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November 14, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Teacher turns flipped instruction on its head
    A middle-school teacher in Amherst, N.Y., has adopted the flipped instructional method -- with a twist. Rather than creating instructional videos for his students, Rob Zdrojewski has his students use screencasting technology to create instructional videos for teachers. In the videos, which serve as professional development for teachers, students offer instruction on technology, such as using Gmail and Google Drive. Each video is 90 seconds or less. T.H.E. Journal (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Students who are nonverbal learn to communicate with iPads
    Over a three-year period, students with autism, who are nonverbal, increased their attention span up to five minutes by using free and low-cost mobile applications on iPads and other tablet devices to communicate with teachers and peers. Students used the apps to point to pictures and words to communicate ideas ranging from what snack they wanted to answering "yes" and "no." Some critics warn that such devices are a good starting point but could further isolate children who already struggle to socialize. The Toronto Star (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • How clouds are making IT's role more application-focused
    Cloud computing is bringing big changes to the role IT departments play within a business, as IT's job no longer is a matter of hardware and server systems. Going forward, it's going to be all about supporting applications and services and working with developers to build, operate and coordinate use of such tools, writes James Urquhart. GigaOm (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Mich. district purchases software to manage school meals
    A Michigan school district plans to use a software program to allow families to upload money for school meals to an account, which students can draw from while at school. The school board approved $13,037 for the purchase of the Magic Meal Corp. software program this week. The program, which also allows families to track purchases online, sets limits on how much a student can spend on meals each day. The initial cost includes training for school nutrition professionals. (Michigan) (free registration) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • High-school play attacks social media
    High-school students in Virginia are performing a play "Brave New World" to voice important messages about social media. The play attacks an overabundance of social media and stresses the importance of forming relationships outside of such sites. "It's just a really good message to warn you about technology is great, and it's a wonderful thing, but don't let it consume you. Don't forget about your emotions and being a human," said Alex Oakes, the stage manager. WHSV-TV (Harrisonburg, Va.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • 7-year-old uses Facebook to convince parents to get a cat
    A Massachusetts man told his 7-year-old son that he'd buy him a pet cat if he earned 1,000 "likes" for a Facebook photo expressing his desire for a feline companion. The boy's heartfelt message went viral, earning more than 100,000 "likes," and the boy is now the owner of a kitty named Hairietta L. Pawturr. ABC News/Parenting blog (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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