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September 25, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Report: Schools should go digital within 5 years
    A report released Monday by the State Educational Technology Directors Association suggests states and school districts should completely shift from print to digital resources in the next five years. In pointing out the benefits of digital educational resources, the association finds there are 22 states that already have adopted such resources. The association finds that digital resources will help districts cut costs and improve education. T.H.E. Journal (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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  • N.Y. school makes math gains after using more technology
    After an elementary school in New York began using technology to teach challenging math concepts, 68% of fourth-graders tested were considered proficient in math, up from 22% in 2011. These results sparked a jump in enrollment this school year, as more parents want to enroll their children in a school posting such gains. Daily News (New York) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Ind. high school focuses on technology, project-based learning
    Students attending Gary New Tech High School in Indiana learn in a technology-rich environment with a focus on project-based learning. Students develop digital storytelling projects, make movies, mix music and, in an upcoming assignment, will design homes at a former housing project. "Technology is the very important component that will open so many doors for successful careers that our students can relate to and enjoy," said Esther Goodes, principal of the two-year-old school. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Technology links schools across Europe
    Teachers in the United Kingdom are using the program eTwinning to connect their schools with other classrooms throughout Europe. One teacher says she has used the program -- which is managed in the U.K. by the British Council -- to allow her students in England to write to students in Turkey, Germany and Wales through a blog and as a tool to complete many international projects. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network Blog (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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Systems Management 
  • Cloud helps provide programs to students with special needs
    Students with special needs are among those benefiting from cloud computing, with one private company taking advantage of the technology to help provide alternative-education programs to about 12,000 students in 230 districts and 21 states. The company -- Education Services of America -- deployed Citrix cloud services and shifted to a virtual environment that allows students expanded access to programs and applications, and helped cut travel costs for its IT staff. (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Hands-on science in a digital world
Science education is no longer confined to the pages of a textbook. Students are interacting with science concepts through physical objects and digital platforms, and using this knowledge to solve real-world issues. Get insights for making this work in your classroom in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
Education Cartoon 
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Managing Budgets 
  • Ga. district steps up investment in technology
    A school district in Georgia is planning to invest millions of dollars in education technology. The Clarke County School District's plan includes the purchase of interactive whiteboards, iPads and netbooks, as well as the hiring of a technology coordinator. The district also plans to launch a data system that will use students' testing data to more accurately assess their individual learning needs. Athens Banner-Herald (Ga.) (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Teachers like security of Edmodo's social network
    Some teachers in South Carolina say they are increasingly using social media to improve instruction. That includes having a presence on Edmodo -- an education-focused social network -- along with Wikis and blogs. Teachers say they use Edmodo to post classroom assignments, share content and collaborate, and say they prefer Edmodo to more popular social-networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, because it is more secure. The State (Columbia, S.C.) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Last Byte 
  • Toddler apps could provide cognitive-development insight
    With the rise of children using tablets and applications for education comes some questions over their use. Lisa Guernsey, author of "Screen Time," argues that there's often a false dichotomy drawn between passive viewing and interaction. But 77% of parents maintain that tablets are beneficial to children and help their creativity, according to a infographic. And the use of apps by the very young could open up new vistas of knowledge into "how very young minds are understanding what they're touching on a screen and how it relates to real life," says Guernsey. FastCoExist (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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