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November 12, 2012
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Head of the Class 
 
  • Are there drawbacks to iPad textbooks?
    As the three top textbook publishers -- Pearson, McGraw-Hill and HMH -- move slowly into the iPad textbook market, several questions remain about growth in the sector. Teachers using digital textbooks on iPads say they and their students are enthusiastic. Some, however, question whether the size of the textbooks is too large for iPads and whether they take up too much bandwidth. Some also question whether the digital textbooks' reliance on streaming could be an issue during an outage. T.H.E. Journal (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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eLearning 
  • Nook e-readers replace textbooks in Ohio school
    A Cincinnati school has purchased 1,200 Nook Color e-readers to replace traditional textbooks. Officials say students at the school, which includes grades seven through 12, will be able to take the devices home, ensuring they have mobile access to academic resources. Officials say the Nooks will be less costly than traditional textbooks and help schools update texts more frequently. However, they also are worried about the potential for theft. The Cincinnati Enquirer (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Schools face challenges in adopting blended learning
    In this blog post, Michael Horn, co-founder of the nonprofit think tank Innosight Institute, writes about the challenges of adopting blended learning, including the failure of online-learning technology to keep pace with districts' changing needs. Schools that have adopted blended-learning programs generally do so in one of two ways, using one software provider to keep things simple or using several providers, which allows for more customization, he writes. Forbes (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
  • Why education conferences should go high-tech
    While educators increasingly are using technology in the classroom, education conferences may not be keeping up with the times, according to Tom Whitby, an adjunct professor of education. He writes in this blog post about a recent middle-grades conference, which he says largely relied on lengthy PowerPoint presentations to convey information -- the same approach used years ago. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Managing Budgets 
  • Fewer families are buying school photos
    Since 2001, the school portrait sales have fallen 2% -- a trend some attribute to the popularity of private photographers that allow students to express some individuality. That is bad news for schools that often depend on school photos for income. Some even hold photo days twice each year. USA Today (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Fla. teacher gains following for instructional videos
    Rob Tarrou, a high-school math teacher in Florida, has created instructional YouTube videos -- with titles such as "z-score Calculations & Percentiles in a Normal Distribution" -- that have drawn about half a million views from more than 100 countries. In addition, students in Tarrou's in-person classes are using his YouTube videos to reinforce classroom learning -- part of a trend toward flipped classroom instruction. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Last Byte 
  • Student developers hone their talents at Microsoft hackathon
    Microsoft's Wowzapp 2012 hackathon this weekend brought in 17,000 application developers, many of whom were students, to a global event matching the corporation's mentors with budding engineers. The goal was to help students learn more about the technical aspects of app development as well as the potential profits associated with this field. TechCrunch (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better."
--Mason Cooley,
American aphorist

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