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December 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM
With the growing amount of educational materials offered on the Internet for free, are textbooks on their way out?
They soon may be. In the Lake Washington School District, for example, educators are investigating whether they can replace their high-school science texts with e-books built from free materials available online.
Up until recently, district officials didn’t think there was enough online curriculum to replace traditional textbooks, said Linda Stevens, director of curriculum and assessment.
Now, the district believes online materials may be equivalent or superior to what’s in print — and cheaper, too.
November 12, 2013 at 3:04 PM
Need low-cost technology training but don’t know where to go? Try your local library — it’s free.
The program — which includes hundreds of training sessions in everything from basic digital literacy to Microsoft Office to advanced IT — is already available in public high schools. Since 2011, 16,000 students here have become technology-certified.
Similar trainings will now be available to adult library users.
October 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Junior Achievement, the nonprofit that educates students about workforce readiness, has teamed up with the global professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to offer a free phone app that helps students learn about career options.
The app, JA Build Your Future, gives information about more than 100 different careers, and shows users the level of education they’ll need to get a job in that field, how much that education will likely cost, and how much they’ll make when they get a job.
At the end of the exercise, teens get a “return on investment” score that tells them if they’ll be able to pay off the debt accrued to earn the education needed based on future income.
But if you want to try an old-school approach to finding a job that pays, you might want to take a look at this recently-released University of California-San Diego Extension report, which considers the hottest careers right for mid-career and recent college grads.
The number-one career? Software developers.
About the authors
Katherine Long has been a reporter for The Seattle Times since 1990, focusing for the past three years on higher ed, with stories that have ranged from the complexities of prepaid tuition programs to nontraditional ways to earn a degree.
Claudia Rowe joined The Seattle Times’ reporting staff in 2013. She has written about education for The New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, among other publications.
Mike Siegel has been a news photographer at the Seattle Times since 1987. His photography was used in a series titled "Methadone and the Politics of Pain," which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for investigative reporting.
Janet Horne Henderson is The Times’ education editor. She has directed award-winning stories and projects examining race, immigration, religion and health, in addition to education
Caitlin Moran is community engagement editor for Education Lab. Her role is to help foster constructive dialogue online and in person
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