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January 28, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • How to transform an old computer lab for the 21st century
    The Computer Information Systems Lab at Bentley University in Massachusetts recently was transformed from a remote "bat cave" into a 21st-century learning environment. Those involved say the successful transformation relied on documentation of the project and the use of social media for outreach. Officials also say the newly named CIS Sandbox operated much like a startup company would in generating interest and support for the new lab. EdTech magazine (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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  • Flipped instruction turns the tables on students
    More schools nationwide are adopting the flipped instructional model -- a trend driven by success stories and a tech-savvy generation of students, according to data from the Flipped Learning Network. California high-school math teacher Crystal Kirch records short instructional videos, which students watch at home, while class time is devoted to practicing what they have learned at home. "It's a huge transformation," Kirch said. "It's a student-focused classroom where the responsibility for learning has flipped from me to the students." The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.)/The Associated Press (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • CIOs to confront increasing role of digital tech in 2013
    Digital technology is becoming a dominant force in the development of next-generation business models, but enterprises have yet to realize more than half of its full potential, according to a 41-nation survey of more than 2,000 executives. The poll, conducted by Gartner, reveals an emerging dual leadership model in which chief information officers will be challenged to expand IT's strategic business role by applying mobile, Big Data, cloud and other technologies amid stagnant or shrinking budgets. eWeek (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • Grants help fund high-tech classroom lessons
    About 20 teachers in Richmond County, Va., recently were awarded $2,000 grants intended to help educators purchase technology to upgrade projects already under way or initiate new learning programs. Among those receiving grants were two elementary-school teachers, who initiated the Roots Across the Curriculum program, using flashcards and PowerPoint presentations to teach Greek and Latin root words to fourth-grade students. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Fla. district boosts social media presence, training after tragedy
    School district leaders in Pasco County, Fla., recently received training in social media since the spread of online rumors following a student's suicide. Educators also will receive better access to social media and have an increased presence on such sites, which might have helped school and district officials manage the spreading of online rumors. "We could have definitely managed it better," said Fivay High School principal Angie Stone. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Scientists use Shakespeare to explore DNA's storage capacity
    Scientists at the European Bioinformatics Institute used DNA to write out all 154 of William Shakespeare's sonnets and encode audio portions of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech to show the vast storage capabilities of DNA strands. Scientists say one gram of DNA is capable of holding more than a million CDs and could be a new way to digitally store massive amounts of information for thousands of years. The Guardian (London) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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