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December 12, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Daily round-up: Hour of Code draws millions, “flipped classrooms” earn praise in Detroit

Hour of Code draws 10 million students: The classroom coding campaign from Seattle-based Code.org is approaching 11 million sign-ups, as of Thursday morning. The global initiative includes free classroom tutorials designed to get students — and teachers — excited about computer science.

“Flipped classrooms” shake up Detroit-area high school (PBS Newshour): Flipped classrooms, where students watch video lectures at home and complete tradition homework assignments at school, are catching on around the country. Clintondale High School in suburban Detroit is the first U.S. high school to do a total flip, and, so far, educators there say it’s working.

In Minnesota, early ed advocates say investments are paying off (MPR): About 13 percent more Minnesota children were prepared to start kindergarten in 2012 than in 2010, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Education. Early education advocates attribute the increase to the state’s investments in preschool scholarships for low-income children.

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