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January 24, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • How to use QR codes as teaching tools
    There are many ways that quick-response codes can be used in classroom lessons, offers educator and blogger Monica Burns. In this blog post, she writes that QR codes can make it easier for students to access certain websites and help students avoid search engines that can bring them to the wrong website. QR codes also are easy to make and time-savers in the classroom, Burns writes, while allowing deviation from routine to keep lessons fresh and engaging for students. Burns' blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Wi-Fi opens up technology possibilities for N.C. schools
    The increased number of schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg district in North Carolina being outfitted with Wi-Fi capability means a boost to bring-your-own-device programs for students and staff. So far, 45 of the district's 159 schools have signed on for such programs. Officials say they hope all schools will have Wi-Fi access by August. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • FCC unveils plan for nationwide access to gigabit Internet within 2 years
    The head of the Federal Communications Commission told a gathering of the nation's mayors on Friday that the agency will help expand "ultra-high-speed" Internet access to all 50 states over the next two years. Chairman Julius Genachowski said the FCC's Gigabit City Challenge will rely on an online clearinghouse to solicit input from providers, and at least one municipality in each state should have access to gigabit Internet speeds by 2015. News Service (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • Colo. becomes 1st state to receive NEA's STEM challenge grant
    Colorado obtained a $200,000 Challenge Grant from the National Education Association for STEM education, and combined it with other funds from two other sources to create a $400,000 grant that will be spent on training teachers in science, technology, engineering and math. "Colorado's economy is adding jobs in STEM-related fields every day and we need to meet this growing demand by educating a highly skilled and competitive [workforce]," said Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. Arvada Press (Colo.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • N.J. district could tie social media behavior to tenure decisions
    A New Jersey school district is considering a policy that holds teachers and other school staff to a higher standard than the general public when it comes to their posts on social media websites. Under the policy, the school board would have the authority to determine whether employees' posts, photographs and other material are appropriate. If such information is found to be inappropriate, there could be disciplinary action that could affect tenure., N.J. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Teaching students to value learning, not just grades
    Learning should be the goal for students, not getting an "A," writes National Board Certified Teacher Paul Cancellieri. In this blog post, he writes about the negative consequences of rewarding students for good grades, such as cheating, a decline in creativity and efforts to undermine each other. In his own classroom, Cancellieri writes that he teaches students about the value of assessments as measurements of learning. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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