February 19, 2013
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How students can maximize the benefits of digital feedback
Students today are inundated with digital feedback, asserts teacher Kristen Swanson, who shares in this blog post three ways in which students can maximize the feedback they get. First, she suggests having students lay out a goal for their work beforehand and examine feedback while they review their initial goal. She then suggests setting specific times in which to consider digital feedback and have students consider ways they have adapted to feedback. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/19)
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Online math program adds up to fun for N.C. students
Davidson County schools in North Carolina have adopted an online math portal -- called First in Math -- where K-8 students can interact and compete with peers. High scorers receive recognition each month. "I'm very proud of them. The students enjoy it," said principal Dan Shamblen. "It's engaging. They see immediate feedback. It's more in line with the curriculum." The Dispatch (Lexington, N.C.) (2/18)
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Should England invest in stronger Wi-Fi for schools?
Fully accessible Wi-Fi Internet is necessary for schools to successfully adopt digital learning, says Valerie Thompson of the E-Learning Foundation -- a feat accomplished by only about one quarter of schools in England, surveys show. A spokeswoman for the Education Department said all new schools meet the "highest standards for wireless access," while headteachers at existing schools are tasked with determining the extent of Wi-Fi access on their campuses. BBC (2/19)
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Managing Budgets
Colo. could direct more funds to needy schools
Available funding for schools in Colorado would increase and the money would be divided in new ways under a proposal expected to be considered by state lawmakers in the coming weeks. Under a draft of the plan, developed by Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, more funds would go to schools with the greatest needs. However, even if approved by lawmakers, the plan also would require voters to approve a tax increase in November. Education News Colorado (2/18)
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Schools and Social Media
What role can social media play in STEM education?
Social networks are being used by teachers and students alike to share information related to science, technology, education and math, and the possibilities for expanding that use continue to grow, Doug Haller, principal of Haller STEM Education Consulting, writes in this blog post. For example, the Global Ozone Project connects thousands of middle- and high-school students on a social network where they can share data and ask questions. IGERT.org offers a place for graduate students to interact directly with scientists and engineering. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/18)
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Switching to positive TV programs may improve child behavior
Limiting preschool children's exposure to violent TV programs and increasing their time watching educational programs resulted in significant improvements in behavior after six months, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers noted that those who were encouraged to watch positive programs were less aggressive and showed healthier social behavior. USA Today (2/18)
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-- William O. Douglas,
U.S. Supreme Court justice
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