Hot on HuffPost Tech:

See More Stories
AOL Tech

Tag: SCHOOL

With Schools Turning to the Web for K-12 Education, Quality is a Concern

Online courses have become an accepted fact of college life. But more and more school districts are turning to Web-based learning for lower grade levels, especially as a way for struggling high school students to make up courses they've failed or missed. The online classes aren't only for those who have fallen behind, though. Due to budget constraints, some schools are using them to offer...

Professor Shuts Student's Laptop in Class, Gets Arrested for Assault

A professor at Georgia's Valdosta State University was arrested on assault charges last week, after shutting a laptop on a student's hand. Frank J. Rybicki, an assistant professor of media studies, reportedly became angry with a female student who seemed to be surfing the Web on her laptop rather than paying attention to class. Frustrated, he shut the laptop and dismissed the student, who...

Teacher Adapts 'Minecraft' for the Classroom

The cult hit 'Minecraft' stands out from the current crop of video games as perhaps the most malleable, and its latest adaptation is as a classroom aid. Computer teacher Joel Levin at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School has adapted the game to teach an entire unit to his first and second grade students. Lessons start with Levin explaining the day's goals, but quickly move into the world of...

Chicago Teacher Accused of Ridiculing 7-Year-Old Student on Facebook

A public school teacher in Chicago is under investigation for allegedly ridiculing one of her students on Facebook. Last week, 7-year-old Ukailya Lofton attached Jolly Rancher candies to the ends of her braids in celebration of her school's picture day. The hairstyle reportedly amused Lofton's computer teacher, who allegedly took a picture of the child with her cell phone and shared it on...

Tyler Clementi's Parents Urge Prosecution, But Also Leniency

The parents of Tyler Clementi -- the 18-year-old Rutgers student who committed suicide last year after his classmates secretly recorded and streamed video of him having sex -- said yesterday that they want his former roommate Dharun Ravi's invasion of privacy case prosecuted, though they do not want him to receive "harsh punishment." His parents hope that the invasion of privacy charges will...

School Bus Driver Arrested After Sending Over 1,000 Texts While Driving

Just about everyone in the world knows that texting while driving puts motorists and passengers in serious danger, especially if school buses are involved. Evelyn Guzman, however, apparently didn't think it was that big of a deal. Guzman, 47, was recently arrested in Connecticut after police found video footage showing the woman sending text messages while driving a school bus. The surveillance...

UChicago Student Launches Hookup Site, World Freaks Out

Full disclosure before we move forward with this one: I went to the University of Chicago. For days I have been fielding IMs and staring at Facebook posts about this hookup site brouhaha. If I had my way, I'd perform a partial lobotomy to expunge any knowledge of UChicagoHookups.com. UChicago's unofficial tagline is "where fun comes to die." The site's is "where fun comes to thrive." Even...

N.Y. Teacher Could Be Fired Over Controversial Facebook Post

Share A Brooklyn teacher could be out of a job very soon, after making some controversial comments about her students on Facebook. Just a day after a 12-year-old girl drowned on a school field trip to the beach, fifth-grade teacher Christine Rubino posted a status update, implying that her students may deserve the same fate. "After today, I'm thinking the beach is a good trip for my class. I...

Student Charged With Hacking Grades on School Computers for Money

Police in Nevada have arrested a 19-year-old college student, accusing him of hacking into his high school's computer system and inflating students' grades in exchange for money. The suspect, Tyler Coyner, allegedly obtained the password to Pahrump Valley High School's network, giving him the ability to change students' grades. Coyner, who is currently enrolled as a student at the University of...

Students Face Expulsion For Calling Teacher Pedophile on Facebook

A 13-year old Georgia girl is facing expulsion and relocation to an "alternative school" after she called one of her teachers a pedophile on Facebook. The girl, Alejandra Sosa, and two of her classmates who commented on the post must now go before a disciplinary tribunal for what Chapel Hill Middle School calls a "level one" offense: the worst category of transgression in the student handbook....

Skipping School? Anaheim Truants Tracked via GPS

A school district in Anaheim, California is experimenting with a new system for getting chronically truant students to school, and on time. Seventh and eighth graders in the district with four or more unexcused absences are issued a small GPS device. Every morning, an automated system calls the students to remind them to get to school. Students are then required to use the tracking device to check...

Gates Foundation Bets on Facebook Startup to Keep Kids in School

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants to encourage college freshmen to stay in school -- and it's counting on social networking to help. Today, the organization is expected to announce a $2 million investment in a company called Inigral, which sets up school-specific Facebook sites at colleges around the country. Unlike Facebook pages devoted to particular colleges or universities,...

Texas Teen Uses Robot to Remotely Attend High School Classes

Lyndon Baty's weakened immune system won't allow him to attend classes at his local high school in Knox City, Texas. Fortunately, though, there's a robot capable of doing that for him. Baty, who suffers from Polycystic Kidney Disease, is now remotely attending his freshman classes via a VGO robot, which allows him to interact with his teachers and fellow students from the comfort of his own...

California Teen Avoids Suspension for Facebook Status, Thanks to ACLU

Share A California teenager who called his teacher a "fat ass" on Facebook has avoided punishment from his high school, thanks to the ACLU. In December, 10th-grader Donny Dunlap received an unusually large amount of homework from his biology teacher, so he decided to vent about it on Facebook. In a status update, the teen announced that the teacher is a "fat ass who should stop eating fast...

Lazy Florida Schools Replace Teachers With Computers

Walk into just about any classroom in the developed world, and you'll see the same basic things: desks, chairs, students -- and, of course, a teacher. You won't always find those things in the sunny state of Florida, however, where someone has had the bright idea to replace teachers with computers. It's all part of a new program in the public schools of Miami-Dade County, and involves 54...