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January 18, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • Poll: Classroom technology to be a key issue in 2013
    In this blog post, SmartBrief on EdTech Editor Katharine Haber shares the results of a recent poll in which readers predicted developments in education technology in 2013. The most significant issue this year is expected to be technology in the classroom, according to 33.88% of respondents. A majority also said teachers use technology tools as part of classroom lessons, and 40% of readers said applications and games have been most effective in engaging students. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
eLearning 
  • Why not let students use their smartphones for learning?
    Middle-grades educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron in this blog post suggests that schools should allow students to use the smartphones they are already bringing to class for learning. Even those students not otherwise seen as "responsible" are keeping track of their own devices at school, she notes. "If our job is to help bridge the gap between school life and real life, let's stop blocking students from using that which they already own, use, and respect," she writes. TweenTeacher.com (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Systems Management 
  • La. schools can sell unused computers to students
    Under a new state law in Louisiana, schools now have the option of selling unused computers to students. Previously, such technology had to be given to other state agencies or recycled. However, due to tight budgets, school technology supervisors say it will be less likely that computers will be pulled out of service and thus eligible for sale. "We basically use a computer until it's broken," said Ben Gautreaux, IT manager for Lafourche schools. "By the time we're getting rid of it, it's not just obsolete. It's usually not even functional." The Courier (Houma, La.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Utah teacher secures grant to support project-based learning
    An elementary-school teacher in Utah recently secured a $1,500 grant to purchase hands-on science technology aimed at improving student achievement. The funds from the 100% for Kids Credit Union Education Foundation -- which has donated $5 million to schools since 2002 -- are intended to help support inquiry-based instruction and project-based learning. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Schools seek to curb spread of rumors online
    Educators in Minnesota say that minor incidents increasingly are being blown out of proportion online, and rumors are spreading at a faster rate than ever before with the help of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Now, educators say they are seeking to harness social media in a positive way, to communicate true information about schools just as quickly. Minnesota Public Radio (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
SmartQuote 
If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep."
--Dale Carnegie,
American author and motivational speaker

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