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January 16, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • Ohio district shifts to a comprehensive education-technology model
    Educators and officials in an Ohio school district are taking full advantage of technology in the classroom and in communication with parents and the community. Besides investing in classroom technology, the district has sought to adopt more "comprehensive technology," in which students and teachers have access to iPads, iPod Touches and AppleTV, among other devices, and technology is integrated into instruction, homework and other aspects of school. The approach aims to improve student success and bolster support and accountability. District Administration magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
eLearning 
  • Games help girls find context for math, science concepts
    Research about girls and video games shows that girls tend to prefer games that include problem-solving, collaboration and real-life elements. Designers of educational technology have found that math and science-based games are most popular with girls when the concepts have some connection to real-world situations and can lead to a solution that supports a "social good." KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Tools to improve the interactive whiteboard experience
    A slew of new tools are available to improve the experience of educators working with interactive whiteboards. Among the 10 tools listed in this article are touch and pen-enabled projectors from SMART Technologies that allow for greater interactivity and collaboration among students, while MooreCo's iTeach 2 allows teachers to make interactive whiteboards mobile and adjust the height. District Administration magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Tablets to replace textbooks under NYC official's plan if elected mayor
    A New York City councilwoman has proposed replacing textbooks in the city's schools with tablet computers. In announcing her plan as part of her campaign to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the school system spends about $100 million on textbooks -- enough to provide tablets for all of the city's students. She said educators then could rely on some open-source, free material to supplement printed material in class. Daily News (New York) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
Schools and Social Media 
  • Should homework assignments integrate social media?
    Some students in New Jersey say social media, text messages and other technology can distract them from getting their homework completed after school. Shawna Bu Shell, an educational-technology professor at Rowan University, is training more teachers to be creative when integrating social media into the curriculum. "If a teacher is good at designing homework and is willing to integrate social media, then students won't be sneaking, trying to use it," Bu Shell said. Courier-Post (Camden-Cherry Hill, N.J.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Report: Nontraditional technologies attract students to STEM
    In this blog post, guest blogger Victoria O'Dea highlights a recent report by the Center for Digital Education that focuses on specialized technologies educators can use to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math. Not only do tools such as virtual labs, robotics and gaming appeal to students, they also expose students to technology they may use in college and the workplace, according to the report's authors. Education Week/Marketplace K-12 (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."
--Henry David Thoreau,
American author and poet

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