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January 22, 2013
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eLearning 
  • Why students still need teachers' guidance with technology
    Many students have mastered entertainment technology -- such as Facebook and YouTube -- before their teachers but that does not mean they know how to use technology beyond play, middle-grades educator Bill Ferriter writes in this blog post. Instead, it is a teacher's job to show students what can be done with technology. "It's OUR job to help kids to realize how to leverage technology for something more than keeping themselves entertained," Ferriter writes. Teacher Leaders Network/Tempered Radical blog (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Systems Management 
  • Do state regulations put digital textbooks out of reach in S.C.?
    In South Carolina, educators say there are more opportunities than ever to use digital textbooks and interactive resources in classroom instruction. However, the state's lengthy process -- and rigorous standards -- for digital-textbook adoption may be keeping such resources out of the hands of students and teachers, and districts seeking to adopt high-tech textbooks outside the process are asked to use their own funds. The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • British Columbia schools work to implement technology plan
    Officials in Nanaimo, British Columbia, are working to outfit the city's schools with wireless Internet by the end of the next school year. The project is part of a larger technology plan that also includes upgrades to infrastructure and improved network security. The technology improvements will allow teachers to use their own devices in the classroom, the district's information systems manager, Steve Sproston, said. Nanaimo News Bulletin (British Columbia) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Mich. district considers how to invest technology funds
    Officials in a Michigan school district are considering using a portion of a $10.09 million bond -- to be spent over 10 years on school-technology upgrades -- to expand an iPad pilot program. Currently, two classes of elementary-school students are using the iPads through the pilot program, and the proposal calls for the addition of three more classrooms. Also on the table is the purchase of 112 technology carts. Ludington Daily News (Mich.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Companies seek graduates who are social media savvy
    Companies increasingly are looking to hire graduates who are experts in social media marketing, some educators and experts say. However, some say schools are struggling to include lessons in Facebook and Twitter as part of their business curriculum, primarily because it is an ever-changing field -- making it difficult for the curriculum to keep up. CBC.ca (Canada) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • A teacher explains his decision to abandon tests
    In this blog post, high-school English teacher Nicholas Provenzano writes about his pride in not having administered a quiz or test in all of the first semester. Several years ago, he decided to abandon multiple-choice tests in favor of giving students multiple ways that they can explore and show what they have learned -- which resulted in higher engagement and improved learning, he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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