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December 21, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Educator: Teaching students how to conduct online research is a must
    Having students learn how to find the right information quickly and efficiently online is an important responsibility of 21st-century teaching, educator Terry Heick writes in this blog post. Heick describes how search engines, such as Google, work and explains the need for teachers to help students find the right search terms for their projects. "And finding the right information at the right time can be as challenging as finding just the right word for a poem or the right song for an occasion," Heick writes. Edutopia.org/Terry Heick's blog (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
eLearning 
  • Maine students get instant feedback on math homework
    Instead of having to wait until the next day to find out if they completed their math homework correctly, middle-school students at about 40 schools in Maine receive immediate feedback via a new online computer program. The program -- ASSISTments -- tells students if they've reached the right answers and can provide hints to help students who struggle with a particular math problem. It also collects data, including percentages of correct responses and the amount of time it takes students to complete an assignment. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Cloud skills gap hard to bridge, analysts say
    The need for experts in the growing field of cloud computing will significantly outpace the market's ability to produce them, according to a report from IDC that estimates demand will exceed supply by at least a factor of six. "Unlike IT skill shortages in the past, solving this skills gap is extremely challenging, given that cloud brings a new set of skills, which haven't been needed in the past," said Cushing Anderson, program vice president at IDC. "There is no one-size-fits-all set of criteria for jobs in cloud computing." CIO.com (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • Domestic IT industry would be crushed by "fiscal cliff" fall
    A tumble over the "fiscal cliff" will have far-reaching effects on the U.S. tech sector, according to a new analysis by the industry association CompTIA that projects mass layoffs and $66 billion in federal IT spending cuts for the fiscal year if Republicans and Democrats don't reach a budget deal. The U.S. government spends about $80 billion a year on IT, and an ongoing federal data center consolidation effort may be among the projects that would take a direct hit from sequestration. Computerworld (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Schools and Social Media 
  • Rumors of school violence spread on social media
    Rumors on social media websites warning of violent incidents at schools related to the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, along with doomsday predictions, led schools in Delaware to beef up security. State troopers were dispatched to schools, and police who investigated the claims said they were unfounded. The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Principal of Newtown High School tweets words of comfort
    Charles Dumais, principal of Newtown High School in Connecticut, is using social media, such as Twitter, and blogs to help promote perseverance in the wake of the shooting in his district that has rattled the nation. "I know that you are tired," he wrote in a recent article. "I know that you are emotionally drained and don't know if you have the energy to go on. I know that you are afraid of how you feel, how you don't feel, how you might feel, and how others feel. We all do (including me), each in a unique way that, unfortunately, is hard to predict or anticipate. Each day will test us." New Haven Register (Conn.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • The importance of teaching students social awareness
    The holiday season's traditions of remembrance and giving thanks offer excellent opportunities for students to become aware and concerned about the world around them, writes David Penberg, an urban and international educational leader. In this blog post, he writes about the need to discuss events, such as Superstorm Sandy, with students, and includes a list of themes that would be appropriate to study with students. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
SmartQuote 
I do not want to live in paradise; this world is enough, so broken and so full of promise."
--Pam Durban,
American writer

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