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January 31, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • Why technology is a game-changer in K-12 education
    At the FETC Conference Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist at Google, told attendees about the ways technology has -- and will continue to -- change K-12 education. Among other things, Casap said technology is causing students to learn in new ways and is providing them with almost constant access to information. The changing landscape, Casap said, makes it even more important for teachers to have access to professional development and for there to be a focus on digital leadership in schools. T.H.E. Journal (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The tech tools educators are using now: Experts and educators attending this week's FETC 2013 shared five free programs they have found useful in the classroom. Among them are Popcorn Maker, which is aimed at creating interactive images, and Screenleap, which allows students to access a presentation on a teacher's computer. Remind101 allows teachers to send one-way text messages to students and parents, and InfuseLearning is designed to make lessons more interactive. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Use of tablet computers is expected to rise in India's schools
    More schools in India are expected to begin using tablet computers in the classroom with the release of more high-quality, affordable devices. The government reportedly is supportive of the use of tablets for learning, and the technology is seen as particularly beneficial in rural parts of the country. However, it is not expected that rural areas will be able to take full advantage in the next several years because of insufficient broadband access and power supplies. ZDNet (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Teacher evaluations go high-tech
    In his annual letter, Bill Gates is calling for a better system for providing feedback for teachers. In recent years, a growing number of companies have been providing technology designed to help in the process. Along with a focus on using video-based teacher evaluations, a Web-based tool now is available to help organize and analyze teacher feedback. GigaOm (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Website provides easier access to education funding
    With education funding especially tight, the website GetEdFunding allows users to search an online database of available grants and awards, writes Andy Lausch, vice president of higher education for CDW-G, which sponsors the site. Currently, the free site offers access to 750 funding opportunities, Lausch writes. The grants and awards are searchable by content area, 21st-century themes and other categories, he notes. EdTech magazine (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Bullying mostly fueled by social media, N.J. superintendent says
    Officials in a New Jersey school district say social media is to blame for much of the bullying that has occurred in the first half of the school year. The issue was in the spotlight following the release of a report showing there were four confirmed incidents of bullying so far and 13 alleged incidents. "Our biggest challenge is and probably will remain the social media stuff that happens outside of school grounds," said superintendent Scott Oswald. "The initial contacts there almost never happen in school.", N.J. (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Will 2013 bring the end of test obsession?
    While the opposition against standardized testing continues to grow, society remains test-obsessed, writes former English teacher Sam Chaltain. In this blog post, Chaltain offers advice for those who wish to end K-12 education's reliance on testing. He suggests that opponents begin to not only fight against testing, but offer real -- and realistic -- alternatives as well. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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