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October 16, 2012
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Technology of all sorts is making its way into the classroom and offering new ways to engage learners with interactive lesson content. Learning Scientist, T. V. Joe Layng, Ph.D., provides perspective on how districts can make informed choices for effective technology implementation. Download our FREE whitepaper.
  • Smartphone program helps low-income students improve test scores
    Ninth-graders from low-income backgrounds in North Carolina saw a 30% increase in their test scores after participating in a program that provided them with smartphones. The program -- Project K-Nect -- received funding through Qualcomm's Wireless Reach Initiative, and allowed the students low-cost access to the Web, making it easier for them to communicate with their peers, said Qualcomm's Peggy Johnson. "Essentially the walls of the classroom came down and they were able to share ideas throughout the day," Johnson said. Mashable (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Enrollment soars at Florida Virtual School
    Florida Virtual School had approximately 25,000 more students at the end of the last school year than it did the year before, up to about 148,000 overall. "I can tell you I see monumental growth as parents are finding out they can tailor their child's education to meet their needs," said Celeste Sanchez, a virtual-school liaison. "Parents love that they can pick and choose how their education is going to turn out." The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Get Tips to Enhance Your Digital Footprint
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Systems Management 
  • Maine district sends all of its teachers to training
    School officials in Bath, Maine, are sending all of the district's teachers, principals, education technicians and librarians -- 255 employees -- to the annual MAINEducation Conference on technology. This is the first time a district has sent so many of its staff to the meeting, which will be teacher workshop day. "This is a good opportunity to invest in our people, to help them see what's possible. We need to be asking how the use of technology is creating a more effective lesson and acknowledging where it is not, or cannot," said the district's technology coordinator, Dean Emmerson. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
Education Cartoon 
Managing Budgets 
Schools and Social Media 
  • N.J. students learn social media safety
    Middle-school students in West Deptford, N.J., are being warned about sharing personal information on social media. In a presentation, students were shown how to protect their data, and how to prevent cyberbullying. "You can still go out there, have a good time, discover what is out there online. But doing it safely, I think, is more important than anything else," said detective Brian Perticari. Deptford, N.J. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
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--Alexander Pope,
British poet

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