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February 26, 2013
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Using technology for instructional, practical purposes
Technology can have instructional and practical benefits in the classroom, suggests Scott Steinberg, a speaker and author who shares seven such uses in this blog post. He recommends using an application to track students' attendance and behavior, using digital tools to foster collaboration, recoding lectures and notes and establishing digital ways to communicate with families. Other suggestions include using electronic books and focusing on technology as a tool used to reach goals. The Huffington Post/The Blog (2/25)
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High-tech tools are front and center in the classroom
Some teachers in Pennsylvania say part of their job is to keep up with advances in technology and put some of the latest tools to use in the classroom. For example, high-school physics teacher Clyde Qualk recently used an interactive whiteboard and student-produced video during a lesson on acceleration, and biology teacher Jade Leung asked students to use an animation program to create a movie about bacteria. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/25)
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Survey: Europe is behind the times in education technology
Of those who responded to a recent survey, 88% said education in Europe is being held back because institutions are not keeping pace with the latest advances in technology. The survey, conducted on behalf of Ricoh by Coleman Parkes, found a need to better integrate mobile devices, offering greater security and the ability to update records instantly and share information anywhere. Silicon Republic (Ireland) (2/26)
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Ill. district plans to lease iPads for students
A school board in Illinois has decided to expand a program in which students use iPads in the classroom, following the success of a pilot program. Now, officials say the district will lease as many as 7,000 Apple iPads -- enough to supply about half of the district's students with the devices. The effort will cost about $1.13 million, and the plan is to draw on money that would have gone to lab upgrades and computer purchases. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/25)
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Thousands of teachers' jobs on the line under sequestration
Teachers nationwide already have received pink slips ahead of federal sequestration -- across-the-board budget cuts expected to take place Friday. A report from the White House shows that thousands of teachers' jobs could be eliminated nationwide if the cuts are imposed. This article includes a map released from the White House that shows where the cuts will take the greatest toll, including California, Florida, New York and Texas, where job losses are expected to be greater than 500 teacher positions. The Huffington Post (2/25)
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School districts use social media sites to communicate, engage
A growing number of school systems, including one in Frederick, Md., are using social media to engage with the public. Frederick County Public Schools recently launched a Facebook page, which allows officials to post news and information for parents, students and the public, who also may post comments. District officials say they plan to guard against potential threats or falsehoods that could be spread online. "It really requires extra vigilance," school system spokesman Michael Doerrer said. The Frederick News-Post (Md.) (2/26)
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Is the latest teaching trend right for all classrooms?
It seems every few years, educators are urged to adopt the latest and greatest teaching method, writes high-school English teacher Nicholas Provenzano. In this blog post, he writes that while teachers should be open to better methods of instruction, he cautions them against succumbing to pressure to disregard other approaches. Instead, he writes about the advice a veteran teacher once gave him: "Teach to the students in your class and you will always be right." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/25)
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