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March 8, 2013
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Head of the Class
How the job of K-12 chief technology officer has changed
It is increasingly important for chief technology officers for K-12 schools to act as educators and administrators -- focused always on improving teaching and learning -- says Consortium for School Networking CEO Keith Krueger. Krueger made the remarks ahead of the group's annual conference next week and the release of the group's first national leadership survey of school chief technology officers, expected to be available Tuesday. EdTech magazine (3/2013)
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eLearning
Curriculum offers Neb. teachers online, traditional tools
Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska is implementing a new K-6 language arts curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards that offers teachers both print and digital resources. Students can read books in print or on mobile devices, and teachers can incorporate online lessons and assessments and collaborate virtually with peers. "It's the best of both worlds. Overall, we're really excited about this, because it helps us move forward in multiple directions," said Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for instruction. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (3/4)
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Systems Management
Is the role of the teacher changing?
At the recent SXSWedu Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, the changing role of teachers as facilitators of classroom learning was a primary focus, SmartBrief senior education editor Melissa Greenwood writes in this blog post. Among the suggestions offered by speakers were to teach students to use technology to find answers on their own, put context before content and approach learning in a less formal way. Other ideas included educators acting as "spark igniters," who help students discover what drives their own passion for learning, and allowing students to help craft curriculum. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/6)
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Managing Budgets
Fla. school district invests in electronic documents
A Florida school district is spending $10,500 to implement the Board Docs program and technology that allows it to post school board agendas and related documents online. Ahead of the first meeting at which the e-agendas were used, officials received training and IT employees were on hand to help board members through the transition. The district also is providing paper copies at meetings for those who want them. Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach) (3/7)
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Schools and Social Media
Ravitch-led advocacy group to evaluate political candidates
Education historian Diane Ravitch and former teacher Anthony Cody have co-founded the Network for Public Education -- an advocacy group aimed at evaluating school-reform efforts and candidates for political office. The group, which will rely primarily on social networking to advance its message, will provide political opposition to efforts by Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee and others who are helping support -- and fund -- political campaigns and ballot measures. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/8), Education Week Teacher/Living in Dialogue blog (3/7)
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Last Byte
PBS Kids touts math in It All Adds Up
PBS Kids is hoping to boost early math and literacy skills among children ages 2 to 8 in low-income families with the launch of the It All Adds Up effort. The initiative includes a PBS Parents Play & Learn App for iOS and Android devices, and other applications, activities and games. KidScreen (3/7)
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Editor's Note
Help SmartBrief cover SXSW Interactive!
SmartBrief will cover the South by Southwest Interactive Festival through Tuesday in Austin, Texas, and we need your help! SXSW has too many must-see events for our staff to cover, so we're turning to readers to help document the best panels as blog contributors. If you're headed to Austin and want to contribute to SmartBrief's blogs on social media, leadership, finance, food and beverage or education, check out our guest-post guidelines and send a note to Jesse Stanchak.
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Hope is the physician of each misery."
-- Irish proverb
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