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March 14, 2013
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Schools find all Internet access is not created equal
Schools nationwide are working to improve their broadband Internet connections as the deadline for online testing under the Common Core State Standards nears and teachers increasingly look to use technology in lessons. While a majority of schools have Internet access, in some cases it is not sufficient to meet the needs of educators or their students, who report slow connections and insufficient capacity. To help improve, some states -- including Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, and Utah -- have launched statewide broadband networks. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/14)
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Students in Turkey have a leading role in flipped instruction
This 17-minute film details the success of flipped instruction in Turkey and the ways technology was used in the instructional model. In one case, students used a green screen and tablet computer to film themselves. Another feature of flipped instruction in Turkey is that students act as "teaching assistants," meeting regularly to discuss progress and making adjustments to the difficulty of lessons as needed. Edudemic (3/13)
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Systems Management
E-books: The end of civilization or the digital age?
A growing number of schools are transforming their libraries -- getting rid of traditional books and replacing them with digital materials that can be accessed on tablet computers and smartphones. Schools are providing e-readers, as well as access to online databases that include academic articles, images and other resources. The transformation for school libraries also has been physical, with some schools revamping their aesthetics with technology in mind. The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (3/13)
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Rockefeller proposes expansion of Internet school fund
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., wants to revise and expand the federal government's E-Rate program, which helps fund Internet connections for public libraries and schools. The chairman of the Senate commerce committee proposes to upgrade the Internet connections of every U.S. school to 1 gigabit per second. "As every educator knows, digital information and technology will continue to play an increasing role in education, so we need to think about how we are going to meet the broadband infrastructure needs of our schools and libraries," Rockefeller said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/12)
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Schools and Social Media
Does Twitter help students learn?
Twitter can be a valuable educational tool, suggest Emma Rich, a senior lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Bath, and Andy Miah, a professor and director of the Creative Futures Institute at the University of the West of Scotland. In this blog post, they write about an experiment in which they tested Twitter's educational use. They found, among other things, that students were engaged in reciprocity and instinctive thinking, but that the 140-character limit can lead students to oversimplify complex matters. The Guardian (London)/Higher Education Network/Learning and Teaching Hub blog (3/13)
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NPR goes to SXSW with events to lower the median age of listeners
National Public Radio held a party event promoting its "Generation Listen" campaign to attract under-30-year-old listeners at the South by Southwest festival and conference in Austin, Texas. It is one of a series of such events that NPR will hold in an attempt to reverse the rising age of its typical listeners. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/12)
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