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January 10, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • Should schools have computer labs?
    There are pros and cons to teaching in a school computer lab, writes Mary Beth Hertz, a K-8 technology teacher in Philadelphia. In this blog post, she writes that labs give each student access to a machine, allow for focused computer-literacy instruction and are a good solution for cash-strapped schools. However, the typical lab layout can be a problem, plus computer labs take technology out of the classroom and turn it into a shared resource, which limits access, she writes. Beth Hertz's blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines strips away the one-size-fits-all approach to content-area literacy and presents a much-needed instructional model for disciplinary literacy—showing teachers how to mentor middle and high school learners to become "academic insiders" who are college and career ready. Preview the entire book!
  • How to develop lessons for bring-your-own-device programs
    As a growing number of schools adopt bring-your-own-device programs -- bringing a slew of unique devices into the classroom -- one expert is offering tips to help teachers craft lessons that are device neutral. Ron Milliner, director of the Kentucky Academy of Technology Education, says teachers should incorporate BYOD into existing lessons while not worrying so much about the actual devices. Students, Milliner said, will find the applications they need and collaborate to provide technical support. T.H.E. Journal (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
Systems Management 
  • N.C. board considers allowing virtual charters to operate
    The North Carolina State Board of Education is expected to vote today on whether to allow public-school students to enroll in online charter schools operated by for-profit companies. Such proposals have been controversial nationwide and in the state, where some are concerned about transparency and what could happen if public funds are directed away from traditional schools and into the virtual schools. At least two companies have sought to start enrolling students in 2014. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
Schools and Social Media 
  • What are the pros, cons of social media in education?
    A growing number of schools are using social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs to communicate with students and for other purposes. According to this infographic from Online Universities, schools report using social media websites in the classroom, for professional development, to send announcements and to connect with potential students. However, some challenges remain as schools struggle to make their social media accounts relevant and are tasked with finding knowledgeable staff members to manage the sites. Edudemic (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Why educators should stay connected to each other
    Connected educators are more likely to become knowledgeable about their profession because they learn through collaboration and communication, writes Tom Whitby, an adjunct professor of education at St. Joseph's College in New York. That knowledge empowers teachers with the sense of confidence they need to be successful in the ever-changing field of education, he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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--Jean de la Fontaine,
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