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January 23, 2013
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Head of the Class 
  • How to make the most of online portfolio platforms
    Blogger Heather Hiles, who has 15 years of experience in education, in this post suggests five tips for using online portfolio platforms in K-12 and college classrooms. Hiles suggests that more tech-savvy students help guide their peers, and that lessons teach students to find and organize data, become engaged in activities and help students see the "bigger picture" behind their work. Hiles also suggests tips to help educators pick an online portfolio platform. Hiles' blog (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Classroom technology boosts student engagement in math lessons
    Educators in an Iowa school district have found that students are more engaged in math lessons and are earning higher scores on math assessments since teachers began letting students use interactive whiteboards and other classroom technology. Students also are being encouraged to work more with each other to learn the material. "Once I started involving the technology and a little bit of the workshop model as kind of a background, I really saw the students be 100 percent more engaged and really take learning into their own hands," said math teacher Renee Wagner. KWWL-TV (Waterloo, Iowa) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Technology needs are a concern in transition to common core
    A recent survey conducted by the Missouri Association of School Administrators finds that officials in many districts are concerned about the implementation of technology requirements under the Common Core State Standards. Among the concerns are a lack of accommodations needed to administer computer-based tests, insufficient hardware and a lack of bandwidth needed to accommodate online testing. Education Week/Digital Education blog (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
Schools and Social Media 
  • Teaching students to think twice before posting images online
    In this blog post, Ontario, Canada, educator Lisa Noble describes how she sought to teach her sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students why they should think twice before they post candid photos taken at school on the Internet. The urge to share such images with friends on social networks can put the safety of other students at risk, she writes -- a point made more real for students during a classroom visit from a fellow student with special needs. Powerful Learning Practice (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Last Byte 
  • Twitter is a hit with lawmakers
    Twitter says that all U.S. senators and 90% of House members have accounts on the network, compared with 44% of the Senate and 35% of the House in 2011. Among state legislatures, 29 states have all their lawmakers on Twitter, and all states have at least 70% participating, Twitter says. Mashable (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people."
--Andre Dubus,
American writer

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