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November 30, 2012
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  • The keys to successful blended-learning programs
    Experts advise school districts that there are a few keys to successful implementation of blended-learning programs. To begin, teachers should fully understand what blended learning is and what its goals are. Successful programs also have included a focus on professional development and training for teachers, integrating high-quality resources and ensuring school networks can properly handle the traffic, they suggest. eSchool News (free registration) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
eLearning 
  • What is the correct way to use classroom technology?
    When it comes to using technology in the classroom, there is a right way and a wrong way, writes high-school English teacher Nicholas Provenzano. In this blog post, he writes that the wrong way is to consider how to build a lesson around technology. Instead, he writes, educators should build their lesson plans and then consider how technology could be added to help reach learning goals. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
  • Fla. high school among 4 in world piloting online IB program
    Booker High School in Sarasota, Fla., is one of four schools in the world participating in a pilot International Baccalaureate program that has students take online courses with instructors and classmates in various parts of the world. A small group of students are taking online classes -- including Chinese, economics, film or psychology -- with instructors in other locations. The other participating schools are in Japan, Michigan and Switzerland. Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Systems Management 
  • Can IT departments do more to embrace mobile technology?
    As mobile technology becomes increasingly more popular in and out of the classroom, IT departments at some colleges are struggling to keep up, according to a 2011 study by EDUCAUSE. In many cases IT departments are still unsure how to support the ever-growing field of mobile users, the study found. In addition, some colleges say the investment in mobile applications is too great at this time, and they have decided to watch the market and wait. EdTech magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • Study: States spend about $1.7B annually on testing
    States spend about $1.7 billion each year on standardized testing -- or an average of $65 per student -- according to a recent report that analyzes data from 44 states and the District of Columbia. That amounts to about a quarter of 1% of total spending on K-12 education, according to the Washington-based Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. Data also show the District of Columbia spends the most on standardized testing per student, at $114, while New York spends the least, at $7 per student. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Schools and Social Media 
  • Survey: Many Australian teachers reject social media
    Teachers in Australia using social media in the classroom appear to be the exception rather than the rule, according to a recent survey that found 72% of teachers believe students should not have access to such sites at school. Among their concerns were that students could be subjected to cyberbullying and that interaction between teachers and students online could cause problems. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • App helps visitors navigate Arlington National Cemetery
    A mobile application called ANC Explorer helps visitors sort through information on graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, including by name, date of birth and date of death, and to get graves' locations. The app also offers photos of headstones, maps routes through the cemetery and identifies nearby points of interest. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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--Lou Reed,
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