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November 2, 2012
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  • 6 ways students use technology to help change the world
    Teachers can use digital tools to help students make a difference in the world, teacher Bill Ferriter writes in this blog post. He offers six ways students can use such technology to help support causes, including one at his own school in which students used the microlending service Kiva to assist entrepreneurs in developing countries. Ferriter also writes about students who have used blogging to spread the word about projects they are passionate about. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
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Systems Management 
  • Fla. district makes shift to computer-based testing
    To meet a new state requirement for computer-based testing, Palm Beach County, Fla., school officials say they will need to spend about $12 million to ensure their schools have 25,000 computers by 2015. Officials say they are in talks with Dell, Intel and Microsoft to donate an additional $7 million worth of computers, and officials also are hoping the federal government will provide some support through the Title I program. The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartReport on EdTech
SmartReport on EdTech is your guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
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Managing Budgets 
  • Israel, Intel partner to improve science, technology education
    Israel's Ministry of Education and Intel are partnering on a four-year, $5 million program "to double the number of high school students completing their science and technology matriculation certificate," Intel CEO Paul Otellini said. Intel currently is spending about $100 million on education programs worldwide. Globes (Israel) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Schools and Social Media 
  • Understanding the appeal of the "unconference"
    The popularity of Edcamps, a type of professional development for educators, originated from social media connections, writes Tom Whitby, an adjunct professor of education at St. Joseph's College in New York. The Edcamps, he writes in this blog post, are described as "unconferences" and do not follow a set format or schedule. Participants also can move on to a different session if they are not benefiting from the one they are in. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Twitter was a blessing and a curse during Sandy
    Superstorm Sandy brought out the best and worst in Twitter users, experts say. People flocked to the site for real-time updates on the storm and on relief efforts, but had to contend with bogus messages and hoaxes staged by unscrupulous users. "The limits of Twitter come into play during a situation like a hurricane. ... There's great power in it, but also great power for deception," author John Palfrey says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
SmartQuote 
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."
--Cecil Beaton,
British photographer and costume designer

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