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February 27, 2013
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5 iPad applications that can replace classroom supplies
While back-to-school shopping season is still months away, instructional technology specialist Andrew Marcinek suggests that many traditional items can be replaced by purchasing an iPad for students. He suggests that note-taking be done on the Notability application, and that students use Haiku Deck to help build presentations. Other recommended applications include Edmodo, ShowMe and Google Drive, which helps students archive their work. Edutopia.org/Andrew Marcinek's blog (2/26)
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High-school students learn to write code for mobile apps
A high-school student in Illinois helped launch a computer science club -- Hello World -- in which students develop mobile applications. The club's 30 members rely on Team Treehouse resources for instruction. "It's exciting because each student can study at their own pace," faculty adviser Tesa Edwards said. "If they need to, they go back and study a video again until they get it." Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/27)
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
Systems Management
Should school bus drivers be allowed to use cellphones?
School bus drivers in Nebraska would be prohibited from using cellphones while their vehicles are in motion under legislation being considered by state lawmakers. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia currently have such bans in place. The legislation was introduced after a resident said she was concerned that it appeared a school bus driver was distracted while looking down at a cellphone. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (2/26)
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Managing Budgets
AmeriCorps program aims to boost graduation rates, revenues
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Monday a program in which AmeriCorps members would be dispatched to 60 of the country's most severely struggling schools in an effort to reduce dropout rates. AmeriCorps members participating in the three-year, $15 million program also will work to improve student achievement and help put students on the path to college. The announcement comes after the release of a report showing the devastating economic impact high-school dropouts have on communities, including the annual loss of $1.8 billion in tax revenue. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/25)
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Schools and Social Media
Sandy Hook donations fund is criticized on social media
The daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in December's tragic shooting, is using social media to ask that donations be distributed to the victims' families. At issue, Cristina Lafferty-Hassinger says, is that the United Way of Western Connecticut is asking families to offer "proof of hardship" before they receive funds. A representative from the organization said she was unaware of the concerns. New Haven Register (Conn.) (2/26)
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Scientists discover lost micro-continent of Mauritia
A land mass under the Indian Ocean islands of Reunion and Mauritius was once a micro-continent that was created by the separation of tectonic plates when Madagascar split from India millions of years ago. Scientists speculate that the continent, dubbed Mauritia, was formed 60 million years ago by the same volcanic plumes that helped create the Indian Ocean. Our Amazing Planet (2/25), TG Daily (2/25)
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Vision K-20 Survey
SmartBrief is proud to partner with SIIA yet again to promote the Vision K-20 Survey. For the sixth year, educators and administrators have the opportunity to take a short, online survey to evaluate their current use of technology and digital learning. Take this quick 15 minute survey to see how your classroom, school and district compare to your peers, and to the Vision established by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and our partner education leaders. Participants will receive their progress report and a free copy of the 2013 Vision K20 survey report outlining the nation's digital learning progress, as well as a chance to win one of twenty $25 Amazon gift cards.
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