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January 4, 2013
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  • Opinion: Schools should introduce computer science earlier
    Too many college students start taking computer science classes without having had much formal instruction in computer skills, Thinkersmith Executive Director Kiki Prottsman writes in this commentary. Given the role of computers in the workplace and in everyday life, it makes sense to encourage computational skills throughout a student's K-12 career and make computer science a fundamental part of the curriculum, she writes. The Huffington Post (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Group-messaging programs help teachers stay in touch with parents
    Former educator Katie Lepi highlights three group text-messaging and e-mail programs designed to help teachers communicate with parents and students outside the classroom. Several programs allow teachers to use their computer to send messages while keeping their personal cellphone numbers private, but some companies charge a fee for the service. Edudemic (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • What are the secrets to sustaining school tech funding?
    A recent survey finds that districts most successful at sustaining technology funding and education-technology initiatives "develop multiple sources of revenue, they trigger strong community engagement, and they prioritize daily support and training for teachers." According to the survey, conducted by Digital Wish, administrators said technology initiatives that relied on a single source of funding were in danger of cancellation. eSchool News (free registration) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Students increasingly connect with colleges online
    Colleges nationwide are increasingly moving the college-fair experience online, using chat rooms accessible from their websites to answer questions and reach potential applicants. "As high school students change in how they're getting their information, it's important for us to make those changes as well," Emily Engelschall, director of undergraduate admissions at the University of California, Riverside, said, adding: "Students feel more comfortable in that environment." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Is education policy headed in the wrong direction?
    In this blog post, teacher trainer and author Shelly Sanchez Terrell writes about the negative effects of education policy, which seeks to control the learning process. Instead, she writes, policymakers should place more trust in teachers and in students. She suggests teachers start small, perhaps by giving students one period per week in which they direct learning -- allowing teachers to act as facilitators or guides. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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