, the first nurse to test positive for Ebola at a Dallas hospital, was listed in "fair" condition Friday and "resting comfortably" at a state-of-the-art facility at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland where she was transferred just before midnight.

Apologies, vows to "do better" in Ebola crisis

usatoday.com — Several people in the midst of the Ebola crisis have apologized for mistakes and missteps: Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Apologized on Monday for suggesting over the weekend that Dallas nurse Nina Pham, 29, was to blame for her infection.

Study: Kids likelier to take ADHD drugs in school year

usatoday.com — After a decade of education reform, U.S. public schools are refocused on basic academics and the needs of low-income and minority students. Could that transformation be leading more kids to take medication to pay attention in class?

'How We Got to Now': Unsung history of the modern world

usatoday.com — If you believe history is all about kings, queens, presidents and military generals, you've clearly never heard of Ellis Chesbrough, the railroad engineer who in the 1850s lifted Chicago onto jackscrews to make room for a sewer system. How about the legendary Capt.

Teachers schooled in video game 101

winnipegfreepress.com — Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION THE place where the video game was invented more than 50 years ago now wants to teach teachers, entrepreneurs and students how to design educational games for the learning -- hoping for a new kind of classroom tech tool.

MIT to offer free online courses in game design, ed tech

usatoday.com — The place where the video game was invented more than 50 years ago now wants to teach teachers, entrepreneurs and students how to design games for the learning - and it is hoping that the end result will be a new kind of tech tool for the classroom.

Federal complaint: Filipino teachers held in 'servitude'

usatoday30.usatoday.com — RECRUITER'S FOOTHOLD She was seeking that most American of dreams: a new life, and opportunities she couldn't approach back home. But along the way, Cruz says she has endured intimidation, humiliation, extortion and a long, painful separation from her young daughters.

Survey: Common Core standards working well

usatoday.com — "Common Core" academic guidelines for public schools are sowing controversy as teachers implement them across the USA. Several states have balked at requiring them and even comedian Louis C.K. last May took to Twitter to complain, "My kids used to love math. Now it makes them cry. Thanks standardized testing and common core!"

NAACP finds many states lack laws barring profiling

usatoday.com — Just after a heated summer that included a handful of fatalities at the hands of police that raised questions of racism, the NAACP has released a report that says many states do not have laws that explicitly prohibit racial profiling.
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Oct 21, 2014

RT @Joy_Resmovits: "We often say my first year teaching was a wreck," Ball says. "What if airplane pilots said my first year is a wreck?" #EWAteachers

Oct 21, 2014

"School has turned #math into something that makes no sense." @elizwgreen on Recife research w/ kid street vendors. #ewateachers

Oct 21, 2014

RT @Joy_Resmovits: "This is what it means in real life to have low academic rigor:" Americans asked why they must pay 1/lb burger price 4 1/3lb! #ewateachers

Oct 21, 2014

Detroit Public Schools nutrition director on city's healthful food effort: "Tony the Tiger doesn't live here anymore." #ewateachers

Oct 17, 2014

My NYC school of the future: The Marx Brothers Advanced Center of Educational Horizons. Get your own from @WNYC! project.wnyc.org/school-names

Oct 17, 2014

Video Contest Asks Nebraska Students to Forecast "Our Connected Future" shar.es/1mkpA6

Oct 17, 2014

RT @KPCC: 'Gertie the Dinosaur,' animation watershed, deserved a bigger 100th birthday party kp.cc/1wiu8a9 pic.twitter.com/LpFGfPgEhr

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