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January 7, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • Is ed-tech sector at risk for a new "bubble"?
    In a recent report, researchers consider the possibility of a bubble in the education-technology sector, which would affect entrepreneurs and companies. Researchers compare today's circumstances to those that presaged a tech bubble during the 1990s, which burst after a period of over-attention and excitement. "Digital learning may be getting too popular among some entrepreneurs and investors -- because this popularity may be increasing for the wrong reasons and have little to do with actually improving education," the paper states. Education Week/Digital Education blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
eLearning 
  • Mass., Ohio partner to develop online tool for teachers
    An online "instructional improvement system" is being developed for teachers by the education departments in Ohio and Massachusetts. The tool will allow teachers to individualize instruction for students, using resources, such as lesson plans and tests, available online. The new system should be available to teachers in both states in the 2013-14 school year, and Race to the Top grants are being used to fund the project. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Gigabit Wi-Fi will move closer to reality this year
    Equipment-makers are eagerly preparing for the introduction of next-generation Wi-Fi, with a number of components already capable of supporting the gigabit speeds that the pending 802.11ac standard promises. Ratification of the IEEE protocol is expected by early 2014 at the latest, and the Wi-Fi Alliance is readying beta testing of the technology -- which will support as much as four times the throughput of current networks. Experts say carriers will likely introduce gigabit service in high-density areas before moving on to enterprise-based applications. Network World (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Ariz. budget is expected to account for common core
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to include funding for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in her budget proposal, set for release later this month. The funding is expected to assist school districts, which have seen a decline in state aid in recent years, and are faced with paying for the implementation of the standards, including teacher training as well as updates to school resources and technology. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Missing-children reports are going social in Canada
    A project in Canada asks social media users to "donate" their Facebook and Twitter accounts to help publicize cases involving missing children. When a child is missing, participating users' accounts automatically post updates with information about the incident, helping to raise awareness and to encourage people to report sightings. FastCoExist (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Your Views 
  • What do you see as the most significant issue in education technology for 2013?
Technology in the classroom
Digital citizenship
Computer-based testing
Online education

Last Byte 
  • What educators are talking about
    In this blog post, Melissa Greenwood, SmartBrief's senior education editor, shares the most popular tweets from SmartBlog on Education's Twitter feed. Among them are articles on literacy, reading, notable schools and interesting student projects, including one in which students make clothing out of recycled goods to raise environmental awareness. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
--Mahatma Gandhi,
Indian lawyer and activist

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