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October 9, 2012
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  • Classroom technology resources for the political season
    Teachers can enhance lessons on the presidential election by using news websites, online polling and social networks, K-8 technology teacher Mary Beth Hertz writes in this blog post. Hertz suggests using online tools such as PollEverywhere to have students vote on issues or candidates and compare results to national data, and using Skype or Google Hangout to set up political discussions or debates. "Students can now participate in online polls, read news at their reading level, and play interactive games that help them understand political issues and processes," Hertz writes. Edutopia.org/Mary Beth Hertz's blog (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
eLearning 
  • Why one teacher abandoned flipped instruction for PBL
    Shelley Wright, a high-school teacher in Canada, describes her reasons for giving up on the flipped instructional method in favor of student-centered, project-based learning. She writes that flipped instruction disappeared -- almost unnoticed -- from her classroom because students learned to do much of their own research, rather than awaiting videos she posted online. "I've learned that inquiry [and] PBL learning can be incredibly powerful in the hands of students. I would never teach any other way again," writes Wright, who a year ago wrote a blog post in support of the flipped method. Powerful Learning Practice (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • States prepare for computerized GED tests
    Twenty-four states, including Wyoming, are testing the use of computerized systems for administering the GED. The test run comes as states prepare for all GED tests to be taken on computers beginning in 2014. Officials say the new, computerized GED tests also will be aligned with the Common Core State Standards and be more rigorous. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Schools and Social Media 
Last Byte 
  • Students overcome test anxiety using technology
    The University of Iowa is hoping to ease students' anxiety about tests -- and improve their scores -- through the use of technology. The technique uses "biofeedback," or a type of mind-reading technology, that makes students aware of their brainwaves. The technology allows students to understand when they have returned to a state of calm, and some say it has been shown to improve achievement. TechCrunch (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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When I use my strength in the service of my vision it makes no difference whether or not I am afraid."
--Audre Lord,
Caribbean-American writer, poet, librarian and activist

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