New Jersey high-school football coach Dan Russo is using Twitter and Facebook to communicate with the team and fans. Russo also uses the website, Hudl, where he posts game highlights and communicates with team members.
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School districts that serve more students from low-income families may be more likely to adopt open educational resources, according to a report from the Babson Survey Research Group. Data show only about one-third of participating districts were aware of OER.
A surge in the amount of online fundraising campaigns led school board members in a Connecticut district to establish a policy to regulate such campaigns. The guidelines require, among other things, that such campaigns be launched by a group -- not an individual -- and receive prior approval.
US Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., encouraged a group of Virginia middle-school students during a Skype session to find issues that are important to them and get involved in politics. The students quizzed Kaine on issues such as the law-making process and what it's like to be a senator.
Leaders in some school districts are working to develop policies that account for social media use. Joseph Baeta, superintendent of a Massachusetts school district, has launched a districtwide Twitter page to share updates and information.
Forty-one percent of educators say students learn faster with technology, but 78% say teachers need more training to use those tools in the classroom, according to a survey from SAM Labs. The survey found that 65% of teachers say technology use has improved student performance in math, while 56% report seeing improvements in reading and writing.