February 12, 2013
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Education students are using more technology in teacher training
Aspiring teachers are taking a more self-directed approach to their training, in part, because they are more comfortable with technology and more likely to use digital devices in their professional pursuits and personal lives, according to the annual Speak Up report. The findings of the survey by Blackboard and the nonprofit Project Tomorrow include that of 1,350 education students polled, 74% of aspiring teachers use discussion boards, chat sites and social networking -- compared with 50% of in-service teachers, Mike Bock writes in this blog post. Education Week/Digital Education blog (2/11)
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Online finance lessons teach students where their money goes
Students at an Ohio middle school are learning about budgeting, salary, taxes and other financial lessons through the online personal finance course, Banzai. As part of the lesson, students are given mock paychecks and shown the amount taken out for taxes and how much money must be set aside to pay for expenses, such as food and rent. Students also are taught about the risks of online scams and about the safe use of social-networking websites. The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (2/12)
U.K. educators tout benefits of technology in gifted education
Some educators who recently participated in an online chat about using technology in gifted education say they think a variety of technologies can allow students to collaborate and personalize their education. Reporter Matthew Jenkin shares educators' views in this blog post. One educator emphasized all the free technology that can enhance gifted education, including Edmodo, Google Drive and social-networking sites. The Guardian (London) (2/9)
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Official: Texas is making progress on long-term technology goals
At a recent conference, Karen Kahan, the Texas Education Agency's director of educational technology, shared that the state is making strides in the use of education technology. Among the recent steps taken are legislative efforts to support virtual schooling and replace the term "textbook" with language that could open the door for more digital learning materials, Kahan reported. The state also recently took steps to launch Web 2.0 tools in its professional-development programs, she noted. EdTech magazine (2/2013)
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Neb. crunches numbers on changes to education-funding formula
Large and small school districts in Nebraska are divided over how the state's funding for education should be divided. Supporters on both sides are backing separate bills in the state Legislature. Under one bill, supported by larger districts, state funding for education would be reduced, but the funding formula would be altered to provide more funds for districts with at-risk populations, high tax levies and lower spending. A separate bill would allow for increases in tax levies for those districts seeking to qualify for state aid and also would limit budget growth. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (2/12)
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Is coaching better than getting peer advice online?
Transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes that she is dismayed by the need to conduct a two-year study comparing individualized teacher coaching to offering an online chat community as methods of professional development. Early results from the study in Tennessee show that teachers are pleased with coaching but fail to consistently engage in the online community, writes Aguilar, who isn't surprised by the results. She concedes that the study is necessary if coaching is to receive financial support. Education Week Teacher/The Art of Coaching Teachers blog (2/11)
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Teacher: Avoid my-way-or-the-highway classroom management
Teachers who do away with rules and consequences in the classroom have an opportunity to focus more on cooperation and engaging activities, writes Mark Barnes, a veteran classroom teacher. In this blog post, he suggests teachers alter their my-way-or-the-highway method of classroom management and instead adopt the Results Only Learning Environment, a student-centered approach in which students and teachers work collaboratively to improve learning. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/11)
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