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March 20, 2013
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Helping students connect using Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts offers educators various opportunities to integrate the technology into classroom lessons, writes Andrew Marcinek, an instructional technology specialist in Boston. In this blog post, Marcinek writes about a recent project in which his students presented projects over Google Hangouts -- allowing them to broadcast their work to a wider audience, encouraging more feedback. Edutopia.org/Andrew Marcinek's blog (3/19)
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eLearning
Ky. high school swaps textbooks for tablets
Eastern High School in Louisville, Ky., lightened the load of its 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students by issuing tablet computers loaded with textbooks and other educational tools. Social studies teacher Kristina Sauer said the 1,500 tablets help keep students engaged in school. "These are kids that will go into a workforce that expects them to be proficient with technology. These are students who will go to college and be required to do all of this online work," said school principal Lana Kaelin. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (tiered subscription model) (3/19)
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Systems Management
Virtual desktop infrastructure takes off in R.I., Kan. schools
Virtual desktop infrastructure is used in Rhode Island to allow students to access educational software from labs, classrooms and elsewhere. Eventually, officials say, the goal is for students to be able to access the resources from home. For some, virtual desktop infrastructure is seen as a way to better deploy bring-your-own-device programs, and a district in Kansas has successfully used VDI to cut costs and lengthen the life of their computers and other technology. EdTech magazine (3/2013)
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Flipped teaching comes to professional development for educators
The flipped instructional model is being incorporated into professional development for teachers, said Nicole Tucker-Smith, a former principal in Baltimore County, who described the system at the recent ASCD conference. Educators began creating LessonCasts, or teacher-created videos, with short voice recordings in which they explain a particular teaching strategy, education reporter Liana Heitin writes in this blog post. The recordings are typically accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation or a video, which teachers watch and listen to at home, Tucker-Smith said. Education Week Teacher/Teaching Now blog (3/19)
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Managing Budgets
School security cameras could drive up N.Y. district's budget
Officials in the Williamsville, N.Y., school district are considering whether to raise taxes by more than 4% to pay for security cameras for schools. Under one proposal, the district would fast-track spending on the installation of 98 cameras -- at a cost of $284,171 -- requiring taxes to be raised by 4.26%. The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (3/20)
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Schools and Social Media
Students turn to social media for confessions
An emerging trend in social media is the popularity of so-called Facebook confession pages, in which high-school and college students post anonymous confessions. The pages are unofficially tied to schools, and some teachers, law enforcement officials and others say they are concerned about the pages, which at times reveal inappropriate and even illegal confessions. Others, however, say the anonymous posts offer a type of therapy for students. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (3/18)
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Last Byte
Poet Angelou encourages educators at ASCD conference
Educators were urged to persevere in the profession -- with sass, passion and humor, among other things, by poet Maya Angelou during her address at the ASCD 68th Annual Conference & Exhibit Show this weekend in Chicago. Angelou shared with attendees her gratitude for educators and told stories of how many of people influenced her throughout her life. Angelou asked the educators to be aware of the sacrifices others make, be grateful even during difficult times, and to have courage, Melissa Greenwood, SmartBrief's senior education editor, writes in this blog post. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/18)
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Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have."
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