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September 20, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Does the iPad have competition in schools?
    The iPad has been the go-to device for educators seeking to purchase tablets for students to use in the classroom. Now, however, many schools are opting to introduce the Kuno tablet, with 12,000 devices being deployed this month, according to the family-owned business. "We've literally had some school districts deploy over 3,000 devices without adding a single IT person," said JR Gayman, CEO of CurriculumLoft. "It's why we're getting the buy-in that we have, as we simplify the IT support and address the needs of every stakeholder." B2C Marketing Insider (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Marysville, Wash., middle-school students trade books for iPads
    The middle-school students of 10th Street School in Marysville, Wash., are adjusting to using iPads in place of school books, journals and planners. They are using the technology in core subjects such as math, and in elective courses such as music and art. This year, the school required that parents either buy iPads for their children, or that the students borrow one from the school district. (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Why create a STEM school?
    Brian Nicholls, who is developing a science, technology, engineering and math program for Newport News, Va., public schools, answers the question of why districts should establish programs focused on STEM. The current and future job market will require graduates with a STEM background, and the work students do during school will have a direct benefit as they launch their careers, he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • District's iPad policy: You break it, you buy it
    While distributing the latest batch of $500 iPads to students in a Wisconsin district, officials warned them they would be charged for the devices if they are lost or damaged. The district has provided 1,250 devices -- as well as protective cases -- for students and teachers. While younger students are instructed to keep their iPads at school, students in middle school and beyond are allowed to take the iPads home. Students say they are responsible enough to take good care of them. The Wausau Daily Herald (Wis.) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Report details use of 2009 stimulus funds
    States with higher needs and higher-performing students were the most likely to receive 2009 federal stimulus funds, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Education. The report seeks to assess whether the funding achieved the goal of improving academics in struggling schools. The findings were much different in the school district-level grants competition, where districts with low-performing schools and high-poverty students were likely to receive more funding. Education Week/Inside School Research blog (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Can social media improve schools' communication?
    Residents in a Massachusetts city recently discussed their desire for city and school officials to provide more information via social media. However, because of changing schedules among teachers and administrators, it is difficult to provide parents, community members and others with frequent updates. To help improve communication, one official discussed the need for a website and perhaps an on-staff social media specialist. Wicked Local/Melrose Free Press (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Del. teens learn Mars robotic lessons
    John Dickinson High School near Wilmington, Del., is training students in science, technology, engineering and math principles using a hands-on course in robotics. The students create robots and study NASA's Mars program in order to craft goals for their small-scale robots. The robotics class is part of the school's new focus on STEM, one that is capturing the interest of students. The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) (9/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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