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January 29, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • How to use digital games in the classroom
    A recent report reinforces the popularity of digital games among teenagers and highlights their potential uses in education. The report, released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Games and Learning Publishing Council, finds a role for both short and long-form games, which could extend beyond a class period. The report also offers a guide for determining when a game is educational -- pointing out that opinions differ on the definition of a "learning game." blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines strips away the one-size-fits-all approach to content-area literacy and presents a much-needed instructional model for disciplinary literacy—showing teachers how to mentor middle and high school learners to become "academic insiders" who are college and career ready. Preview the entire book!
  • What the U.S. can learn from China about education technology
    Students in China are more likely than U.S. students to report that their teachers are more technology-savvy than they are and that students spend more time using technology in school, according to a recent survey by Dell. The survey also finds that schools in China are more likely to use technology for training, in student collaboration and across the curriculum, while U.S. schools are focused more on research and special assignments. The Huffington Post (1/28) 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.
Systems Management 
  • Best practices for increasing campus bandwidth
    In this article, officials on college and university campuses suggest eight ways in which institutions can increase their bandwidth. Among them are to complete a full system redesign, rather than putting patches on an existing system, and to make capacity a priority and plan for the unknown. They also suggest prioritizing investments in robust radio-frequency management tools and evaluate solutions in the same environment in which they will be used. EdTech magazine (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Education Cartoon 
Managing Budgets 
  • District seeks to provide budget transparency with website
    In unveiling its budget this year, officials in the Clark County, Nev., school district provided a breakdown of the $2 billion spending plan on a newly created website. The goal, officials said, is to provide more transparency on spending in the district. In the past, the budget details were provided in a more than 200-page document -- making it difficult to navigate. Las Vegas Review-Journal/View (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Twitter chats allow ELL teachers to exchange ideas
    Former educators Judie Haynes and Karen Nemeth host a weekly Twitter chat for teachers of English-language learners -- #ELLCHAT -- that draws dozens of participants. Topics range from the implementation of the Common Core State Standards to advocating for ELLs. Educators say that Twitter increasingly is becoming a venue for ELL teachers and other educators to collaborate and exchange ideas. Among other things, they are drawn by the immediacy of the exchange and the reliability of the information shared, the two co-hosts say. Education Week/Learning the Language blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Skills teachers can learn from entrepreneurs
    Teachers can adopt six entrepreneurial skills to become more effective, educator Katrina Stevens writes in this blog post. Among the skills are to take initiative in solving problems, develop an online professional learning community and partner with a mentor. Stevens also recommends teachers properly collect data and pilot programs, ensure a program is successful before rolling it out districtwide and commit to being lifelong learners. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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