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January 21, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • What educators should ask to further 21st century learning
    Educators should ask themselves 12 questions in order to further teaching and learning in the 21st century, writes David Penberg, an urban and international educational leader. Among the questions Penberg poses in this blog post: how to encourage students to think globally, how to leverage the power of the Internet and other technology, how to tap into all learners, and how to assure that schools and educational programs give students opportunities to connect with the world around them. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Display Size Makes a Difference in Classrooms
58% of students can't read content on a 70" flat panel*. When it comes to choosing the best display for your classroom, it is important that it's large enough so every student in the room can clearly read what's on it. Download this whitepaper to learn key factors for selecting the right display size.

*Leading 70-inch class 4k resolution flat panel in a 22' (width) by 27' (depth) classroom-style arrangement. When asked to copy down six short items of information from slides being displayed, 58% of students ages 12-22 copied at least one item incorrectly. Based on U.S. research conducted by Radius Research.
  • Are computer-based reading interventions effective?
    Principal Peter DeWitt considers the effectiveness of computer-based reading interventions in this blog post. He quotes reading expert Dick Allington and a national study to explore the issue of whether popular software programs have a significant impact on students' reading scores and what role such programs should play in the classroom -- instructional or supplemental. Education Week/Finding Common Ground blog (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Other News

"A must-have book for teachers who want to see more growth in their students' writing."Cris Tovani. A Closer Look offers quick, easy-to-use formative assessment strategies and tools to enrich your K-6 writing instruction. Includes online videos, teacher-to-teacher spotlights, and student work samples throughout. Preview the entire book!
Systems Management 
Managing Budgets 
  • New technology could reduce district's energy expenses
    A school district in New Jersey is considering whether to spend $8 million on technology expected to save the district 10% of the $2.5 million it spends annually in utility costs. Among the energy-saving purchases being considered are new boilers, refrigerators and automatic light controls. The Philadelphia Inquirer (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Is students' writing getting worse in the age of social media?
    With much of teenagers' writing today done on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook, professor David Abulafia, a historian at Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge, England, finds that students' writing skills have been severely diminished. "What they do write tends to be short messages in a sort of meta-language, with meta-spelling, on Twitter and Facebook," he said. "We have to recover a mastery of prose." The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Indian universities to begin offering cybersecurity degrees
    Indian universities will begin offering advanced degrees in cybersecurity following recommendations from a government task force. The National Security System task force was established in 2011 by the country's prime minister to advance strategies for boosting the nation's defenses. India's University Grants Commission is calling on colleges and technical schools to begin cybersecurity programs for undergraduates and post-graduates. The Times of India/Press Trust of India (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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