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January 3, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • 5 tips for districts transitioning to 21st-century learning
    Veteran educator and consultant Jonathan P. Costa Sr. in this commentary shares five strategies to help districts transition to a bring-your-own-device and digital-learning ­environment. He suggests avoiding surprises by engaging parents before BYOD programs are enacted. He also recommends developing infrastructure beforehand, not being bound to the "right device," not letting small issues detract from the end goal and starting the process now. EdTech magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
eLearning 
  • What role can STEM play in early education?
    Teaching elementary-school students how science and engineering concepts relate to real-world applications is just as important as building those students' reading and basic math skills, writes education consultant Doug Haller. In this blog post, Haller lists ways educators can incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into their elementary-school classrooms. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Some risks remain unaddressed with cloud computing
    Cloud computing is an attractive option because of its agility and lower costs, but executives need to be aware of related compliance risks, James Kaplan, Chris Rezek and Kara Sprague write. Companies need to make sure sensitive data is protected and that regulations regarding where certain data can be stored and who can access it are met. Unfortunately, public-cloud providers cannot provide all of the necessary assurances. "How to draft the required terms and conditions will remain an open question until litigation has identified the critical issues and legal precedent has been established for resolving those issues," Kaplan, Rezek and Sprague write. McKinsey Quarterly (free registration) (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Heating issue boils over in Mass. district
    Last winter, officials in a Massachusetts school district installed a new heating-control system that allows temperatures in classrooms to be controlled centrally. Now, however, officials are asking that individual classrooms have control over room temperatures after reports that some are too hot or too cold. The current heating system was installed through the city's energy-savings performance contract with Ameresco Inc. The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Is technology being used against teachers in Scotland?
    With the increased popularity of social-networking websites and mobile devices has come the increased use of such devices to attack teachers, says Margaret Smith, president of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association. Smith recently described how technology is sometimes used to target and ridicule teachers and said greater discipline is needed for students who commit such acts. Yahoo/The Press Association (U.K.) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Could 3D printing put an arsenal at your fingertips?
    Three-dimensional printing passed from high-tech novelty to emerging reality in 2012, but the prospect of creating any object you want without any oversight poses a range of ethical and legal dilemmas. As this photo slideshow illustrates, enterprising hobbyists spent the past year designing and printing various complex and potentially deadly objects, including plastic "brass knuckles," firearms and a key that can open handcuffs. Popular Science (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words."
--Alfred Adler,
Austrian medical doctor and psychotherapist

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