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March 1, 2013
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Idaho launches first-of-its-kind partnership with Khan Academy
Idaho will launch a pilot program in the fall, becoming the first state to partner with the Khan Academy to provide free, online access to math, physics and history classes. The program, to be implemented in 47 schools, is funded through a $1.5 million grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. "Idaho has the students, the schools and the determination to succeed in showing the nation how to innovate within our public education system," said Jamie MacMillan, the foundation's executive director. KBOI-AM (Boise, Idaho)/The Associated Press (2/28)
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Is technology the solution to testing burnout?
In Texas, more than 35 out of 180 school days are spent doing some kind of testing, resulting in many teachers and students burning out, high-school principal Ben Johnson writes in this blog post. Johnson writes that technology could help teachers and students escape from the routine of lectures, worksheets and textbook questions. Johnson writes about an approach called "technology enhanced active learning," which can breathe life back into lessons through multimedia and other tools. Johnson's blog (2/27)
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National PTA signs Kindle to sponsor reading program
Amazon's Kindle has been named the exclusive sponsor of the National PTA's Family Reading Experience, a newly created program that encourages children and families to read together. Fast Company online (2/28)
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Systems Management
N.Y. district takes high-tech approach to school security
A New York district is testing technology known as Project SAFEguard, which provides digital data to first responders in the event of a security-related incident at a school. The technology allows first responders to access architectural information, documents and other information related to the Bayport-Blue Point School District, and includes advanced features that, among other things, would allow for online communication., N.Y. (2/27)
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Managing Budgets
School turns old electronics into new funding source
An elementary school in Illinois has raised more than $23,000 through its participation in a national electronics recycling program. And, in the fall, St. Peter School officials used a portion of that money to upgrade wireless Internet capacity at five buildings. Officials say the upgrade was necessary because of growth in the number of people on campus using wireless devices. The Quincy Herald-Whig (Ill.) (2/27)
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Schools and Social Media
Efforts ramp up to stop cyberbullying
The cyberbullying epidemic increasingly is affecting students -- on social media and beyond -- with about one-quarter of teenagers reportedly having experienced cyberbullying at some point, according to one researcher. Experts and advocates recommend keeping a record of online bullying and showing evidence, such as an e-mail or Facebook communication, to a trusted adult. The organization also provides a place where victims of bullying can connect, find resources and share their stories. CNN (3/3)
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Understanding the difference between school climate, culture
There are differences between school climate, which is the immediate condition, and school culture, the ongoing beliefs and traditions developed over time in the school community, writes longtime educator David Jakes, coordinator of instructional technology at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Ill. The climate must be changed to improve the culture, he writes in this blog post. "Over time, elements of a school's climate can become part of its culture. Truly successful schools create the conditions that enable this to occur," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/28)
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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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