February 20, 2013
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Head of the Class
A resource for flipping the math classroom
An educator using YourTeacher's new digital textbooks says students have been receptive to the curriculum's flipped education model, in which they watch a video at home and complete a quiz, then receive reinforcement for the new concept in class the next day. "My students prefer it to the standard textbook and we have had really good success with it," teacher Jill Stringer said. "The examples are very good and my students are doing well." T.H.E. Journal (2/19)
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eLearning
Web-based program helps students make international connections
Students at a British school in Pamplona, Spain, are communicating with elementary-school students in Texas through a Web-based educational program called ePals Global Community. The students in Texas also are using iPads and MacBooks to talk to students in a French-speaking part of Africa. Students use the technology to send biography videos and information about where they live, such as the weather. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (2/17)
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Making sense of popular teaching methods
There's a lot of talk about problem-, project- and inquiry-based learning, but how do you know the difference and understand what will work best for your students? In this blog post, former English teacher Lauren Davis offers a cheat sheet for these teaching methods, along with examples and tips. For example, teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron used project-based learning in which her students sought to have a broken school bell repaired. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/14)
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Systems Management
Mo. district administers computer survey to teachers, students
The Granite City School District in Missouri is using a 15-minute computer survey to determine what the district is doing wrong -- and what it is doing right. Students and teachers in the district will be invited to complete the survey, which will question them about leadership, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environment and instruction. The results of the survey will be part of the district's state report card. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (2/20)
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Managing Budgets
Ariz. schools make use of repurposed computers
Rather than trashing or recycling unwanted, used computers, Coconino Community College in Arizona has donated about 100 such devices to local schools. Officials say schools are grateful for the repurposed devices, which in some cases replace machines that are more than a decade old. "Getting donated computers allows us to maximize the use of available funding for technology," said Ted Grudniewski, assistant director of technology in the Flagstaff Unified School District. The Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff) (2/15)
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Other News
Schools and Social Media
Should schools referee sports-related social media use?
Social media is playing an increased role in high-school sports, with athletes using sites to engage in trash talk or plan rallies and other events, and get updates. The increased use has officials questioning whether the trend warrants a new policy to guide conduct. In some California schools, students already are required to sign codes of conduct, but some officials worry that greater enforcement may be needed. Record Searchlight (Redding, Calif.) (2/16)
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Last Byte
Mobile app pairs students with prospective careers
A mobile application allows college students to quickly flip through various personality questions to help them determine possible career paths after graduation. Compass Lite, developed by Baltimore-based Web development company Woofound, matches students with potential careers based on their answers and provides extra information such as salary and employment prospects. Education Week/College Bound blog (2/19)
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We deceive ourselves when we fancy that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it far more."
-- Anne Sophie Swetchine,
Russian mystic
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