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March 12, 2013
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  • Digital communities help teachers help each other, Gates says
    Bill Gates used his recent keynote address at the SXSWedu Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas, to champion the use of social media and other technology to connect educators and allow them to learn from each other, SmartBrief's senior education editor, Melissa Greenwood, writes in this blog post. "The fact that these platforms let you categorize and talk about what your challenges are and sort of reach out to experts anywhere in the country who will be able to give you examples of what works with that type of student, it's really breaking down that isolation in a really strong way," Gates said. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

A must-have book for primary teachers just got better. In the revised edition of Reading with Meaning, Debbie Miller adds new planning and assessment tools, updated "go-to" children's book titles, and FAQs. Follow Debbie through an entire school year as she models the kind of decision-making increasingly demanded by new standards. Preview the entire book!
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  • Students can go to Washington -- in a 3D game
    A new 3D multiplayer game, "Government in Action," is intended to help students who take American government courses to experience life as a U.S. representative. The game, launched by McGraw-Hill Education, was developed in collaboration with Muzzy Lane Software and Rep. John Tierney, D-Massachusetts. "The ability to interact rather than just reading a text in this technology-driven age will probably drive more interest," Tierney said. CNN (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Closing Circles End the Day in a Positive Way
Gathering children before dismissal brings the day to a peaceful end and helps students and teachers leave school feeling encouraged and competent. Choose from fifty easy-to-do 5- to 10-minute activities; use them as written or make them your own by adapting them to your students' mood or developmental needs. K-6. View samples and order.
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  • Neb. takes second look at common core
    Nebraska, which opted out of the Common Core State Standards, now has authorized a company to compare its own standards with those adopted by 45 other states. The examination comes as some educators have speculated that the state's decision on the common core could be costly if Congress ties the reauthorized No Child Left Behind to the adoption of the common core. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How should teachers be trained on education technology?
    There is an increasing focus on professional development for teachers related to education technology. With that focus, however, has come calls for the training to center more on the learning -- rather than on the specific devices. For example, Leslie Conery, interim chief education officer for the International Society for Technology in Education, says instead of training teachers to use iPads, the focus should be on the goal of the iPads, such as helping students read, write or hold classroom discussions. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Take Charge of Your Own Learning
Want to enhance your teaching? The Transparent Teacher outlines a unique model of Teacher-Driven Observation involving your peers to help identify potential areas for your growth. You’ll find step-by-step guidelines, implementation tips, and case studies of impressive student improvement. Read a free chapter and save on The Transparent Teacher.
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  • Ala. district may highlight AP achievement on diplomas
    Madison City Schools district in Alabama is considering awarding the new "Madison Seal of Academic Distinction" on the high-school diplomas of students who take a minimum of Advanced Placement classes. The proposal, made by the district's superintendent, Dee Fowler, seeks to encourage more students to pursue AP courses. If approved by the school board, the incentive program would be phased in over three years, with as many as three AP credits required for 2016 graduates. AL.com (Alabama) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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