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January 2, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • Do more schools need high-speed broadband services?
    Schools and cities nationwide are seeking to upgrade to ultrafast broadband Internet connections that offer gigabit-a-second speeds. The demand in schools for high-speed broadband reportedly is being driven in part by the growing popularity of bring-your-own-device programs, which have significantly increased bandwidth needs. The Wall Street Journal (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
eLearning 
  • New app aims to prepare Fla. students for year-end algebra exam
    High-school students in Florida must pass a year-end Algebra I assessment to graduate, and now they can access some extra help when getting ready for the test. The University of Florida and Study Edge have joined forces to create Algebra Nation, a free online application that includes instructional videos and supplemental material. The Gainesville Sun (Fla.) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Problem of parent engagement persists in the digital age
    Parents in Dallas now have access to ParentPortal -- a Web application that provides information about their children's grades, attendance and general performance, and is intended to bolster parents' engagement. However, officials say early results show that just 13% of parents have enrolled, and the district doesn't monitor how often parents sign on to the site. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Education is again on the edge of the "fiscal cliff"
    Widespread cuts to federal funding, including education, have been spared -- at least temporarily -- by a last-minute deal reached by federal lawmakers that, if signed by President Barack Obama, delays sequestration until March. However, the deal includes $6 billion in cuts to domestic programs, which could affect education. If signed into law, the delay means there will be fresh debate over potential spending cuts, as well as continued uncertainty for school districts. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Debate emerges over who should teach social media ethics
    With the increased popularity of social media have come more bullying, cheating and privacy concerns. Now, some are questioning whether schools -- where students learn many lessons in morality -- should include social media etiquette as part of the curriculum. Some, however, say teachers already have too much on their plates and that it is the responsibility of families to teach students moral and ethical lessons. Voxxi (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Establishing a needs-fulfilling classroom
    In a needs-fulfilling classroom, both the needs of the students and the teacher are met, writes teacher Chad Sansing. In this blog post, he writes that teachers in such classrooms give students more freedom and understand what the students consider fun, how they use power, how they relate to others and what they are scared of in order to better facilitate instruction. Needs-fulfilling classrooms also allow teachers and students to better work toward a common goal, Sansing writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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