Survey reveals OER trends in schools | Conn. district sets policy on online fundraising | Students quiz US senator during Skype session

October 31, 2017
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Stories from the Field
How one football coach uses social media
How one football coach uses social media
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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.
The Daily Journal (Vineland, N.J.) (10/27) 
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Future Ready Leaders
Survey reveals OER trends in schools
Survey reveals OER trends in schools
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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.
eSchool News (free registration) (10/30) 
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Conn. district sets policy on online fundraising
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.
Connecticut Post (Fairfield County-Bridgeport) (10/26) 
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.

Connecting Classrooms
Students quiz US senator during Skype session
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.
Martinsville Bulletin (Va.) (10/25) 
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Tech Tools & Trends
Should schools set limits on social media?
Should schools set limits on social media?
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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.
The Sun Chronicle (Attleboro, Mass.) (10/30) 
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Survey: Teachers want more tech training
Survey: Teachers want more tech training
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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.
T.H.E. Journal (10/26) 
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There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Niccolo Machiavelli,
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