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January 14, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • Do digital devices encourage students to read?
    Technology has had both positive and negative effects on reading among students, according to a study released today by Scholastic Inc. The study finds that more children ages 6 to 17 are using digital devices to read. However, the technology is not necessarily driving an increased desire among students to read, according to researchers who found a drop in students who were self-described as frequent readers. The cause, researchers say, could be attributed to the use of tablets and other devices that allow for activities other than reading. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Media Decoder blog (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How teachers can make their websites count
    While more educators are maintaining their own websites, students may have trouble finding them, Canadian educator and blogger Colleen Lee writes. In this post, Lee suggests four ways teachers can help students find the sites online. They include embedding access to required documents on teachers' sites, creating assignments that allow students to interact with their sites and posting homework assignments online. Teachers also can include practice tests or quizzes on their websites and instruct students on where to find them, Lee suggests. Edudemic (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • How to avoid oversimplification when determining benefits of the cloud
    Companies looking to use the cloud to bolster their bottom line should avoid prepackaged solutions that calculate return on investment, according to commentator David Linthicum, who writes that such tools oversimplify what really determines cloud value by focusing on hardware and software costs. Instead, Linthicum insists the benefits of cloud computing will vary greatly between industries and can only be revealed through dynamic analysis. InfoWorld/Cloud Computing blog (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
Schools and Social Media 
  • Going for quality over quantity on Twitter
    Twitter can help you create a professional learning network, but it's important to focus on the quality of the educators you follow, not the quantity, writes Tom Whitby, an adjunct professor at St. Joseph's College in New York. Try separating your most useful contacts from the main list of people you follow on Twitter, he suggests. "I have a list of what I call my 'Stalwart List.' It is made up of all of the people I most frequently get information from," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Blogging allows students to reflect on math lessons
    Microblogging websites such as Twitter and Today's Meet are helping some teachers take classroom learning to the next level, writes ninth-grade math teacher Felecia Young. For example, Young writes that she uses these sites for warm-up exercises and team-based work. Most recently, she introduced her students to Kid Blogs, a blogging site where they create digital journals about their understanding of math concepts. Edudemic (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • MIT students create devices that support independent living
    Students in a Massachusetts Institute of Technology undergraduate class work with individuals with disabilities to create assistive technologies suited to their specific needs. For example, students created an iPhone application to read the menu of a Keurig coffee machine to help a woman who is blind and another team developed a vibrating bracelet equipped with a Bluetooth device to help a woman who cannot see and who also has a hearing impairment know when she receives calls and text messages. MIT News Office (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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