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November 16, 2012
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  • 3 takeaways from the iPad Summit for educators
    More than 500 educators and experts from around the world recently attended the iPad Summit at Harvard Medical School, where the focus was on the use of the Apple tablet computer as an educational tool. Teacher Jennifer Carey blogged about her experience at the conference, which she called "one of the most innovative and exhilarating experiences I have had as an educator." Her three takeaways include that the iPad is just a tool, professional development must follow iPad integration plans and the device must do more than replace other systems such as laptops. Powerful Learning Practice (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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eLearning 
  • More teachers experiment with flipped instruction
    The concept of flipped instruction appears to be catching on in classrooms nationwide, as more teachers say their students are benefiting from the technique. In 14 Cincinnati-area schools, teachers -- including seventh-grade world history teacher James Zoller -- are experimenting with the technique. A recent survey on flipped instruction found that among teachers who have utilized it, most report increased student achievement. The technique, however, has drawn criticism from some who say not all students have equal access to technology at home. Cincinnati.com (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Tenn. district has long-term technology goals
    Officials in a Tennessee district say they plan to expand students' access to technology to work toward the goal of providing quality education to all students. In the long-term, the district is hoping to be able to provide electronic devices, such as the Galaxy and the iPad, which students can take home with them. In the meantime, officials say they are focused on funding options. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Managing Budgets 
  • Review finds millions wasted on unused technology in U.K.
    A review of technology use in United Kingdom schools finds that many teachers and schools -- attracted to the lure of education technology -- have purchased devices that are going unused. The charity Nesta conducted the review amid concerns over cuts to funding for schools. "The danger is that the technology of the 21st century is being applied using teaching methods of the 20th. The emphasis is too often on shiny hardware, rather than how it's to be used," said Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of the charity. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Schools and Social Media 
  • How are students younger than 13 using social media?
    Finding out how students younger than 13 years old use social media is challenging and the lack of research makes it difficult to manage younger students' use of social sites, according to "Kids Online," a report issued by The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. Most studies look at the usage of teens, whose habits can't be applied to younger students, in part because they are able to use adult sites such as Facebook. Children younger than 13 typically network through games, and sharing and creating projects online, the report found. School Library Journal (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Last Byte 
  • Making it as a woman in the world of tech
    Women make up a small percentage of executives at venture-backed companies, and in male-dominated industries, women can still face special challenges, Sandy Lerner says. After Lerner launched Cisco Systems with Len Bosack in the 1980s, some venture capitalists said the company would be unable to get funding with her as a founder. "I think that some things have changed [in venture capital], but there are some fundamental things that have not changed," Lerner said at a Women 2.0 conference. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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--Sara Teasdale,
American poet

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