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December 20, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Can technology courses improve students' grades?
    A recent study found that Florida high-school students who took at least one course in technology and a technical certification exam performed better academically than their peers who did not. According to data provided by the state, such students more likely were to have better attendance and higher grades. However, researchers said the connection was "correlational, not causal," meaning that additional factors could be at play. T.H.E. Journal (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  • Why "visual literacy" can improve student learning
    Widely available technology -- such as projectors, computers and Internet access -- makes it easier for teachers to incorporate full-color images into their lessons and enhance learning, visual-literacy proponent Lynell Burmark says in this interview. Because humans process images 60,000 times faster than text, teachers can use images to help students master concepts faster, she said. "When you see that image later anywhere, all my words will come back to you. That's making education stick," Burmark said. T.H.E. Journal (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Ala. school plans to pilot Rosetta Stone
    Educators in an Alabama school district are learning how to use Rosetta Stone software to share their training with students who participate in a pilot language-learning program. Beginning in first grade, students in Pleasure Island schools will have access to the program; if the pilot is successful, it will be expanded to all district schools. WKRG-TV (Mobile, Ala.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • Minn. district mulls choices for teaching, learning platform
    Officials in a Minnesota district continue to search for a "teaching-and-learning platform," that will allow students, teachers and parents to access digital tools. A committee has been charged with selecting a platform, but some question whether an open-source option would be less costly. The committee now says it is prepared to sign on with a company, but the district's technology plans still face further delays. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Using social networking as a professional-development tool
    Experts in education technology say such tools, particularly social networking, can benefit professional development for teachers. Schools worldwide are using social tools to use data in new ways, emphasize teamwork and perform other tasks -- a trend likely to continue in the future. Professional development for social learning communities allows educators to explore "what we can do with information and relationships that we could never do before," ed-tech consultant Alan November said. eSchool News (free registration) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Last Byte 
  • Take stock of resources to improve professional practice
    Professional-resource audits allow educators to examine what in-district resources they have access to, virtually or in-person, writes Mike Fisher, an educational consultant and instructional coach. As educators begin the transition to Common core State Standards, taking stock of such resources will help teachers improve "professional practice and engage students," Fisher writes in this blog post. He notes that teachers can develop a digital learning network after they conduct an audit of their resources. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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--Friedrich Nietzsche,
German philosopher

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