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January 25, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • Using technology to upgrade your lessons
    Learning and engagement should be taken into consideration when upgrading lessons, education consultants Michael Fisher and Janet Hale write in their new book being published by ASCD, "Upgrade Your Curriculum: Practical Ways to Transform Units and Engage Students." In this blog post, Fisher writes about ways to upgrade technology and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, suggesting that teachers consider using visualization tool Smore and Piktochart, which helps create infographics, in their practice. MiddleWeb (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Can a 15-minute daily routine change your students' view of math? In Making Number Talks Matter Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker help teachers in grades 4-10 build students' confidence in their reasoning as they talk through problems in arithmatic operations, fractions, decimals, and more. Click here to preview the entire book!

  • Technology helps students develop critical-thinking skills
    Educators at a high school in South Dakota are using technology to help further students' critical-thinking skills. As part of that effort, teachers recently participated in training on how to use iPads in the classroom. Among other things, teachers have used the devices to create their own iBooks, and educators say that communication and learning have improved. KSFY-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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3 Critical Strategies to Boost Reading Proficiency
Research has shown that an effective prevention plan in grades K-2 can help increase third grade reading proficiency rates and prevent failure at upper grades. Read Lexia's whitepaper to learn how to balance the strategies of prevention and intervention to help students of all abilities succeed.

Systems Management 
  • School menus go mobile using smartphone app
    After noticing that most people -- including parents -- have access to a smartphone, Leigh Anne Peterson with the Oldham County, Ky., School Food Service, said she decided to replace paper menus with a smartphone application. Using the School Lunch By Nutrislice app, parents can view the complete school menu, including photos and descriptions of the food. WDRB-TV/WMYO-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Mich. lawmaker seeks equity in school funding
    All schools in Michigan would have equal per-pupil funding within 10 years under a joint resolution introduced by state Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. Currently, school funding ranges from about $7,000 per student in some districts to more than $10,000 per student in others, said Jones, who has introduced other proposals related to education funding. The resolution likely faces a difficult road to passage because it requires a change to the state constitution. (Michigan) (free registration) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Using the Internet to reach out to parents
    There are ways that teachers, administrators and other school staff can use social media to connect with parents, educator Lisa Nielsen writes in this blog post. Among the suggestions are to create a Facebook page and invite parents to "like" it, post positive school news on Twitter and create a blog that includes the answers to frequently asked questions. Schools also can post students' artwork on Tumblr, create a YouTube channel that allows parents to watch student plays, live-stream PTA meetings and morning announcements. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Video-game technology may play bigger role in STEM education
    Future engineers and urban planners may get their first introduction to those careers by playing video games at school now that SimCityEDU has developed a classroom version of the game for educators to teach students about various topics, including science, technology, engineering and math. SimCity maker Electronic Arts has plans to incorporate teacher feedback into the initiative, which also will be aligned with elements of the Common Core State Standards. Mashable (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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