Common core app aids educators on the go
MasteryConnect's Common Core Standards application should be of great use to educators and students who want a convenient reference to just what those standards are, Katie Lepi writes. The app organizes the standards by grade level and course and, through a series of drop-down menus, gets to the standard requirement itself, providing detailed examples. Edudemic
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School districts find a better way to pay for software
Full-time-equivalent licensing is catching on among school districts that have found FTE helps cut costs, improve workflow and benefits teaching and learning. FTE uses head-count-based subscriptions for software, rather than a device- or user-based model. A California school district, for example, saves about 40% each year on software after transitioning to FTE, the district's director of technology said. EdTech magazine
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Chicago officials reveal plans to shutter 61 schools
Chicago city officials announced plans Thursday to cut costs by closing 61 city schools -- affecting 30,000 students who attend mostly low-performing, under-enrolled schools in primarily African-American neighborhoods. Officials say the move is expected to eventually conserve resources by creating a smaller school footprint and help chip away at next year's anticipated $1 billion deficit. Some critics, however, say they are concerned that displaced students will have to make longer -- and potentially more dangerous -- walks to school. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)
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Mass. officials monitor Twitter during testing season
As students in Massachusetts begin taking the English-language portion of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam this month, officials will be monitoring Twitter for examples of cheating. That includes looking for the hashtag for MCAS. Officials say they are being increasingly vigilant, after -- when monitoring Twitter last June during testing -- they discovered 10 students using the site during the exams. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)
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