Wis. teachers flipping for instructional method | Study: Students do not benefit equally from online education | Fla. district uses website to combat bullying
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February 25, 2013
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Head of the Class
What schools can do to secure students' data
As schools adopt new technology, they also must work to protect student data and privacy, writes Cameron Evans, national and chief technology officer of U.S. Education at Microsoft. In this blog post, Evans suggests, among other things, that schools help beef up security by understanding the law on student data, choosing trustworthy vendors and understanding how they will use students' data. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/21)
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Wis. teachers flipping for instructional method
A growing number of schools in Wisconsin are adopting the flipped instructional method -- drawn to the teaching technique for its flexibility and popularity among students. Veteran teacher Ann Moffat recently switched from the Socratic lecture-style teaching method to flipped instruction and said it allows her to offer students more individualized instruction and fewer students are seeking help before class. "They're learning how to work off each other and solve problems independently, which is the whole goal," Moffat said. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (2/25)
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Systems Management
Fla. district uses website to combat bullying
Students and parents in Pasco County, Fla., now can report incidents of bullying on the district's website. The site also includes information about how to identify and combat bullying. The topic of bullying has been particularly grim in Pasco County, where bullying has led students to harm themselves. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (2/21)
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Managing Budgets
N.C. district invests in making students "future ready"
Officials in Moore County, N.C., are seeking to provide a 21st-century education for students, in part, by investing in one-to-one classroom technology. Already, schools have received deliveries of laptop computers and iPads, all aimed at making students "future ready." Officials say expenses -- $225,000 for one elementary school and $106,000 for Pinckney Academy -- included professional development for teachers. The Pilot (Southern Pines, N.C.) (2/25)
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Schools and Social Media
Students warned about danger of Facebook "confessions pages"
In Wisconsin and elsewhere, a new trend has emerged in social media in which students use Facebook pages to post anonymous confessions about sexual encounters, gossip about teachers, illegal behavior and other matters. At one high school, educators were approved to discuss the so-called "confessions pages" with students, and parents also were informed about the emergence of such sites. La Crosse Tribune (Wis.) (2/23)
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Last Byte
App downloads doubled in 2012, will break 100 billion by 2017
Global mobile application downloads doubled last year from 29.5 billion to 60.1 billion, generating $8.4 billion in revenue, according to Berg Insight. Downloads are slated to reach more than 100 billion in four years. "[C]ommon strategies today among many of the top revenue-generating app developers are to publish apps featuring a social layer on more than one platform using free-to-download monetization," Berg Insight's Johan Svanberg said. "Like almost no other digital product, mobile apps represent a global opportunity with more or less instant worldwide distribution." eWeek (2/21)
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Editor's Note
Vision K-20 Survey
SmartBrief is proud to partner with SIIA yet again to promote the Vision K-20 Survey. For the sixth year, educators and administrators have the opportunity to take a short, online survey to evaluate their current use of technology and digital learning. Take this quick 15 minute survey to see how your classroom, school and district compare to your peers, and to the Vision established by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and our partner education leaders. Participants will receive their progress report and a free copy of the 2013 Vision K20 survey report outlining the nation's digital learning progress, as well as a chance to win one of twenty $25 Amazon gift cards.
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