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April 24, 2012
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  • More districts shift to using digital textbooks
    A growing number of schools nationwide are replacing traditional textbooks with electronic books, even as districts face questions over funding and the type of technology to use. Some also question whether students will prefer to read electronic texts. In one district, which tested the use of 206 digital books in the 2010-11 school year, educators say readership was up, with the digital titles being accessed 101,000 times. District Administration magazine (5/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
"In response to the increased use of social media by students and staff, many schools are developing acceptable-use policies. There is tremendous opportunity for improving education through the use of social media. There is also potential risk..." To keep reading, download this free chapter from The School Leader's Guide to Social Media.
eLearning 
  • Va. teacher broadcasts lesson from active volcano
    John Stewart, who teaches eighth-grade English at Gunston Middle School in Arlington, Va., was among seven teachers chosen in a national contest to travel to the seven wonders of the nation. During the recent trip, Stewart set up a camera and taught by satellite with students from Mount Kilauea, Hawaii's most active volcano, where he listened to students read poems on volcanoes. The Washington Post (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • School fair highlights ideas for using technology as a teaching tool
    Students at Jenkins Elementary, in Hickory, N.C., recently demonstrated how technology is used as a teaching tool at their school. Highlights of the school's Tech Week included fifth-graders using presentation software to create displays for the school's wax museum of historical figures. Meanwhile, fourth-graders explained how they are learning about cyber citizenship by posting possible tweets in the hallway outside their classroom. The Hickory Daily Record (N.C.) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Wis. students hold 5K fundraiser to purchase new technology
    Students at a Wisconsin middle school held a 5K race to help raise money for technology. The event was planned following the school's installation of wireless Internet. Without technology, such as iPads, educators say they are unable to take advantage of the wireless capability. Students also held a competition to see which class could raise the most funds separate from the race. Oshkosh Northwestern (Wis.) (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Md. high school plans social media forum
    A Maryland high school will host a forum Wednesday to teach students and parents how to safely use social media websites. The event will include educators, elected officials and the Maryland State Police social media trainer. Robin Brock, school-resource officer at Owings Mills High School, said the goal is not to scare parents about social media, but to educate them so they can properly direct their children. Patch.com/Reisterstown, Md. (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
--Carl Sandburg,
American poet, historian and novelist

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