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January 15, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • Google offers tool for teaching digital literacy
    As educators struggle with how to teach students to conduct proper online research, Google's Search Education is a free resource that offers lesson plans and activities designed to teach digital literacy. To help students develop their online-research skills, the source offers free instructor-led courses on top searching techniques, "A Google A Day" challenges and live training. EdTech magazine (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Ind. teachers, students praise iPads in lessons
    Students and teachers at Caston Junior-Senior High School in Fulton, Ind., were given iPads this year, and the benefits are seen everywhere -- from fewer copies and papers to keep track of, to improved communication and enhanced research capabilities. "It makes things a lot more efficient in the classroom," said social studies teacher Carl Davis, who has incorporated the tablet computers into lessons on world geography using Google Earth and explores the Middle Ages with WebQuest, among other assignments. Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Ind.) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Swedish students learn academic lessons through gaming
    Teachers at a school in Sweden have made the computer game Minecraft a mandatory part of classroom lessons. The game allows students to work on city planning, environmental issues and other issues in a virtual environment. Educators say the game is a fun way for students to learn academic lessons, and they plan to continue using the 3D game in the future. The Local (Sweden) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Are common core technology guidelines behind the times?
    The two groups tasked with developing Common Core State Standards assessments are not looking far enough into the future when outlining the technology that schools will need to administer the exams set for release in 2014, professors Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway write in this blog post. For example, the groups' guidelines suggest schools use netbooks, which are outdated and no longer in production, they note. The groups also specify that students should turn off Internet access during tests, which can send a mixed message to those who have used the resource to learn. T.H.E. Journal/Being Mobile blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Education Cartoon 
Managing Budgets 
  • Technology spending is defended in N.H. district
    While being asked to trim his budget request, Stratham Memorial School principal Thomas Fosher is defending his request for additional technology funds. It includes an $119,831 increase in computer equipment for the New Hampshire district, which would include six interactive whiteboards, 100 Chromebook computers and 90 iPads. In debating the budget, it was suggested the additional technology spending be left up to voters. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Schools and Social Media 
  • Opinions vary on what schools should teach about social media
    As technology becomes more accessible, users of social media are becoming increasingly younger, raising new questions for teachers and parents regarding what lessons students should learn in school about online interactions. Some believe the focus should be on keeping students safe when using social media, while others believe schools should teach students how to use such resources to further their careers. Voxxi (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Mo. high-school students publish local history magazine online
    The perspectives of longtime residents of Joplin, Mo., are now available online in a student-created magazine called The pilot project involves 141 Joplin High School sophomores who research, photograph and interview older residents about the subjects of their articles. The students wrote articles, edited and posted them online using programs including WordPress and Google Docs. "I really do think this is something that prepares them for the real world," said Justin Crawford, an instructor who helped students with the technology. The Joplin Globe (Mo.) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
If any man will draw up his case, and put his name at the foot of the first page, I will give him an immediate reply. Where he compels me to turn over the sheet, he must wait my leisure."
--John Montagu,
British statesman

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