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December 28, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Schools find reliable, low-cost option in Google Chromebook
    Schools nationwide increasingly are purchasing the Google Chromebook, which combines features of the notebook computer and the netbook. Among its benefits, educators say, are the low cost, ease of use and reliability. Educators who have adopted the Chromebook suggest that those looking to make the transition update their Wi-Fi access, use Google Apps for Education and provide training for teachers ahead of implementation. EdTech magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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  • Tenn. school makes technology transition
    Principal Bridget Martin remembers when students at her school, which she also graduated from, used large Apple computers and floppy disks. Now, she is overseeing the installation of technology, such as interactive whiteboards, and the purchase of computer tablets. During winter break, the school planned $30,000 in technology upgrades, including the addition of technology in the library, computer lab and science lab. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Why data breaches happen -- and how you can prevent them
    The lack of centralized control and absence of proper management tools are among the leading reasons why significant data breaches occur and show what should be done about them, writes Ashvin Kamaraju of Vormetric. Not having a single standard for IT security is also a problem, he notes. "Deploying a centralized enterprise security management strategy ... will help prevent data security breakdowns that lead to breaches and costly public disclosures," he writes. Network World (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • Will education go off the "fiscal cliff"?
    With less than a week for federal lawmakers to reach a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff," educators nationwide are preparing for the worst. However, federally funded programs, such as Title I, are forward-funded -- which means that grants for those programs would not be cut until the next school year. The impact-aid program, however, would be cut sooner, and the timing of the federal negotiations could make local budget decisions more difficult. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Top 10 education blog posts of 2012
    In this blog post, SmartBrief writer Sarah Wade shares the most-tweeted SmartBlog on Education posts from 2012. Among them: examining whether students are motivated by technology, what it means to be a 21st century teacher and ways in which teachers can utilize Twitter. Top tweeted blogs also include posts about flipped classrooms, the right ways to use classroom technology and what it means to be an education-technology leader. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Ohio students apply STEM skills to race cars
    STEM teacher Jason Freudenberg has found a fun, hands-on project to help students at Austintown Middle School in Youngstown, Ohio, better understand some real-world applications for math, physics, engineering and design. Freudenberg received a grant that will fund development of three official Soap Box Derby cars to be entered in the All-American Soap Box Derby Gravity Racing Challenge in 2013. The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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