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December 17, 2012
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Head of the Class 
 
  • How technology can help students learn
    In this blog post, educators and experts share their insights and advice for integrating technology into the classroom in ways that improve student learning. "The best way to use tech in the classroom is when the technology primarily supports the process of student learning, not the product," said Sylvia Martinez, president of Generation YES. Tina Barseghian, editor of MindShift, offers examples of how technology helped facilitate group work, improved Latin lessons and was a part of creative play. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
What Does it Mean to Comprehend What One Reads?
When students understand what they read, they are applying a constellation of skills and strategies to interpret the text based on both the features of the text and their own knowledge. In this paper we discuss the building blocks of teaching reading comprehension. Download the Free Whitepaper
eLearning 
  • How to use TED Talks to create a lesson for deeper learning
    Middle-grades educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron in this blog post describes a project she has created to provide deeper, differentiated learning for students involving communication skills. As part of the project, aligned to the Common Core State Standards focus on argument, Wolpert-Gawron uses TED Talks speeches to help students become content experts on various subjects. Then they each choose a particular subject to advocate for -- eventually coming to a consensus as part of a group -- and use tools, such as websites and podcasts, to communicate their ideas. Edutopia.org/Heather Wolpert-Gawron's blog (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
  • Australian schools use iPads to help students communicate
    At two schools in Australia, students with disabilities are using iPad devices to better communicate and participate in classroom lessons. The Gowrie Primary School is using the technology in its special-education classrooms as part of a program piloted at Canberra's Malkara School. Educators say the students, who have verbal difficulties, have used the devices to create stories and express themselves. Already, the students have improved their communication skills, as well as their literacy and numeracy abilities. ABC (Australia) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • GE touts cooling technology for mobile computers
    General Electric has introduced dual piezoelectric cooling jets designed to reduce heat generated by laptop and tablet computers. "DCJ can be made so quiet that users won't even know it's running," GE's Chris Giovanniello says. ExtremeTech (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • Education Department alters priorities on i3 grant program
    The Education Department is proposing to revamp its Investing in Innovation -- or i3 -- grant program by having all applicants work to address one of 10 new priorities announced Friday. The priorities include improvements in science, technology, engineering and math programs; outcomes for students with disabilities and those who are English-language learners; teacher and principal effectiveness and low-performing schools. Under the proposed changes, the department would specify which priorities applicants should aim for when it issues a call for proposals. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Are social media degrees worthwhile?
    Following a South Carolina college's decision to offer a major in social media, the writer of this opinion article questions whether students' education can keep up with the ever-changing field. One example offered is the QR code, which is declining in popularity but will be taught as part of the program. Fast Company online (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • What educators have learned from listening
    In this blog post, readers of SmartBrief's education blog share the lessons they have learned from listening to their students, parents and community members. "Students are not able to think critically if they are not first exposed to media of all kinds and expected to understand author assumptions and use of information," science educator Laura Lehtonen said of what she has learned. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
SmartQuote 
We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action."
--Frank Tibolt,
American author

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