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Students Tackle Video-Game Design

Wed, 08/08/2012
Education Week

As more schools integrate digital games into learning, programs are evolving to turn students into bona fide video-game designers

By Ian Quillen

In one row [click on red link], juniors Jacob Currence and Tyler Gum test the gun-shooting level of "Finding Mr. X," a film noir-flavored game they've created to test players' acumen in quadratic equations. Behind them, Kasey Meadows demonstrates how the protagonist in "The Lost Llama" weaves through a maze and solves riddles about mathematical sines, cosines, and tangents.

The incessant low din suggests chaos, but White insists it's the sound of productivity.

"It's just a different type of classroom," she says.

White is the pioneer here at Tygarts Valley Middle and High School in Mill Creek, W.Va., where for one period a day for the past two years she has taught the Globaloria curriculum, a creation of the New York City-based ed-tech nonprofit World Wide Workshop built around students participating in social networking and video design. It's an effort to transform much more than the classroom vibe.

Facebook's slide continues despite the company's reach

Fri, 08/03/2012
The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook shares fell nearly 4 percent on Wednesday to $20.88 — nearly half of what they were worth when the company went public on May 17. [Told you so. HSeverywhere's guesstimate of Facebook's "as-is" value prior to the IPO's open: $5. We think that at $20.88 Facebook shares are four times too high. To help Facebook soar to new heights, however, HSeverywhere would propose the immediate implementation of the financial engine detailed in the www.hseverywhere.com business plan.]

It has been a tough week for Facebook. Last Thursday, the company's shares declined 8.5 percent in regular trading, as investors reacted to the weak earnings report the day before of Zynga, the social gaming site that is a major Facebook partner. Then last Friday, the stock was down again, to slightly under $23 a share in after-hours trading, after Facebook's own earnings report.

Marchionne’s Chrysler Stars in Fiat’s Struggle for Profit

Thu, 08/02/2012
By Tommaso Ebhardt, Alex Webb and Craig Trudell [Tommaso, Alex and Craig, shhh!!! Help us keep secret the HSeverywhere solution. However, with your permission, we'd like to add your article to our blog. Thanks.]

Fiat SpA (F) Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne can't stop the financial bleeding in Europe, so he's shifting the automaker's growth and profit focus to Chrysler Group LLC in the U.S.

Biggest Chapter Yet For a Poison Pen

Tue, 07/31/2012
The Wall Street Journal
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Daniel Loeb isn't one given to half-measures. The hedge-fund manager competes in triathlons, never, never drinks from a plastic water bottle and is unsparing at times in his criticism of corporate executives.

That is exactly how his investors like him.

"I didn't give him the money to have a mellow Dan Loeb," said Hugh F. Culverhouse, a Miami investor whose family once owned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team. "If I want a mellow Dan Loeb, let me redeem."

A Firebrand Departs From GM

Mon, 07/30/2012
The Wall Street Journal
Joel Ewanick, Polarizing Force Who Ran $4.5 billion Ad Budget, Ousted Over Vetting of Sponsorship

By Sharon Terlep and Suzanne Vranica

General Motors ousted its global marketing chief, Joel Ewanick. the man responsible for the auto maker's image and one of the largest ad budgets in the U.S. WSJ's Sharon Terlep reports on his two-year tenure that has produced sometimes controversial ads.

A spokesman for GM said Sunday that Mr. Ewanick "failed to meet expectations the company has for its employees" and elected to resign. GM said Mr. Ewanick, 52 years old, will leave the company and be succeeded on an interim basis by U.S. sales and service chief Alan Batey, 49.

[Actually, it appears that the reason given to Ewanick was that he failed to properly vet a European soccer sponsorship.]

Social Mobility Starts and Ends in Schools

Wed, 07/25/2012
Education Next

Given that bipartisan agreement went extinct sometime in the previous decade, the fact that conservatives and liberals have both concluded that the country suffers from a troubling lack of social mobility might be reason enough to celebrate. The problem, as I wrote earlier, is that few commentators on either side of the political spectrum have recognized the obvious: This problem begins with our schools. And it could potentially end there, as well. In my experience with public schools and the culture that surrounds them, we won't close the social mobility gap unless we recognize three facts:

Yahoo's Profit Lags

Wed, 07/18/2012
The Wall Street Journal

New CEO Faces Scores of Problems as Financial Woes Mount

Yahoo released an unremarkable second-quarter earnings report just one day after announcing that former Google VP Marissa Mayer is the company's new CEO. John Letzing has the details.

Yahoo Inc. reported another quarter of lackluster earnings, underscoring the depths of the company's challenges faced by its newly minted chief executive, Marissa Mayer.

Higher Education in a Changing World

Thu, 07/12/2012
The New York Times
Higher Education in a Changing World

Published: July 1, 2012

Pushing American colleges and universities to transform themselves rapidly into more efficient institutions ("Fixing College," by Jeff Selingo, Op-Ed, June 26) may well be a growing demand on the part of many of higher education's constituencies, but to move too fast toward as yet unclear and not yet widely agreed upon results may well be an example of throwing out the baby with the bath water.

‘No Child’ Law Whittled Down by White House

Wed, 07/11/2012
The New York Times
Published: July 6, 2012

In just five months, the Obama administration has freed schools in more than half the nation from provisions of the No Child Left Behind education law, raising the question of whether the decade-old federal program has been essentially nullified.

On Friday, the Department of Education plans to announce that it has granted waivers releasing two more states, Washington and Wisconsin, from some of the most onerous conditions of the signature Bush-era legislation. With this latest round, 26 states are now relieved from meeting the lofty — and controversial — goal of making all students proficient in reading and mathematics by 2014. Additional waivers are pending in 10 states and the District of Columbia.