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October 2, 2012
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  • Khan cites benefits of education technology
    Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, writes in this opinion article that while his collection of online instructional videos is not a "silver bullet" in education, he has found that such technology "can enable teachers to lead differentiated and interactive classrooms." He writes that the academy's online resources do not replace teachers, but help them focus their time and attention where it is needed most. "When teachers have real-time data and a clear understanding of every child's needs, they can use their precious classroom time more effectively and flexibly. When students are learning at a pace and level appropriate to their individual needs, they are less likely to disengage or act up," he writes. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 

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eLearning 
  • Making the case for using Web 2.0 in instruction
    Using Web 2.0 tools to support teaching is important to the future of education reforms and the increased use of the blended-learning model, education consultant Lisa Michelle Dabbs writes in this blog post. Dabbs offers definitions of the blended-learning model and offers tips to help teachers -- especially novice educators -- including taking time to plan, finding the right resources and consulting with other teachers. Edutopia.org/Lisa M. Dabbs' blog (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • To increase tech talent ranks, Microsoft goes to the source
    Microsoft is seeking to increase the number of qualified computer specialists in the workforce through a program that places engineers in high schools to get kids pumped up about a potential career in the IT field. Under the program -- which began in 2009 with a single Microsoft engineer and now includes 110 participants in multiple states, including 19 from other companies -- IT specialists are asked to commit to a year of teaching computer science, with some receiving a modest stipend for their efforts. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Ohio's schools are plugged into BYOT trend
    Some schools in Ohio are encouraging students to bring in their own technology -- such as cellphones, iPods and other electronic devices -- as long as they are used responsibly. In some cases, students are encouraged to use their electronics during lunch, classroom breaks or even in class, as educators increasingly see value in allowing students to use the technology they are most familiar with -- their own devices. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Why distance learning may not reduce education costs
    Steven Cohen, executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, writes in this blog post about the benefits of distance learning and technology in education. However, he notes that such tools are unlikely to reduce the cost of education. "Advanced technology has not reduced the cost of health care, quite the contrary. It has increased the type of treatments that can be offered to cure illness," he writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Schools and Social Media 
  • District uses social media to communicate with parents
    More officials in the Vista Unified School District in California are using social media to communicate with parents and the public. Before a policy to govern such communication was adopted earlier this year, few officials in the district were using Twitter. Now, nearly 50 administrators use the tool, and more parents have created accounts to subscribe to school Twitter feeds. North County Times (Temecula, Calif.) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Nighttime cellphone use may harm teens' mental health
    Frequent use of cellphones after bedtime among teens was associated with a greater risk of mental health issues such as suicidal thoughts and self-harm, a Japanese study found. Researchers reported in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology that using cellphones late at night was also linked to less sleep. MyHealthNewsDaily.com (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral."
--Antoine de Saint Exupéry,
French poet, writer and aviator

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