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September 14, 2012
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Head of the Class 
 
  • Are schools doing enough to integrate technology in learning?
    More than half of U.S. teachers interviewed for a recent Dell survey said students are more proficient at using technology than they are. The survey, which evaluates digital learning in the U.S., China and Germany, shows the U.S. could do more in terms of using technology in the classroom. T.H.E. Journal (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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eLearning 
  • How teachers can plug into videoconferencing
    In this blog post, fourth-grade teacher Stephanie Bader suggests ways in which teachers can use videoconferencing in the classroom. She suggests using the technology to help connect students with subject-matter experts, professionals and other teachers and students they might not otherwise be in contact with. She also suggests several resources to help teachers initiate videoconferencing and recommends starting small. Powerful Learning Practice (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Systems Management 
  • Online courses to be part of new La. Course Choice program
    Louisiana is setting up a new educational choice program to allow students in low-performing schools or in schools with limited offerings to take courses -- virtual and in-person -- from multiple providers, ranging from tutoring companies to trade groups. Approved by the Legislature in April, the Course Choice program will redirect local and state education dollars to pay course fees for students, and several groups, including Sylvan Learning, already have applied to participate in the marketplace. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Cost of technology leads district to adopt BYOT policy
    A Virginia school district is experimenting with a bring-your-own-technology policy to help reduce expenses and improve instruction. Students are invited to use their own devices -- including iPads and smartphones -- in class. The school also has 50 iPads on hand for students who do not have their own technology. "With limited funds, you can't buy devices for every student to use," said principal Tony Francis. The News & Advance (Lynchburg, Va.) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • YouTube launches video contest for teachers
    YouTube has announced the start of a contest in which they will ask teachers to submit video lessons, and a panel of top online educators will select the best one. "The rise of online educational videos is giving learners access to the world's greatest thinkers and teachers, leveling the playing field for all," YouTube said in a blog post announcing the contest. "We believe that inspiring online educators can come from all walks of life, and we want to find the next generation of educational YouTube stars." TechCrunch (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
  • SchoolTube website highlights education videos
    Teachers and students looking for a place to share educational videos can turn to a free website called SchoolTube. The St. Louis-based site now has about 400,000 videos online. Featured videos include lessons on concepts such as the quadratic equations and a parody about school science-lab safety. Time.com/Techland blog (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Social networking reduces exercise time, study finds
    The amount of time students spend on social-networking sites reduces the amount of time they are active and exercising, according to research from the University of Ulster. Online surveys from 350 students also showed that Facebook users were less likely to play team sports. HealthDay News (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
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--Marian Wright Edelman,
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