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January 16, 2013
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  • Should homework assignments integrate social media?
    Some students in New Jersey say social media, text messages and other technology can distract them from getting their homework completed after school. Shawna Bu Shell, an educational-technology professor at Rowan University, is training more teachers to be creative when integrating social media into the curriculum. "If a teacher is good at designing homework and is willing to integrate social media, then students won't be sneaking, trying to use it," Bu Shell said. Courier-Post (Camden-Cherry Hill, N.J.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

A must-have book for primary teachers just got better. In the revised edition of Reading with Meaning, Debbie Miller adds new planning and assessment tools, updated "go-to" children's book titles, and FAQs. Follow Debbie through an entire school year as she models the kind of decision-making increasingly demanded by new standards. Preview the entire book!
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  • Minn. school's team approach yields higher passing rate on state test
    Students at Chatfield High School in Minnesota who do not pass the state's standardized math exam now have a team of teachers ready to help them master the material. The Math Data Team's approach includes courses such as Advanced General Mathematics and one-on-one assistance. School officials also are trying to increase student motivation by offering incentives such as extra time for lunch to those students who pass the exam. The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Data show more students graduating from high school
    Harvard University economist Richard Murnane's examination of data finds the country's high-school graduation rate, which has been flat for about three decades, is improving. In 2000, estimates show 77.6% of people between ages 20 and 24 had high-school diplomas -- less than the 83.7% he estimates earned a diploma in 2010. Murnane's research shows that the uptick in achievement was particularly sharp among African-American and Latino students, David Wessel writes in this blog post. The Wall Street Journal/Real Time Economics blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Why summer should be a season of learning
    School districts nationwide are encouraged to take advantage of time over the summer to offer innovative learning programs for students -- especially those who are at risk -- and help them as well as teachers prepare for the Common Core State Standards. Gary Huggins, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, writes in this opinion article about the benefits of using the summer months wisely, such as curbing summer learning loss and preventing drops in test scores. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • A do-it-yourself approach to professional development
    School leaders should abandon the traditional professional-development model in favor of more user-generated learning, writes Lyn Hilt, an elementary-school principal and technology integrator/coach. That approach, Hilt writes in this blog post, includes learning that has active curation, reflection and contribution, as educator and founding member of Edcamp, Kristen Swanson, describes in her book, "Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator's Guide to User-Generated Learning." Powerful Learning Practice (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Tablets to replace textbooks under NYC official's plan if elected mayor
    A New York City councilwoman has proposed replacing textbooks in the city's schools with tablet computers. In announcing her plan as part of her campaign to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the school system spends about $100 million on textbooks -- enough to provide tablets for all of the city's students. She said educators then could rely on some open-source, free material to supplement printed material in class. Daily News (New York) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat."
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