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November 8, 2012
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Head of the Class 
 
  • Idaho voters reject expansion of education technology
    Voters in Idaho on Tuesday struck down an expansion of online learning proposed by state superintendent Tom Luna. Along with two other education referendums, a majority of voters opposed requirements that all students and teachers have laptop computers and make online or blended-learning courses a high-school graduation requirement. The state legislature still could move forward to enact such laws. Education Week/Marketplace K-12 blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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eLearning 
 
  • Best practices for one-to-one iPad classrooms
    Schools should provide true one-to-one iPad environments, not circulate a cart among classrooms, writes Jennie Magiera, who has worked with 20 one-to-one iPad classrooms this year. A member of the Teacher Leaders Network, Magiera shares tips about what she's learned, including the importance of teacher buy-in and supporting teachers through professional learning communities. She also writes about the need for a contingency plan -- for added expenses and unexpected failures. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Apple loses market share as tablet competition grows
    Apple's iPad pioneered the tablet industry, but Google Android-powered tablets from competitors including Amazon and Samsung Electronics are biting into Apple's market share. In the third quarter, Apple's market share hit 50.4%, compared with 65.4% in Q2, according to IDC. The Wall Street Journal (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Tight budget could scale back education-technology plan
    A Kansas school district is on track to spend about $150,000 more than projected this year, which could threaten its ability to implement proposals for 2013-14 requested by the district's technology department. Those expenditures include the purchase of additional laptops for teachers and students, as well as about $40,000 in server upgrades. Officials also hoped to provide iPads for middle-school students. The Dispatch (Clay Center, Kan.) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • How mobile devices help schools worldwide connect
    Schools worldwide are using technology to connect with other schools. At one school in West Sussex, England, educators said they chose to make such connections using mobile technology because of anticipated problems with trying to connect online with students in developing countries, such as Uganda and Afghanistan. Instead, students send text and picture messages on mobile devices and have used a videoconferencing program to communicate. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network Blog (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Facebook usage may play a role in obesity, study finds
    Facebook users who had strong ties with their online friends were more likely to opt for unhealthy food items than those who browsed other websites, researchers found. Users who spent longer hours on Facebook tended to have higher BMI and were at an increased risk of binge eating, according to the study, slated to appear in the June 2013 Journal of Consumer Research. AllFacebook.com (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
People always call it luck when you've acted more sensibly than they have."
--Anne Tyler,
American novelist

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