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September 11, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Survey: Teachers, parents agree on promise of education technology
    In a recent survey, 82% of teachers and a majority of parents said they believe more education technology would help students learn. The Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission also found that most believe the next decade will see more technology in the classroom. The survey also found that teachers and parents had similar attitudes about classroom technology and shared similar concerns regarding technology-related issues. Education Week/Digital Education blog (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Utah pilots computer science courses
    Utah education officials are piloting a more hands-on computer science course targeted at getting more teens interested and skilled in the area -- particularly girls and minorities. The Exploring Computer Science in Curriculum class is part of a project led by Westminster College and funded with a grant from the National Science Foundation. "It's important to actually engage the students and get them excited about the area because not enough of them are finding it exciting the way we're teaching it, the old way," said project leader Helen Hu. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How teachers are using mobile phones in classroom lessons
    In this blog post, teachers in the United Kingdom offer their advice for using mobile phones in the classroom. Jo Debens, a geography teacher, has students using phones to share videos, record homework and conduct fieldwork using GPS technology and other software. Meanwhile, a computer-science teacher is introducing students to possible careers by teaching them how to make mobile applications. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network Blog (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Educational websites for students
    Des Moines, Iowa, Capitol View Elementary School technologist Jason Lampe shares some educational websites he uses with students. Lampe writes about websites that teach through games. Students can improve their skills in areas including math, computer programming and spelling. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Sky is the limit for classrooms in the cloud
    Using cloud technology to transform traditional classroom lessons can both cut costs and improve engagement among students, according to a recent white paper on the subject. The technology, according to this article, gives teachers greater flexibility in their lessons and more power to adjust resources as needed. Lesson planning and execution also are made more efficient by the cloud and parents have a direct connection to classroom learning. (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Schools maintain investments in education technology
    Despite budget cuts, a recent survey finds that school districts have maintained their investment in education technology. The survey by the Software & Information Industry Association finds that schools are focused more on differentiated instruction and that while few respondents say their school's technology integration is ideal, some districtwide goals, such as improved broadband access, could be more attainable. blog (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Instagram is a hit with tweens
    Instagram has the same age restrictions as Facebook, but the application is becoming popular among underage mobile-device users, Michelle Meyers writes. At least a million teens reportedly visited Instagram during July, and studies show that posting videos and photos remains the most popular online activity for young Web users. The site's lower profile means tweens often can escape the parental surveillance they'd face on other social networks, Meyers writes. CNET (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Toys R Us unveils a tablet just for kids
    Toys R Us said it will enter the tablet fray with a model designed for children. The retailer, feeling pressure from discounters such as Target and online competitors such as Amazon, will sell the $149.99 Tabeo only at Toys R Us. The Wall Street Journal (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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