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February 5, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • The downside of using cellphones in the classroom
    While there is widespread agreement that smartphones should be integrated into instruction, several issues arise when implementing mobile technologies in the classroom, said educators who participated in a discussion on the subject at the 2013 Florida Educational Technology Conference last week. Many educators have found that text-messaging is a distraction for students, and that the technology can be used inappropriately for cheating and bullying. Other concerns include misuse of social media, student safety, and whether all students and teachers have equal access to the technology. T.H.E. Journal (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Schools worldwide adopt Google Chrome devices
    About 2,000 schools worldwide are using Google's Chrome OS devices -- two times as many as reported using the devices three months ago, according to Google. "When you consider all the software licences, server investment and ongoing maintenance costs of running regular laptops, we also anticipate long-term cost savings from the Chromebooks," said Steve Philip, deputy head teacher at Paganel School in the United Kingdom, which began using the devices last year. ZDNet (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • BYOD raises risk of malware infection, Cisco finds
    Computer users are more likely to pick up a damaging piece of malware while browsing search engines and retail shopping sites than through the online gambling and adult content sites typically seen as repositories for malicious code. That's according to Cisco's 2013 Annual Security Report, which found online advertisements are teeming with potential threats and consumers who use their mobile devices for both personal and work-related activities face an increased risk of infection. (U.K.) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • 1,800 teaching jobs in NYC could be eliminated through attrition
    Facing the loss of $400 million in federal and state aid, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made a budget proposal that seeks to cut 1,800 teaching jobs through attrition. The city stands to lose even more education funding if it is unable to reach an agreement with teachers over evaluations, required by the state. Daily News (New York) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Md. district considers lifting ban on social media
    Officials in Anne Arundel County, Md., are considering two proposals that would end a ban on the use of social media in the classroom and set boundaries for appropriate use by students and teachers. Under the policy, sites such as Facebook and Twitter could be used only for instructional purposes, and teachers could create school-related social media sites if they are approved by administrators. However, communication between teachers and students would be banned except when monitored by school officials. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Why parent involvement should extend beyond questioning grades
    Parent involvement is more complicated than educators might think, writes Alfie Kohn, author of 12 books on education and human behavior. Rather than just ensuring that parents are tuned into students' work in the classroom, teachers also must help parents focus on critical thinking and enthusiasm for education -- rather than asking about students' grades, Kohn writes in this blog post. "Parents should aim higher than helping teachers to make children toe the line," Kohn writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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