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1. Va. district responds to Twitter backlash over inclement weather decision

SmartBrief on EdTech | Jan 29, 2015

A Virginia school district has for a second time this year urged students to be respectful on Twitter after inclement weather decisions sparked an online backlash. In a tweet sent earlier this week, officials reminded students that the district's policies apply online, too. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (01/29)

2. How an educator cut tech use to 7 apps, software programs

SmartBrief on EdTech | Jan 29, 2015

Educator William Tolley accepted a challenge to narrow technology to use a maximum of seven applications or key software items after realizing that the bulk of teachers' professional development was focused on new mobile apps and technology. In this blog post, Tolley shares the parameters he used to make choices for technology. Center for Teaching Quality (01/29)

3. FETC speakers highlight 3D printing, gaming in classrooms

SmartBrief on EdTech | Jan 26, 2015

Speakers at last week's FETC conference focused, in part, on the benefits of game-based learning and the future of 3D printing in schools. Yuri Salnikoff, head of marketing for MakerBot, predicted that 3D printing will become mainstream in schools within 12 years. EdTech magazine online (01/23) SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (01/23)

4. Fla. middle-school teacher uses GoPro to engage students in lessons

SmartBrief on EdTech | Jan 27, 2015

A middle-school teacher in Florida says his decision to use a GoPro camera in the classroom was a "win-win" for students and teachers. In this commentary, Charles Moseley, a technology and television production teacher, describes how students used the devices to take photos and videos that were used on the school's morning news show and website. eSchool News (free registration) (01/27)

5. How education has been transformed by mobile technology

SmartBrief on EdTech | Jan 30, 2015

Games, real-time feedback and hands-on learning have helped to boost student engagement in learning, according to Raj Valli, the CEO of education-technology platform company Tabtor. In this article, he outlines five ways mobile technology has transformed education and asserts that tablets and other technology have made learning more personalized for students. (U.K.) (01/28)

6. N.Y. schools seek to curb bullying on Yik Yak

SmartBrief on EdTech | Jan 27, 2015

Some school administrators in New York state are taking action following incidents of bullying and other bad behavior by students on the social networking application Yik Yak, which allows for anonymous posts. One school launched an awareness campaign about the app after 10 students reported being bullied. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (01/26)

7. Should schools spend less on tech and more on teachers?

SmartBrief on EdTech | Jan 28, 2015

The General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers in England, Russell Hobby, questioned in a blog post whether school funds used to purchase the latest technology might be better spent on hiring more teachers. This commentary examines how schools are investing tech funds and whether those investments are paying off. BBC (01/22)

8. Tech Tip: Checking for understanding in a one-to-one classroom

SmartBrief on EdTech | Jan 27, 2015

Determining how well students are tracking with a concept can be a challenge in today's classrooms where digital devices are central to instruction. The traditional signals of body language – head nods, eye contact, furrowed brows – all but disappear as students bend their heads toward their devices. This week's Tech Tip tells how teachers can combat this challenge through the use of digital tools. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (01/27)

9. How a high-tech scarf might help you deal with stress

SmartBrief on EdTech | Jan 27, 2015

Researchers from Microsoft and the University of Maryland are taking wearable devices to the next level with a prototype for a "smart" scarf that can react to biometric sensor data and provide a variety of stimuli designed to affect the wearer's emotional state. The so-called "SWARM" -- short for Sensing Whether Affect Requires Mediation -- focuses on manipulating five basic emotions with modules that vibrate and provide heat, among other things. (01/26)

10. High-school teacher's tech lesson, dance video goes viral

SmartBrief on EdTech | Jan 28, 2015

Students at a project-based high school in Texas recently learned about practical applications of technology. The students created a dance video -- inspired by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres' dance montage during last year's Oscars -- to the song "Uptown Funk." Christian Science Monitor, The (01/27)

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