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November 6, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • The power of iPads in the classroom
    In this blog post, Australian researcher and parent Daniel Donahoo writes about the importance of tablet computers and mobile technology in education. He writes, in part, about an experience he had at a meeting with fellow parents in which teachers described the benefits of using iPads in the classroom. The technology, Donahoo writes, "re-inspired" educators and led them to discover new ways to teach students and engage them in classroom lessons. Dad blog (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • iPads are part of school-improvement plan: A Minnesota school district is investing in more classroom technology as part of its efforts to improve student achievement. That push, which includes a focus on literacy, as well as science, technology, engineering and math, was seen recently when second-grade students were given iPads to use in class. "The teachers are going to start slowly introducing one application at a time," said principal Carol Potter. "The teachers will be using the iPads throughout the day where they see fit. It's not just for reading or math. They'll mostly be using them for formative assessment." St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
What Does it Mean to Comprehend What One Reads?
When students understand what they read, they are applying a constellation of skills and strategies to interpret the text based on both the features of the text and their own knowledge. In this paper we discuss the building blocks of teaching reading comprehension. Download the Free Whitepaper
  • Teachers blend fun, education with tech-based games
    Teachers in a West Virginia school district say they are using more technology and games to engage students in academic lessons. Educators say schools must adapt and compete for students' attention with technology, including social media and smartphones. Students at Emerson Elementary School use the online program "Study Island," in which students answer questions and play games that involve math, reading, science and social studies. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel (W.Va.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Classroom amplification systems can meet needs of all students
    A Nebraska school district is piloting a program in which elementary-school classrooms are outfitted with amplification systems that allow all students to hear their classmates -- and their teachers -- loud and clear. The idea for the pilot program came from two mothers who have personal experiences with children who have difficulty hearing. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Education Cartoon 
Managing Budgets 
  • High-tech vision for education is on the ballot in Minn.
    In St. Paul, Minn., today, voters will be asked whether to fund an eight-year levy proposal that would, among other things, fund classroom technology intended to personalize instruction in the district. Superintendent Valeria Silva has proposed a vision for education in the district that includes $9 million spent annually on technology upgrades -- intended to help all students continue learning anytime, anywhere. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Schools and Social Media 
  • Students to take to Twitter on Election Day
    Today, students and others nationwide will use the #EduElection hashtag on Twitter to discuss the election, high-school English teacher Michelle Lampinen writes in this blog post. Lampinen notes that this conversation expands on successful Twitter chats held during the presidential debates and earlier in the election cycle. "We also wanted to teach them how to use social media to learn from students outside their class," she writes. Lampinen's blog (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Intervention to trim children's screen time yields modest outcomes
    Techniques used in a program to cut down on screen time did not significantly change the number of hours spent by young children in front of a TV, computer or game console, according to a Canadian study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers found no difference in BMI scores between the intervention group and the control group but did find a significant difference in the number of meals eaten in front of the TV. Reuters (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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--Thomas Paine,
British-American political activist and author

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