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December 7, 2012
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  • Will online testing prompt schools to focus more on technology?
    Students who took national writing exams using computers reportedly fared better than those who wrote their answers by hand -- findings that some say could lead more schools to focus on digital literacy or implement one-to-one technology initiatives. Sue Gendron, of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, says schools should respond by adopting more classroom technology to ensure all students have equal access to its benefits, both on the testing side and later in the job market. Scholastic Administrator magazine (Late Fall 2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Why all students may not need tablets
    In this blog post, journalist Swati Prasad suggests that while there have been widespread efforts to introduce tablet computers in India's classrooms, the students in village schools -- not cities -- will benefit most from the technology. She finds that while there are drawbacks to using the devices in more connected schools in India's cities, tablets offer more opportunities and resources for students in rural villages. ZDNet (Asia)/Inside India blog (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Systems Management 
  • Why migrating to BYOD is a team effort
    More than two-thirds of workers in Europe and North America pick the mobile devices they use on the job, research shows, but enterprises planning to institute bring-your-own-device policies need to think beyond the simple logistics of making that possible, experts say. According to Forrester analyst Michele Pelino, transitioning to a bring-your-own-device plan requires close collaboration between infrastructure and operations teams and line-of-business decision makers, as well as a long-term plan that details desired goals and outcomes. InformationWeek (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • Lobbying effort mounts against potential federal education cuts
    Educators and education advocates have launched a lobbying effort against budget cuts that would follow federal sequestration. The effort includes teachers unions, school boards, colleges, and primary- and secondary-education systems. "The stakes are so very high,” said Mary Kusler, director of government relations for the National Education Association. "We are going to keep pushing and pushing. We are willing to do whatever it takes to keep the students, teachers and families who will be affected by these cuts front and center in the minds of Congress." TheFiscalTimes.com (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Duncan: Connected educators find success, challenges
    The connected educator movement may be relatively new, but it has great potential to guide the future of professional development for teachers, Education Secretary Arne Duncan writes in this blog post. He also writes about the challenges faced, including the need for online professional learning to count toward professional development and for there to be greater support for online social learning and problem solving among teachers. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Last Byte 
  • Photos launched into space as record of human history
    Trevor Paglen, a photographer who holds a doctorate in geography from the University of California, Berkeley, selected photographs to be sent into space as a lasting record of human history. "Making images for the distant future might be akin to making cave paintings for the future," he said. Paglen chose the photos, which were launched into space on a satellite in November, after gathering input from experts in a range of fields. Weather.com (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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