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December 18, 2012
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Head of the Class 
 
  • Ideas to get parents on board with tech in the classroom
    Parents might question the need to use technology in the classroom, but emphasizing the career skills students will learn can help bring them around, educator Jennifer Carey writes in this blog post. Carey presents ideas on getting parent buy-in such as emphasizing the skills students learn as they use computers and tablets for projects. "While a parent might balk at their child learning to 'make a movie,' they all want their child to develop core skill-sets that will help them both in school and 'the real world' of college and careers," Carey writes. Powerful Learning Practice (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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eLearning 
  • Is this the end of the road for the Scantron?
    Standardized tests nationwide increasingly are being taken online and that trend is expected to continue as 25 states implement computerized exams under the Common Core State Standards. In Nevada, where officials are preparing to launch a pilot of new "computer adaptive" tests, supporters say the exams will adjust to meet students' needs and better assess their knowledge. However, concerns remain over the cost of implementation and whether school infrastructure can handle the technology. Las Vegas Sun (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Calif. schools inspire next generation of STEM workers
    Some California schools are doing more to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One school is working with a local community college to expose younger children to STEM careers via field trips and other activities. Other schools have tweaked academic programming to include more opportunities for hands-on, project-based learning, which school and business officials say is the key to preparing students for real-world jobs. Napa Valley Register (Calif.) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Grant to fund development of tools for common core
    The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association and their teachers are working to develop tools to help implement Common Core State Standards, education reporter Catherine Gewertz writes in this blog post. Those tools will be posted online on the Student Achievement Partners' website. The three-year project is funded through an $11 million charitable grant. While there are few specifics about the type of tools that will be made available, organizers say teachers have requested help in building "coherent text sets." Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • 'Tis the season to buy classroom technology
    In this article, journalists Anuli Akanegbu and Ricky Ribeiro have compiled a list of education technology that should be on schools' wish lists this holiday season. The wish list includes PolyVision eno one 2610MOBILE UST, a type of interactive whiteboard, and Microsoft Kinect motion sensor, which is a game-based device that engages students physically. Microsoft Office 365 also makes the list for its cloud-based abilities, which are useful for any school, they write. EdTech magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Skype brings together students, authors
    Seventh- and eighth-graders at Tiverton Middle School in Massachusetts discuss writing with their favorite authors via Skype as part of the Meet the Author Book Club, a collaboration between school and town librarians. Students prepare for the monthly author interviews by reading a book by the author, then developing questions about the writing process and other topics. "A lot of the students are budding writers, and it's a chance for them to see what it's like on the other side ... and really step into the author's shoes," librarian Kasia Piasecka said. The Herald News (Fall River, Mass.) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • A call to find your inner leader
    Schools need effective school leaders, but people don't always know what it means to lead, writes Peter DeWitt, an elementary-school principal in Averill Park, N.Y. In this blog post, he also writes about the growing connected-educator movement on Twitter, and the innovative ideas and calls to action that have resulted from the exchanges. While DeWitt writes that leadership is hard work, he notes that people who lead will not be disappointed with the results. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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