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November 5, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Why online learning is the greatest innovation in education
    The power of the Internet represents a dramatic shift in the way people will learn, and is perhaps the greatest innovation to meet education in 200 years, asserts the writer of this article. Antonio Regalado, business editor of MIT Technology Review, writes about the importance of online learning, which provides greater access to education and has the ability to personalize instruction for students. MIT Technology Review online (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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  • New Dallas math curriculum gets approval despite controversy
    Dallas Independent School District will give Reasoning Mind -- a supplemental online math program -- a second chance to improve student outcomes despite recent criticism. A report released by the district, which has since been removed from the district's website, contended the program did not deliver on its promise to raise student scores by specific percentage points. District officials call the report "flawed," and say they will use the program again next year. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Some Pa. districts find BYOD cost-effective, convenient
    In Pennsylvania, some school districts are allowing students to bring their own technology to class, including laptops, cellphones, tablets and other devices. The bring-your-own-device policies were proposed, in part, because of budget limitations and convenience. "That's how kids are learning," Janet O'Rourke, director of secondary education in Bethel Park, said. "If we close that off between 7:20 in the morning and 3:20 in the afternoon, we're missing a major portion of the way kids learn." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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Systems Management 
  • District hires principal for growing online-education program
    A Florida school district has hired its first virtual principal to oversee 20 teachers in the district who teach virtual classes part time. Officials say it was necessary to hire a principal because of growth in the program. Officials say more students are enrolling in the program because of a state law requiring high-school students to take at least one online course. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
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Schools and Social Media 
  • Australia seeks to prevent IB exam leaks
    About 3,000 students in Australia taking the International Baccalaureate are banned from posting information about the exams on social media websites. The exams are taken by students worldwide, and, because of Australia's time zone, students there are among the first to take them. Officials have reminded students not to post information about the exams on social media sites and banned them from using electronic devices during the exams. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Engineering students take to the skies for latest lessons
    Some students in Council Bluffs, Neb., had their heads in the clouds recently as they put their flight training to work in the cockpit of a real plane. The fourteen aerospace engineering studies students have been training for this moment in the classroom and on a flight simulator. "It gets you a lot more connected with what you're doing," high-school junior AJ Stanley said. "We've been working all this time to fly in an airplane, and now we've flown in an airplane." Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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