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December 11, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • IPads can inspire changes in teaching, learning
    The iPad has transformed the learning experience for many students who struggle in other settings, writes Ben Johnson, an education consultant, online teacher and learning coach. In this blog post, Johnson shares inspirational stories of students who have benefited from using iPads in the classroom, including typically nonparticipating high-school students who actively take part in online discussions and a student with a short attention span who diligently worked on a task on the device. Johnson's blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • 3 reasons graphing calculators are here to stay
    Graphing calculators remain prominent in math classrooms, Anuli Akanegbu writes. In this article, she offers three reasons why that is unlikely to change. Among them are that graphing calculators -- unlike mobile devices -- are required for some standardized tests and are less distracting. It also is easier for educators to teach when all students are using the same device, she writes. EdTech magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Teacher-created website provides extra math help for students
    Educator Danielle Buhrman created a website to offer extra assistance to students in preparation for Advanced Placement calculus class. The "Math with Buhrman" site includes notes Buhrman has created for each math chapter, along with videos and images she creates addressing concepts and material she thinks students might struggle with. Advantages of the site include its accessibility to students both in class and at home, as well as the use of terminology that is familiar to students, Buhrman says. The Grand Island Independent (Neb.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Do school microchips violate student's religious views?
    A high-school student in Texas is expected to argue in court next week that her school's microchip tracking system violates her religious views. At the hearing, set for Dec. 17, a judge is expected to decide whether the school district should be prevented from transferring the student to another school -- at least until a full trial on the issue has concluded. Officials say the technology is intended to track attendance and secure more funding for schools. The Wall Street Journal (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Education Cartoon 
Managing Budgets 
  • Partnership seeks to make Chromebooks affordable for schools
    Through a partnership between Google and, schools will be eligible until Dec. 21 to receive the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook for $99 -- $330 less than the retail price. Requests can be made for between one and 30 laptops. The offer comes as the American Institutes for Research seeks to ensure the Chromebook is able to be used for online test-taking required under the Common Core State Standards. T.H.E. Journal (12/10), (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Survey: Facebook is most popular social site among educators
    A recent report finds that 82% of educators belong to at least one social-networking website, and among educators, the most popular such site continues to be Facebook. The survey, conducted by MMS Education and sponsored by and MCH Strategic Data, also found that while social networking continues to rise among educators, additional support and training is needed to fully utilize the sites for education. eSchool News (free registration) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Why students should be encouraged to develop opinions
    Students should be taught to break away from the opinions of their teachers and parents, and develop their own thoughts, elementary-school principal Peter DeWitt writes in this blog post. He notes that students need to be heard, not just spoken to by teachers. "We need to encourage students to create their own opinions so they do not always feel as though they are on the outside looking in," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered."
--Stanley Kubrick,
American filmmaker

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