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January 10, 2013
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  • How to develop lessons for bring-your-own-device programs
    As a growing number of schools adopt bring-your-own-device programs -- bringing a slew of unique devices into the classroom -- one expert is offering tips to help teachers craft lessons that are device neutral. Ron Milliner, director of the Kentucky Academy of Technology Education, says teachers should incorporate BYOD into existing lessons while not worrying so much about the actual devices. Students, Milliner said, will find the applications they need and collaborate to provide technical support. T.H.E. Journal (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Introducing Read & Watch books from Stenhouse. Online professional books enhanced with video, audio, and other media—interviews, classroom video, tutorials, student work, external links, and more—accessible from any browser. 3 titles now available: Word Travelers, Reading Amplified, and Digitally Speaking. Click here now to preview!
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  • NBA-themed math curriculum takes learning to the courts
    Students who would rather talk basketball than math can do both with NBA Math Hoops, a set of materials and lesson plans that incorporate professional basketball into math instruction. Activities play out in a two-on-two format and include basketball-themed features such as timed competitions that simulate a race against the shot clock. BostInno (Boston) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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To learn well, children need to move!
Energizers! 88 Quick Movement Activities That Refresh and Refocus, K-6 offers playful, 2- to 3-minute activities that keep children ready to learn. Includes active energizers, relaxers, songs, chants and silent energizers, with tips for weaving energizers into your school day. Read samples and view video clips.
  Schools Today 
  • Are school computer labs good or bad?
    There are pros and cons to teaching in a school computer lab, writes Mary Beth Hertz, a K-8 technology teacher in Philadelphia. In this blog post, she writes that labs give each student access to a machine, allow for focused computer-literacy instruction and are a good solution for cash-strapped schools. However, the typical lab layout can be a problem, plus computer labs take technology out of the classroom and turn it into a shared resource, which limits access, she writes. Beth Hertz's blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A new chapter for school textbooks
    Educators in a South Carolina district say they've recently discovered some changes in the available inventory of textbooks. The district, which went several years without purchasing new books because of tight budgets, discovered that the latest textbooks offer interactive features and most materials, such as worksheets, tests and tutorials, are available online. This allows students to access course materials from home. Aiken Standard (S.C.) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Professional social networks are a priority for educators
    Facebook remains a popular social-networking site for teachers in their personal lives, but for professional uses, teachers increasingly seek social networks tailored for educators, a recent survey shows. More teachers say they are joining sites such as edWeb and Edmodo, which aim to provide secure spaces for teachers to facilitate student learning and grow professionally. "A lot of teachers are on Facebook as general-population consumers," said Jessie Arora, founder of Teacher Square. "[But] they aren't on Facebook with their teacher hats on." Education Week (premium article access compliments of (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • N.C. board considers allowing virtual charters to operate
    The North Carolina State Board of Education is expected to vote today on whether to allow public-school students to enroll in online charter schools operated by for-profit companies. Such proposals have been controversial nationwide and in the state, where some are concerned about transparency and what could happen if public funds are directed away from traditional schools and into the virtual schools. At least two companies have sought to start enrolling students in 2014. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

In her new DVD Talk to Me English teacher Cris Tovani invites your staff into her classroom to observe 14 individual and 5 group conferences where she differentiates instruction by listening to, learning about, and connecting with her students. Click here now to view two conferences from the DVD!

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