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November 26, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Tablets take off in the classroom
    While the integration of technology in the classroom has been slow, there are signs that the adoption of tablets in K-12 education is speeding up, according to this analysis. As the tablet computer becomes more commonplace in schools, the market for tablets is growing increasingly crowded with the Nook, Kindle, new Microsoft Surface and other devices competing with the popular iPad. However, while the tablet is being touted as a key to improving education, outcomes have been mixed for devices such as the netbook, which created similar excitement in the past. Digital Trends (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Teachers transform smartphones into learning tools
    Teachers should integrate smartphones into daily classroom instruction, suggests teacher Jennifer Carey. In this blog post, Carey writes about how her students use smartphones to complete in-class polls, as e-readers for books and handouts, to do research and to conduct Google searches. "If teachers actually direct how students will use their cellphones in class as learning tools, we can minimize their role as a distractive presence," she writes. Powerful Learning Practice (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How teachers' connections can support classroom learning
    Teacher Michele L. Haiken in this guest blog post suggests three steps that new teachers can take to make connections outside of the classroom to support teaching and learning. Among the steps are to develop a Personal Learning Network by making online connections and joining professional organizations. Haiken's other tips include exploring digital citizenship with students and developing projects that utilize teachers' networks. M. Dabbs' blog (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Wash. district creates data system to find at-risk students early
    Spokane Public Schools in Washington has developed its own data-analysis system. Called the Early Warning System, it uses students' attendance, discipline referrals and assessment scores to identify students, as early as elementary school, who are at risk for dropping out. Once students are flagged, teachers can use the data to offer appropriate interventions, such as extra assistance in reading or math, to help bring students' skills up to grade level. The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Did the federal investment act help failing schools?
    The $3 billion included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to improve schools has had mixed results, with about two-thirds of schools showing gains in reading and math after receiving the grants, according to a report released last week. The government report, which officials expect to expand in January, found that about one-third of schools performed worse after the grants were awarded. The Washington Post (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • A guide to Twitter for educators
    Educators are increasingly using Twitter to connect and share resources and insight, according to Amy Erin Borovoy, Edutopia's digital media curator. In this blog post, she offers resources to help teachers use Twitter in the classroom. Included are tips for educators new to Twitter, hashtag basics and ideas about what teachers should post. Erin Borovoy's blog (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Video game encourages students to eat right, exercise
    Beginning in the spring, health educators in some Sacramento, Calif., schools are expected to begin testing a video game designed to encourage healthy eating and fitness among students. Students who play the game will find that their avatar grows stronger when they log more real-life physical activity and make healthy nutritional choices, such as skipping dessert. United Press International (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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