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January 11, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • Using technology to help students apply what they've learned
    There are digital tools that can help achieve the goal of educational transfer, writes Kristen Swanson, an education consultant. Educational transfer occurs when students are able to use what they've learned in the classroom in new, real-life situations, she writes in this blog post. She also offers three goals for the new year, including the use of less text when designing and consuming multimedia. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How can schools improve computer education?
    Recognizing the need to bolster the number of highly skilled workers to support the technology industry, Steve Vinter, engineering director at Google and chairman of the Tech Hub Collaborative's talent working group, is working alongside teachers and other industry leaders in Massachusetts to address computer science jobs and education. He suggests schools take steps such as adopting computer science standards and new requirements for teachers. BostInno (Boston) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • High-tech lunch-line payment system saves time, money
    School nutrition professionals in a Massachusetts district say they are pleased with the newly installed NutriKids system, which allows students to pay for school meals with a pin number and card. Staff said the new system saved time they once spent handling charge slips and cashing out registers. Officials also said school-meal revenue has increased $30,000 this year since the system was installed. Milford Daily News (Mass.) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Common core requires school-technology upgrades
    School districts nationwide are preparing for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. That includes the transition to online testing in many cases that officials say will require additional investment in infrastructure and technology. In one school district, information-technology professionals say they are focused on providing the necessary technology now and believe they can add bandwidth as needed once the program is in place. EdTech magazine (Winter 2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • U.K. schools' deal with Microsoft is expected to save millions
    The United Kingdom has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with Microsoft that will secure improved discounts and licensing terms on Microsoft's academic software for all schools. "Schools spend a significant amount on software licensing," said Education Secretary Michael Gove. "Through this new agreement we can make sure more money goes on frontline teaching." Computerworld UK (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Schools and Social Media 
  • Online-learning trend continues to grow
    Educators in Ohio increasingly are using technology in the classroom and some have even started teaching courses online. While they say they do not expect the high-tech teaching methods to replace traditional instruction, they do expect the trend to continue and even grow. In some cases, schools have adopted blended-learning programs, in which students take some courses in traditional classrooms and do the remainder of their learning online. The Cincinnati Enquirer (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Your Views 
  • Which tech tools most effectively engage students in your classroom, school or district?
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Last Byte 
  • D.C. school sets out to extend reach of STEM education
    Educators at a science, technology, engineering and math high school in the District of Columbia are working to ensure students in the Title I school have access to an education that focuses on STEM careers. School officials say their program offers students another way to learn about math and science and ensures students have access to teachers with experience in STEM industries. PBS (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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