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December 13, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Matrix offers a formula for technology integration
    The Arizona K12 Center at Northern Arizona University has developed a Technology Integration Matrix designed to help teachers understand whether they are "doing it right" when it comes to integrating technology in the classroom. The matrix aligns five levels of technology integration -- entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion and transformation -- with five characteristics of meaningful learning -- active, collaborative, constructive, authentic and goal-directed. Edudemic (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
What Does it Mean to Comprehend What One Reads?
When students understand what they read, they are applying a constellation of skills and strategies to interpret the text based on both the features of the text and their own knowledge. In this paper we discuss the building blocks of teaching reading comprehension. Download the Free Whitepaper
  • Making the most out of interactive whiteboards
    In some classrooms, interactive whiteboards go unused or are used as a place to hang posters and student work. To make the most of the devices, experts suggest schools identify teachers who are excited about the technology as "early adopters" and make training relevant. It's also important, experts say in this article, to ensure that teachers have clear goals for the devices. "The goal should be student-centered instruction, moving past using it as a glorified overhead projector," said Shayla Rexrode, manager of education solutions for SMART Technologies, a whiteboard manufacturer. Scholastic Administrator magazine (Late Fall 2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Teacher uses film to teach analytical skills
    As teachers work to implement the Common Core State Standards, they should consider using film to help teach students analytical skills, writes high-school language arts teacher Jessica Keigan. In this blog post, she writes about her approach to teaching students such skills, including conducting a literary analysis of a film. Students then are asked to analyze the cinematic decision-making behind the film, and to conduct a critical analysis. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Other News

"You can't learn math without making mistakes." What's Right About Wrong Answers gives you 22 activities that focus on important ideas in grades 4-5 math. Each includes a summary of the content and highlighted error, Common Core connections, redproducibles, required manipulatives, and other tools. Preview the entire book!
Systems Management 
  • Computer glitch in NYC responsible for leaked teacher data
    Information about the performance of teachers in New York City that was supposed to remain private accidentally was leaked to their colleagues this week because of a computer glitch. The glitch made available information about how teachers' students performed on standardized tests on the Education Department's internal computer system. Officials said they were working to resolve the issue. Daily News (New York) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Rise in cloud migrations fuels demand for third-party assistance
    More enterprises are turning to third-party intermediaries to manage their transition to the cloud, according to analysts, who project that so-called cloud service brokerages will generate $100 billion in annual sales by 2014. Experts say that by providing aggregation, integration and customization services, intermediaries relieve back-end pressure on IT departments, freeing them to focus on application development. "The cloud technology is moving so fast now; there is a great need to partner," said Glenn Weinstein, CIO of Appirio, a cloud services provider. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • N.C. district plans to invest Race to the Top funds in tablets
    A North Carolina school district that is one of 16 winners in the latest round of the Race to the Top competition has announced it will use its $30 million grant to provide tablet computers for middle-school students. Officials say they also intend to hire new technology coordinators and provide additional training. "This technology, which will combine textbook information and Internet resources in one place, will literally put the world at our students' fingertips," superintendent Maurice Green said. T.H.E. Journal (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Facebook page is designed for English learners in Middle East
    A Facebook page maintained by the British Council, which seeks to teach English-language skills to students in the Middle East and North Africa, has more than 1 million "likes." However, officials say the challenge will be in translating the popularity of the page into learners. Some say the initiative relies largely on the quality of the materials accessible to students through the site. The Guardian (London) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • All Internet access is not created equal
    In this blog post, technology teacher Mary Beth Hertz writes that a recent push for universal Internet access is not sufficient for bridging the digital divide. She writes about the limitations of accessing the Internet using mobile devices and suggests that the focus should be on ensuring that students not only have access to the Internet but sufficient tools. One solution, she writes, is for schools to beef up technology courses and integrate technology education throughout the curriculum. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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