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September 28, 2012
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  • Will technology make age-grouping in schools obsolete?
    The adoption of more technology in education could make it unnecessary to group students by age, says Jeff Livingston, an executive with McGraw-Hill. Increasingly, educators are seeking to adopt teaching methods similar to that of the Khan Academy, which allows students to move at their own pace. Such competency-based techniques for teaching and learning could make grouping students by age irrelevant, Livingston suggests. GigaOm (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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eLearning 
  • GIS class helps Va. students solve real-world problems
    Students in the Geospatial Semester class at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va., are putting their skills to the test as they use geographic information systems mapping software to conduct research. One student studied the environmental and demographic impact a new Metro line would have on the Washington, D.C., area. "Students who do real-life problem-solving projects that help real people become very engaged in learning because their learning has a purpose," said Ryan Miller, teacher of the class. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Flipped instruction turns around middle-school history lessons
    Disappointed their students were not engaged in classroom lessons, two teachers at a Texas middle school decided to flip the script. The educators, who teach a history class together, adopted the flipped instructional method, in which students view instructional videos at home and use class time to complete homework assignments -- rather than listen to lectures. So far, teachers say the change has resulted in more engaged students and higher test scores. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Systems Management 
  • Transition to digital textbooks raises questions over access
    As Florida prepares to transition to using more digital resources in schools, a history teacher in one district has cited concerns about access and other problems associated with the change. The state is mandating districts spend half of their instructional-materials funding on digital resources by 2015. However, some parents have reported problems with logging onto the online textbooks and others have raised questions over how students with limited access to technology would be able to use the digital resources. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
Schools and Social Media 
  • Elementary-school program focuses on social media safety
    Fifth- and sixth-grade students at a Massachusetts school recently were told to be cautious about what they post on social media websites. The warning came during a program at the elementary school that included presentations from a doctor, a juvenile prosecutor and a police officer -- all focused on Internet safety. Students were warned about threats, such as cyberbullying and sexting and were informed about the potential consequences of their online behavior. The Salem News (Mass.) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Last Byte 
  • Students are challenged to engage in physical play
    Microsoft and the NFL are partnering on a promotion intended to encourage children to take a pledge they will play in a way that requires physical movement, preferably using Kinect on Xbox 360. The "60 Million Minutes Challenge" calls on students to play for at least 60 minutes a day between now and the Super Bowl in February. The goal is to get children to avoid sedentary activities, such as watching television, and instead become active and healthy. ZDNet (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old."
--James Garfield,
20th U.S. president

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