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November 1, 2012
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  • Teachers: Technology changes classroom teaching, learning
    Two surveys being released today show that educators believe technology is changing the way students learn. Among other things, teachers said they have to entertain students with more flexible teaching styles -- as well as be educators. While many teachers who were surveyed said technology has led to more distracted students, other teachers added that they believe technology can be harnessed as an educational tool. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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  • Physical-education programs adapt to the digital age
    The adoption of online and blended-learning programs does not mean students have to sacrifice physical activity, suggests Michael Horn, cofounder of the nonprofit Innosight Institute. In this blog post, he writes about Carpe Diem Collegiate Middle and High School, which allows students to visit an on-site fitness center with a trainer when they get the urge to work out. Another school, he writes, is considering partnering with a neighboring fitness center to offer a Crossfit for Kids program. Forbes (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Why teacher evaluations shouldn't fully go high-tech
    The most effective teacher-evaluation methods include a combination of high-tech and low-tech techniques, says Kim Marshall, who works as a consultant to educators and coach for principals. Marshall recommends administrators use online documents from teachers to learn about the curriculum ahead of time and use technology to document findings. However, steps such as giving feedback and visiting the classroom are best done face-to-face without high-tech tools, Marshall writes. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Schools and Social Media 
  • Teachers in Ontario are using social media in lessons
    In Ontario, Canada, the school curriculum requires the inclusion of technology, and now, some teachers say they are using social media, blogging and smartphones as part of classroom lessons. Andrew Campbell, a primary-school teacher in Brantford, says he keeps a shared Twitter account for his class, and also has taught students proper etiquette when using social media. The Toronto Star (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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