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October 5, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Whiteboards have a variety of classroom uses
    Larry Ferlazzo, in this blog post, compiles suggestions from teachers and readers about incorporating interactive whiteboards. Teachers should think of interactive whiteboards as a portal to the Internet, where they can access various digital tools and resources, middle-school technology integrationist Ben Stern writes. Fourth-grade teacher Patti Grayson suggests using whiteboards to display an iPad screen and engage in Skype sessions. Meanwhile, sixth-grade teacher Bill Ferriter warns that the use of the devices may reinforce traditional presentation-style instruction rather than collaborative learning. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q & A With Larry Ferlazzo (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What teachers of blended learning should know
    Blended learning experts Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker, compile in this blog post a list of five skills needed by blended-learning teachers. Among the skills is the ability to adopt a positive classroom culture, learn to respond to student-performance data in real-time, support more individualized lessons, feel comfortable with specializing and be comfortable with a variety of technology. T.H.E. Journal (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • As schools adopt BYOT programs, some questions remain
    Oyster River Middle School in Durham, N.H., is among a growing number of schools that are making it easier for students to use technology in the classroom by adopting policies that ease restrictions on the use of mobile devices such as smartphones. While supporters say the use of such devices and bring-your-own-technology policies will help students learn, opponents raise questions over discipline and access. Some also are concerned that students could be distracted or access inappropriate material online. National Public Radio/All Tech Considered (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Systems Management 
  • Fla. district could record which foods students throw away
    School board members in a Florida district are considering installing cameras on trash cans in cafeterias to determine which foods students are throwing away. The goal, school nutrition professionals say, is to find out why students are not eating some food and to work to make meals more appealing. School officials say the data recorded by cameras also would help them determine how food presentation affects consumption. NBC News (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
Schools and Social Media 
  • Students sound off on Twitter about presidential debate
    Students nationwide used Twitter on Wednesday to share their thoughts on the presidential debate, using the hashtag #myparty12. In Indiana, social studies teacher Maryanne Mathews included lessons in civility and political advertisements leading up to the debate. While posting their thoughts on Twitter, about 30 students gathered with Mathews at the school to watch the debate and discuss the issues together. Evansville Courier & Press (Ind.) (free registration) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Last Byte 
Trust that little voice in your head that says 'Wouldn't it be interesting if ...'; and then do it."
--Duane Michals,
American photographer

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