Va. district uses Google Classroom for PD | Ohio 8th-graders Skype with US Capitol official | Authors teach about writing in virtual visits
March 28, 2017
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Okla. class gets "scrapping" with museum program
After reading a book about "scrapping" during World War II, Amanda Purdy's third-grade class at an Oklahoma elementary school used Skype to connect with the National World War II Museum in Louisiana and began a recycling campaign. The students posted their projects on social media and were featured as the Class of the Month on the museum's blog.
The Enid News & Eagle (Okla.) (3/27) 
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Va. district uses Google Classroom for PD
Officials in a Virginia school district are using Google Classroom for effective and convenient professional development for teachers, according to Tina Weaver, director of teaching and learning for Madison County Public Schools. In this commentary, she describes how teachers complete the modules according to their pace and schedule.
District Administration magazine online (3/23) 
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Ohio 8th-graders Skype with US Capitol official
Ohio 8th-graders Skype with US Capitol official
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Eighth-graders at an Ohio school recently attended a Skype chat with US Capitol representative Erik Frere to learn more about federal government. The students asked questions about the legislative branch, the role of the vice president in Congress and other topics.
Richland Source (Mansfield, Ohio) (3/26) 
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Authors teach about writing in virtual visits
Authors teach about writing in virtual visits
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More elementary- and middle-school teachers are connecting book authors to students through social media conversations using Skype, Twitter, Google Hangout or FaceTime. Teachers say conversations with authors give students insight into the real-world writing process, while the authors say they benefit from the interactions.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (3/21) 
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Video chatting supports Peer Mentoring 2.0
Video chatting supports Peer Mentoring 2.0
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Personal exchanges between students can help prevent school violence, according to Sean Brooks, a graduate student at Walden University. Brooks shares several tips to help implement what he calls Peer Mentoring 2.0, including using Skype or FaceTime if students cannot meet in person.
eSchool News (free registration) (3/21) 
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Study: E-readers tied to less frequent reading
The greater access that students have to electronic reading devices, such as iPads and mobile phones, the less likely they are to read, according to a recent study by Murdoch University lecturer Margaret Merga. Findings also show that frequent readers prefer paper books.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (3/21) 
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