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January 9, 2013
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  • What is the appeal of tablets in K-12 schools?
    Tablet computers are catching on in school districts nationwide, including one Oregon district that chose the low-cost Xoom tablet, primarily to serve students with special needs and those in alternative courses. This article includes examples of how tablets are being used and tips for educators considering adopting the devices in their own classrooms. EdTech magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • IPad is soaring in popularity in U.S. schools: Apple's iPad has become a popular fixture in classrooms nationwide, and a large part of that has been by design as the company has sought to make itself the mainstay in classroom tablets. "The adoption rate of iPad in education is something I'd never seen from any technology product in history," Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said. TMCNet.com (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

"Like having a literature expert and master teacher at your side all year long."Linda Hoyt. The new edition of Mentor Texts helps students become confident, accomplished writers by using literature as their foundation. It's filled with classroom examples, new "Your Turn" lessons, and a completely updated "Treasure Chest" of annotated book suggestions. Preview the entire book!
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eLearning 
 
  • 4 ways teachers are using technology now
    This article compiles examples of how classroom teachers are using technology to further learning. Included among the case studies is a group of Minnesota third-graders who are using technology to compete in educational games with other students worldwide. The exercise has led to improved achievement in reading and math. In a San Francisco classroom, chemistry students are greeted each day by a text message asking them a challenge question related to what they will learn that day. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Cut through the clutter to empower student learning
Teacher Clarity is a process for bringing focus to the most important components of instruction, cutting away aspects that don't help learning. This school district is seeing gains in student performance and agency and teacher effectiveness. See how it created a pathway to success.
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Systems Management 
 
  • Judge upholds district's use of student ID badges, tracking devices
    A student's lawsuit against a Texas school district's use of identification badges and tracking devices has been thrown out by a federal court. In a ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia found that the district can transfer Andrea Hernandez, 15, to her neighborhood school for refusing to wear her student identification badge used at the magnet school where she had been enrolled. Hernandez and her family contended the requirement to wear the badges violated her constitutional and religious rights. San Antonio Express-News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
SmartReport on STEM: Empowering Imagination
SmartBrief's annual SmartReport on STEM highlights individuals who are readying students for working in a STEM-driven society; what it means to STEM like a woman; the progress from STEM to STEAM; the latest STEM tools and products; and more. Download it now.
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Managing Budgets 
  • Can Philadelphia afford superintendent's ambitious plan?
    Some critics are questioning how William R. Hite Jr., Philadelphia superintendent, intends to fund a plan released Monday that calls for academic improvements. Included in his vision for the district's future is the development of International Baccalaureate programs and improved student nutrition. However, Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, points out that the proposal comes at a time when school spending has been limited and some once routine expenses are now considered frills. The Philadelphia Inquirer (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Schools and Social Media 
  • Teachers seek professionally driven social networking
    Facebook remains a popular social-networking site for teachers in their personal lives, but for professional uses, teachers increasingly seek social networks tailored for educators, a recent survey shows. More teachers say they are joining sites such as edWeb and Edmodo, which aim to provide secure spaces for teachers to facilitate student learning and grow professionally. "A lot of teachers are on Facebook as general-population consumers," said Jessie Arora, founder of Teacher Square. "[But] they aren't on Facebook with their teacher hats on." Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Your Views 
  • Which statement best describes how your school or district is currently integrating technology into student learning?
Some teachers use tech tools as part of classroom lessons
Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum
Our school/district employs blended learning
Our school/district has a bring-your-own-device policy

Last Byte 
  • What principal-leaders should be doing in 2013
    As the role of the principal-leader continues to evolve, North Carolina elementary-school principal Steven Weber offers a checklist for principals in the new year. Among his suggestions in this blog post are that school leaders continually assess everything from student exams, professional development and their own decisions. He also suggests there be a focus on collaborating, implementing the Common Core State Standards, finding the school's next generation of leaders and using Twitter effectively. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin."
--Barbara Kingsolver,
American novelist, essayist and poet

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