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December 4, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Has the Internet harmed students' research skills?
    The Internet provides students with access to a wide range of information, but a new survey of teachers finds that many educators believe such technology has shortened students' attention spans and weakened students' research skills. At issue, according to some teachers surveyed by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, is that students could have difficulty determining which sources found by a Google search are credible, or become overwhelmed or discouraged from seeking additional resources. EdTech magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
What Does it Mean to Comprehend What One Reads?
When students understand what they read, they are applying a constellation of skills and strategies to interpret the text based on both the features of the text and their own knowledge. In this paper we discuss the building blocks of teaching reading comprehension. Download the Free Whitepaper
  • Digital citizenship goes beyond technical knowledge
    The stereotype that the current generation is made up of digital natives is dangerous, writes technology teacher Mary Beth Hertz. Instead, she suggests referring to them as "digital citizens" because of the prevalence of digital technology in their lives. However, Hertz writes, just because students know how to use a tablet computer does not mean they understand aspects of that citizenship, such as intellectual property rights and digital etiquette. Beth Hertz's blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Some schools in China launch literacy initiative
    Some Chinese schools have announced a new literacy initiative that officials say is needed to help curb the effects of students' technology habits. Now, schools have established standards for reading and writing in Chinese characters. "We want more schools and cities to join so we can promote our own language and culture and solve major problems in Chinese education," said Xu Dingbin, chief of the Wuhan Education Bureau. China Daily (Beijing)/Xinhua (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Businesses confront a changing cyberthreat landscape in 2013
    The proliferation of cloud and mobile technologies will create new security challenges for enterprises as they head into 2013, according to this survey of the emerging threat environment. Among other things, analysts expect hackers to dedicate more effort to targeting e-commerce on social networks as they seek to steal payment information and customer credentials through schemes such as phishing. Companies can also expect to see an increase in mobile malware and so-called ransomware, according to security firms Symantec and Websense. eWeek (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Education Cartoon 

"Shows teachers how to bring history alive within their classrooms...a wonderful resource."Ken Burns. Take the Journey gives you engaging, classroom-tested lessons focused on the 180-mile National Heritage area from Gettysburg to Monticello. Use the teaching strategies to explore historical places in your own community. Preview the entire book!
Managing Budgets 
  • Ill. high school invests in nanotechnology lab
    Officials in an Illinois school district are seeking grants to help pay for the installation of a nanotechnology lab, estimated to cost $800,000. The project will convert a multipurpose lab at a local high school into a nanotechnology lab that includes advanced equipment for studying science, technology, engineering and math. Officials say the project is unusual at the high-school level, where students typically do not have access to such advanced equipment. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Balancing students' right to free speech on Twitter
    Ken Paulson, president and CEO of the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn., in this opinion article writes that students' freedom of speech on Twitter and elsewhere on the Web should not be stifled by schools. Instead, students should be given the flexibility to express themselves online -- and to make their own mistakes and learn that "free speech is not free of consequences," Paulson writes. USA Today (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Teachers have a responsibility to inspire
    Teachers can likely trace their inspiration back to a particularly memorable educator, writes Tony Baldasaro, chief human resource officer of the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School in New Hampshire. While he was inspired to become an educator by Mr. Miller, his 10th-grade biology teacher, Baldasaro writes in this blog post that he now finds inspiration in others, including students, parents and fellow educators, and never forgets his own role as an inspirational figure. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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