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CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Science is a  research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. Back in 2011 they started their popular program that allows artists from around the world to apply for their residency program. "We believe that particle physics and the arts are inextricably linked: both are ways to explore our existence – what it is to be human and our place in the universe," explained the program's director, Ariane Koek, at the time.

In this blog post, Andrew Marcinek suggests answering some questions when designing instruction.  He writes:

Whether you are using technology or simply shaking up the myopic way that the textbook has forced many of us to teach for years, the key is to begin with some questions about your instructional design:

SUNY Adirondack and Open SUNY are offering an online course on New York State History for the 2015 Spring semester.  The semester begins on January 20th and ends on May 8th.  The course is a 200-level undergraduate course, but students may work at the graduate level.  You may register through either institution and you do not need to be a matriculated students.


Read more about this opportunity here.

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The New York State Education Department Commissioner John B. KIng Jr. and Board of Regents Chancellor Meryl H. Tisch today released the graduation rates for the 2010 cohort (students who entered 9th grade in 2010). The overall graduation rate increased from 74.9 percent to 76.4 percent. The 2010 cohort is the first group of students to enter grade 9 following the State's adoption of the Common Core Standards. Despite the rigorous new standards, the recent graduation rate release shows a large increase from the 2001 graduation levels of 65.8 percent.

For several years Google has been working with a number of art and cultural institutions to help digitize offline exhibits and bring them to the online masses. Now, Google has announced their plans to open up the Google Cultural Institute as a platform for museums and galleries to build their own mobile apps. Currently, the platform is only compatible with Android phones and interested parties must apply to be considered for access to the app.