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November 21, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • NYC expands online education following storm damage
    New York City officials have expanded online learning options to students affected by Superstorm Sandy to help them catch up after missing school or prevent them from falling behind. Under the program, more students will be eligible to enroll in online courses offered through the city's schools. With some students still without Internet access, officials suggest students log onto the system from local libraries. (New York) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

"Wakes us up and challenges us to infuse new life, depth, and joy into the warm-up segment of our math block."Lucy West. Number Sense Routines for grades 3-5 shows how routines like Today's Number, Quick Images, and Counting Around the Circle can help students learn to think in more sophisticated ways. Preview the entire book!
  • Integrating technology into the classroom
    When integrating technology, school administrators say the devices should be integrated seamlessly, with a focus on engaging students in lessons, writes high-school history teacher Meg Honey. In meeting this goal, teachers face some challenges, Honey writes, including a lack of resources and IT support. Diablo magazine (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Student engagement, communication improve after laptop rollout
    A Minnesota school distributed 235 MacBook Airs to seventh- and eighth-grade students in September, and educators say the technology already has improved instruction. Students say they use the devices daily and use digital copies of their textbooks. The laptop program, which is expected to be expanded, has improved communication among teachers and students, and helped keep students more engaged. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • La. district needs additional wireless access for schools
    The instructional technology director of a Louisiana parish is seeking to divert funds from electronic reading devices for students to expand wireless access in the district's middle and high schools. LaShona Dickerson said the access points are needed to support the district's existing technology and move forward with bring-your-own-device and e-reader programs. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Mich. district invests in technology
    The Flushing, Mich., district has adopted a three-year, $2.7 million plan to upgrade education technology that includes the distribution of 560 leased iPad2 devices. The district also has installed 70 wireless access points in schools. Officials say they are optimistic that the technology will help improve education in their schools and also have committed to training teachers to use the devices. (Michigan) (free registration) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • How social media can engage students in civics
    While social media had a heightened role in this year's election, Sarah Wade, a writer at SmartBrief, notes in this blog post that the overall effect appears to have been less engagement among young people. Wade writes about a new tool that could engage students while informing them about civics issues and could be used in the classroom -- iSideWith. Among other things, the online tool asks questions to determine political preferences. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Software tailors learning for needs of incarcerated youth
    An online adaptive-learning program is set to launch that would help incarcerated youth in 11 states catch up on class credits to re-enter high school or prepare for the equivalency exam, education reporter Jason Tomassini writes in this blog post. The software, SkillsTutor Power by Knewton, is designed specifically for this student population and is the result of a partnership between Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Knewton and the Consortium for Educational Excellence in Secure Settings. Education Week/Marketplace K-12 blog (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Thursday and Friday
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., SmartBrief will not be published Thursday and Friday. Publication will resume Monday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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