Hazel Avery, 86, holds her iPad for the first time. The Connecting to Community program, with funding from the AARP Foundation, teaches low-income seniors how to increase social engagement online. The Washington, D.C., program chose seniors with no previous computer experience. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Helping Low-Income Seniors Build A Social Web Online

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Video Game Creators Are Using Apps To Teach Empathy

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Young students in a Bridge International Academy school in Nairobi, in September. On the surface, there's little to distinguish these schools from others in the developing world. But Bridge's model relies on teachers reading lessons from tablets. Frederic Courbet for NPR hide caption

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Do For-Profit Schools Give Poor Kenyans A Real Choice?

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To children the world is a vast experiment, a laboratory of how things interact with one another. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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New York University in Shanghai is the first Sino-U.S. joint university. Here, a student speaks with an NYU staffer on Aug. 11. Liu Xiaojing/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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For Some NYU Students, A Sweet Deal To Study ... In Shanghai

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Robot Turtles is for future programmers ages 3 to 8. Courtesy of Robot Turtles hide caption

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In the hopes of easing pressures on China's students, the country' education officials are considering a ban on written homework. Here, students walk to school in Beijing in June. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Girls are more likely to take high school physics if they see women in their communities working in science, technology, engineering and math, a new study finds. Dominik Pabis/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Why Aren't More Girls Attracted To Physics?

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