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November 9, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Students get real-world tech experience without leaving school
    As classrooms, media centers and schools in general become more equipped with new technology, the need for skilled technology support is even greater. The program Generation YES (Generation of Youth and Educators Succeeding) is training an available and eager workforce: students. "In many of our schools, the students work one-on-one with a teacher who has a project that they're going to integrate in their class," explains Sylvia Martinez, president of GenYES. "Our curriculum teaches the student a number of things: the project process, project planning, mentoring ... speaking to an adult. This is not just about technology skills." T.H.E. Journal (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Complete, Online Writing and Grammar Curriculum
New from Zaner-Bloser: Meet 100% of the Writing and writing-related Language Common Core State Standards with Strategies for Writers—now available in a completely digital format! Tour our virtual classroom today to view and interact with free samples and to learn about the all-digital program option, the Strategies for Writers Online Writing Center.
  • Educator offers advice for teachers just getting started on Twitter
    Educator Bill Ferriter offers tips in this blog post on how teachers should spend their first weeks on Twitter to build their network faster. Among his suggestions are for teachers to use hashtags, which are short identifiers for conversations, in their postings and use them to sort through, plus comment on, other teachers' messages. "Spend time each day and/or week sifting through the streams of messages being shared by people that you are following and find ways to lend a hand," Ferriter writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
Systems Management 
  • Md. district uses prime-time television to inform the public
    A Maryland school district is using television -- rather than the Internet -- to update the public on educational disparities and the achievement gap. The updates are required under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. Wanda Stansbury, co-chairwoman of the school system's OCR Advisory Committee, said the public has been receptive to the television shows. The Baltimore Sun (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
Schools and Social Media 
  • Should teachers and students text?
    The school board in an Oregon district is considering adopting a new policy that would seek to place limitations on the use of technology for teachers and students to communicate. The policy would discourage teachers and students from communicating via text and would require any communication after hours be professional and about school matters. Some, however, say the policy is vague and could be unreasonable given the widespread use of texting to communicate. Albany Democrat-Herald (Ore.) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
Ideals are like stars ... you choose them as your guides, and following them, you will reach your destiny."
--Carl Schurz,
German-born American statesman

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