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LHS engineering kids bring home more hardware

Lindsey Slater

Let me tell you something, the Lawrence High college prep engineering students are amazing.First, they cleaned up at the KU engineering competition in October. And the boys have a pretty sweet sense of humor too. They totally helped me out on my stand-up. (I tried to be funny — they ...

Kids get their spell on this weekend

Lindsey Slater

I'm pretty p-u-m-p-e-d for this Saturday. Yes, the KU men's basketball team is taking on Oklahoma State, but it's what's going down before the game that I'm excited about.The 2009 Douglas County Spelling Bee. WOOT!That's right. The cream of the Douglas County crop (specifically Baldwin, Eudora, and public and private ...

Drop 10 friends, get a free burger

Lindsey Slater

Kids love their social networking -- Facebook, MySpace, they're Twittering (which, by the way, I still don't get) and doing all sorts of stuff online. Just last week, it was announced that Facebook has 150 million users worldwide. Advertisers are sure to follow with those numbers for Facebookers young and ...

Pinckney "Boys in Ties" on Rachael Ray Show tomorrow

Lindsey Slater

As some of you might remember, I did a story on some second-grade boys at Pinckney School this past December. They were totally adorable, and it was one story where almost all reader comments were positive! If you're a regular on, you know that's not exactly the norm.Well, to ...

Kids are germy, and I guess adults aren't much better

Lindsey Slater

Yesterday, a co-worker walked into the News Center and said the worst words I could ever imagine: "I'm sick." (Okay, that's not the worst thing ever, but you know what I mean.)Now, mind you, it's winter and it's cold and blah, blah, we're all expected to get sick. Once I ...

Teen dating — outdated?

Lindsey Slater

OK, so I understand I'm young. 23. Practically a baby. Graduated high school in 2003. I participated in the whole anti-dating teen dating thing that goes on these days. We didn't go on "dates" — it was hanging out. And we usually weren't alone — we were with 10 of ...

Top five K-12 education stories of 2008

Lindsey Slater

We're counting down the top five stories on various topics today as part of an annual recap of the top stories of the year we'll do later this month. Join the conversation by letting us know what we missed or what stories you think are important by posting a comment, ...

The Newest Love Doctor: 9-year-old Alec Greven

Lindsey Slater

I've decided that a 9-year-old boy has the best love advice I've ever heard. His name is Alec Greven and you might have seen him on the Ellen Degeneres Show or CNN. His first book, "How To Talk to Girls," is a pop sensation.Of course, I went out and bought ...

iTunes U — Learning outside the classroom

Lindsey Slater

As I was making my education blog rounds, I stumbled upon Alexander Russo's This Week in Education and took a lesson on iTunes U, which launched last spring.Basically, it's a bunch of free podcasts and videos from colleges, universities and educational organizations around the world, covering a wide range of ...

Free State election concludes with many lessons learned

Alex  Parker

Front pages across the world blared "Obama" yesterday, following Barack Obama's historic victory in the U.S. presidential race.Lost in the din of the historic moment was the [mock election][1] results at Free State High School. Students in Bobby Nichols' AP Politics course conducted the campaign for several weeks, picking three ...

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