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November 7, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • More schools reach out to parents via social media
    A growing number of school districts nationwide are using social-networking websites and other digital tools to engage parents in their children's education. In New York City, parents can subscribe to text-message alerts in either English or Spanish, and Fairfax County, Va., schools have amassed thousands of subscribers to their Facebook and Twitter pages. To help all parents access this information, some districts also are providing technology training and resources. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Education is changing. Get prepared.
What's the very latest on Common Core? Student achievement? Teacher and principal evaluation? Find out from the leaders in education, Dr. Robert Marzano and Learning Sciences International. No educator should miss the second annual Marzano Conference, Building Expertise 2013, in Orlando, Florida.
  • Teachers use iBook Author to pen electronic textbook
    Teachers in a Pennsylvania junior-high school have used the iBook Author program to write a digital textbook for their online social studies curriculum. This is the first year for teachers using the textbook, which students view on iPads and MacBooks purchased by the school. Teachers say the "bells and whistles" made possible by the e-book help to keep students more engaged in lessons than they would be using a traditional textbook. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Complete, Online Writing and Grammar Curriculum
New from Zaner-Bloser: Meet 100% of the Writing and writing-related Language Common Core State Standards with Strategies for Writers—now available in a completely digital format! Tour our virtual classroom today to view and interact with free samples and to learn about the all-digital program option, the Strategies for Writers Online Writing Center.
Systems Management 
  • N.C. to replace its student-information system
    Officials in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina say they are concerned about the cost and logistics involved in upgrading the student-information system used statewide. Beginning July 1, districts will replace the state's NC Wise system with the PowerSchool system. The change was announced after the company that bought NC Wise chose to close it. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Frustrated with how spelling is traditionally taught? Super Spellers gives you an approach that's easy to implement, research based, developmentally appropriate, and tied to authentic reading and writing. Includes word inventories, a sample scope & sequence, word ladder activities, and ways to make your existing spelling lists better. Preview the entire book!
Managing Budgets 
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.
Schools and Social Media 
  • Educators stick a pin in online resources
    A growing number of educators say they are using the social cloud resource Pinterest for classroom resources and as a professional networking tool. One school counselor, Julia V. Taylor, has used her page to pin resources on school counseling, tech-savvy educators, education, leadership and other topics. The writer of this article also includes links to resources on Pinterest that may be of interest to educators. T.H.E. Journal (11/5) 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.
Last Byte 
  • Study: Music may help some students with ADHD concentrate
    Researchers at Florida International University found that, in limited cases, playing music during tasks was nearly as effective as medication in helping some boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder concentrate on schoolwork. The study examined boys who were on medication for ADHD and those who are not, as well as a control group of male students. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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--Jorge Luis Borges,
Argentine writer

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