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December 12, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • How to judge the credibility of social media sources
    In this blog post, librarian Joyce Valenza offers ideas on how to help students judge the credibility of social media sources that lack the more traditional credentials of established journalists and researchers. She suggests four sites where students can obtain metrics of social influence, and gain insight about establishing their own online presence. "While these tools may be useful in exploring the influence and perhaps expertise of others, they also have growing importance in how our students will be measured in the world of business," Valenza writes. School Library Journal/Never Ending Search blog (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Upgrade your walls and your instruction with this new set of 8 shapes posters by Christopher Danielson, author of Which One Doesn't Belong? These posters spark curiosity, creativity, and conversations, prevent misconceptions, and move beyond treating geometry as vocabulary to memorize. Teacher's guide included. Grades K-12. Get details here!
  • Students, teachers take virtual field trips to Mars
    Beginning today, students and teachers nationwide are eligible to take virtual field trips to Mars, where the Curiosity rover is collecting data about the planet. The program, "Journey to the Extreme: Your V.I.P. Pass to Mars," was organized by the foundation, NASA and Discovery Education. Those who participate will get detailed, first-hand information about the mission to the red planet. The focus of the program is for middle-school students, but the audience includes students in grades 3-12. Education Week/Digital Education blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Other News
Unleash students’ creativity with coding & STEAM
We can't prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, but we can ensure they are future-ready. In an increasingly automated world, learning code won't be enough — what students are able to DO with code will be what matters. Learn more on how to use STEAM & coding to turn students into creative problem-solvers.
Systems Management 
  • Va. district reverses course on Web-based textbooks
    In Fairfax County, Va., officials have decided to return to paper math textbooks following an unsuccessful experiment with Web-based textbooks. Among the concerns raised by teachers and parents were that not all students had access to computers at home and students found the online books confusing. They also experienced problems when the program was used on Apple devices. The Washington Post/Virginia Schools Insider (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • 16 earn grants in latest round of Race to the Top
    The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday the 16 winners of the most recent round of Race to the Top grants -- selected among a pool of 372 applicants. Among the winners, who will share $400 million in education funding, are Miami-Dade County, Fla.; Carson City, Nev.; Guilford County, N.C.; and New Haven Unified, Calif. This round was open to school districts, and the winners also included three charter-school organizations, including KIPP in Washington, D.C. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • The benefits of Twitter for high-school students
    All high-school students should have a Twitter account, asserts Simone Bernstein, a sophomore at St. Bonaventure University in New York. In this blog post, Bernstein writes that Twitter can be an easy way for students to promote their own work and gather information about college scholarships, essay contests and grants. While Bernstein writes that she was initially skeptical of the micro-blogging site, she learned to appreciate the site after using it to promote her volunteer work. The Huffington Post/The Blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • What schools can do to prepare students for the future
    When asked to name the purpose of education, many teachers say they are preparing students for life, writes Tom Whitby, an adjunct professor of education at St. Joseph's College in New York. He writes that preparing for an uncertain future is a difficult task when students are given outdated tests and being subjected to outdated methods, while teachers are encouraged to be innovative, out-of-the-box professionals working in an in-the-box education system. "We need to prepare them to be flexible, critical thinking, problem solvers," Whitby writes of students. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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