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February 1, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • Is manpower is an issue when integrating school technology?
    Officials in a Connecticut school district say they are struggling with existing staffing to keep up with an influx of new technology. Among the technology is an online system for tracking student achievement and a new foodservice program that allows families to make meal payments online. Officials are hopeful that the addition of a new technology position will allow time for the district to focus more on classroom technology., Conn. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Technology has become commonplace in Ill. school district
    Technology is playing a larger role in how students learn -- both in and out of school -- according to educators in one Illinois school district. All students in District 67 have Google accounts, and some students are using Google Apps in the classroom. However, students with such accounts are kept safe, educators say, because their access is restricted and students can only e-mail people within their own school. Lake Forester (Ill.) (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Mitsubishi adds classroom projector that doesn't need a PC
    Mitsubishi has introduced the WD390U-EST projector, which has a built-in thin client, enabling it to access content in the computing cloud or on nearby servers. "Teachers have a unique set of issues when they present in the classroom and shouldn't have to worry about technical problems when uploading their lessons or run late because of technical difficulties," said Mitsubishi's Wayne Kozuki. The projector is expected to go on sale in March; pricing has not yet been stated. T.H.E. Journal (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • School safety depends on mental-health services -- not guns
    As debate continues on matters of school safety following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., Patrick Larkin, assistant superintendent for learning for Burlington Public Schools in Massachusetts, writes in this blog post that the focus should be on mental-health services -- not guns. "If we orchestrated a plan where our children and their communities had access to the comprehensive support they need to deal with their particular social problems, we would be in a different position," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • Report: 9 of 12 states perform well under Race to the Top
    A report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education shows that nine of 12 jurisdictions to receive Race to the Top grants have performed well. The three found to be struggling are the District of Columbia, Maryland and Georgia, which was moved into a "high risk" category because of a lack of progress on teacher evaluations. Among the challenges reported were the District's pace in completing a database to track students' achievement, and issues with hiring qualified staff to run data systems in Maryland. The Washington Post (2/1), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Get Schooled blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • What educators tweeted during FETC
    This blog post includes ideas educators shared on Twitter during the Florida Educational Technology Conference this week. Among them was a tweet from Jerry Swiatek, @jswiatek, who said, "If we don't tell our school's story, someone else will." And another tweeted, "Educators in the Digital Age -- share their vision, start conversations, learn with other educators, lead by example." EdTech magazine (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Talking yields better hormonal responses than texting in girls
    Girls who talked to their mothers via phone or in person regarding a stressful event had lower levels of the "stress" hormone cortisol and higher oxytocin levels than those who texted their mothers, a study showed. "Hearing someone's voice is not only able to convey tone and sincerity, but also identity," study author Leslie Seltzer said. The findings appear in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior. HealthDay News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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