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December 10, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Help wanted: Educational technology professionals for schools
    Schools should make hiring educational technology professionals a top priority, according to Caleb Clark, director of the educational technology program at Marlboro College Graduate School. Without such personnel, Clark writes in this blog post, schools' investments in education technology will not pay off. "In reality, schools need both IT and EdTech staff, and there needs to be a cooperative spirit between the two so that IT can focus on keeping technology safe and running and EdTech can focus on effectively integrating technology tools into the curriculum," he writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
What Does it Mean to Comprehend What One Reads?
When students understand what they read, they are applying a constellation of skills and strategies to interpret the text based on both the features of the text and their own knowledge. In this paper we discuss the building blocks of teaching reading comprehension. Download the Free Whitepaper
  • Should computer science have a place in the common core?
    Two education outreach professionals at Google say there isn't enough focus on computer science in the Common Core State Standards or the Next Generation Science Standards. Google's Maggie Johnson, director of education and university relations, and Jordan Lloyd Bookey, head of K-12 education outreach, in this blog post urge parents, educators and the public to learn more about the common core and advocate for a higher profile for computer science in the new standards. "Advancing our students' understanding of the principles and practices of computing is critical to developing a globally competitive workforce for the 21st century," they write. The Huffington Post/The Blog (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Other News

"Shows teachers how to bring history alive within their classrooms...a wonderful resource."Ken Burns. Take the Journey gives you engaging, classroom-tested lessons focused on the 180-mile National Heritage area from Gettysburg to Monticello. Use the teaching strategies to explore historical places in your own community. Preview the entire book!
Systems Management 
  • More schools take out insurance policies on technology
    As more schools in Minnesota distribute technology, such as iPads, to students, officials say they are looking for ways to protect their investment. Some school districts are taking out insurance policies on technology, and in some cases are asking parents to pay for the coverage. In one district, parents who opt out of the insurance offer are required to pay for devices that are damaged. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • Cost of digital mandates a concern in Fla. district
    Officials in a Florida school district say they are concerned about the cost of complying with state mandates regarding digital learning. In the district -- which enrolls primarily low-income students -- officials say it will be a challenge to ensure that students have access to technology at home. Officials are considering partnering with local libraries as one solution. The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • How to use Twitter to improve education
    Blogger George Couros writes in this post that Twitter can in some cases improve education. The tool is particularly effective when educators use it to learn from others and as part of their efforts to be lifelong learners, Couros writes. However, teachers who join Twitter simply for the sake of joining may not get the same benefits, he warns. Connected Principals blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Last Byte 
  • Readers offer ideas on education technology
    Some readers who responded to a recent SmartBrief on Education blog post on education technology agreed with Nicholas Provenzano's opinion that technology does not have to be a part of every classroom lesson and that teachers should consider the lesson first and then the tool that would add to it. Others questioned him, saying that is not always the case. "I agree that many great lessons do not need technology. ... However, it needs to be recognized that technology makes some great lessons possible that were unthinkable before," one commenter wrote. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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