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Sep 03

Back to School Shopping

This back-to-school season parents and economists alike are shocked by the costs associated with preparing students for school. Schools are increasingly asking families to buy supplies for the classroom and school, as well as personalized technology. The additional costs have some questioning whether it is reasonable. Listen to this public radio story to learn more about how families and schools are adjusting to increased technological costs.

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Sep 02

Helping Paralyzed People Walk

More than a quarter of a million people in the United States have spinal cord injury and two million are in wheelchairs, a new technology from ReWalk Robotics gives the possibility of walking for some paraplegics with the help of a motorized exoskeleton. Today’s public radio story gives an inside look at the technology and the impact it can have on the lives of its users. Listen to learn more about the successes of the product as well as current obstacles and future goals.

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Sep 01

The Economics of an Early School Day

High School students often begin class between 7 and 8 a.m. despite medical recommendations that schools start later to give student more time to sleep. The negative effects of sleep deprivation, including lower academic performance, has pushed some experts to argue this is one of the least expensive ways to increase student performance. However, efforts to push back start times have a big roadblock: bus schedules. Listen to today’s public radio story to learn more about why the economics of an earlier school day might not work.

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Aug 29

Designing the School of the Future

Schools haven’t changed much in the last hundred years. But as more schools embrace digital tools in the classroom, the traditional school building is likely to change. Today’s public radio story examines what the school of the future might look like. And designers are predicting the more flexible school spaces will cost less money to build.

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