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September 21, 2011
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Head of the Class 
  • Idaho teachers are incorporating more technology in the classroom
    Teachers in Idaho are working to introduce more technology into the curriculum as part of the state's Students Come First reforms aimed at promoting the use of educational technology. Some educators are incorporating interactive digital activities alongside teacher-led instruction, while others are giving computerized tests or using technology to communicate with students. State officials recently approved a plan to require high-school students to earn two online credits to graduate, beginning with the class of 2016. The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New app aims to turn Facebook into a study tool
    The Facebook application seeks to turn Facebook into a study tool for students. The app diverts students away from their wall and news feed and asks them, "What are you working on?" It then connects students with live group-study sessions on their chosen topic. The tool also could prove useful for educators, providing a way for them to hold "virtual office hours" for students, the tool's CEO and co-founder, Michael Koetting, says. blog (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Debate over Facebook in schools continues in Mo.: Lawmakers in Missouri continue to debate the boundaries of online communication between students and teachers. The state Senate has passed legislation that requires districts to develop policies. That bill is under consideration by the House. However, the uncertainty has some students and teachers questioning whether they will be able to continue online communication regarding schoolwork and academic topics. The Missourian (Washington, Mo.) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some U.K. students learn to write software programs
    In the United Kingdom, about 100 students are testing a new curriculum in which they write their own computer software programs. The curriculum could be offered throughout the U.K. if the trial is successful. "[It] will transform the IT curriculum away from computer literacy, which we believe many young people can do earlier, towards instead how they develop software and computational principles; how they can create their own programs," Science Minister David Willetts said. The Register (U.K.) (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Google+ opens to the public, adds features
    Google has ended its invitation-only Google+ test run, opening the network to everyone. The social network, which is estimated to have more than 25 million users, has been upgraded with a search capability and an enhanced "Hangouts" feature that allows users to hold video chats with contacts via smartphones and to broadcast their Hangout sessions for other users to see. Reuters (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • McAfee debuts a 3-piece mobile-security suite
    Security vendor McAfee has introduced a strategy that is designed to help secure mobile devices running on emerging standards. The solution has three components: McAfee Enterprise Mobility Management software, McAfee's ePolicy Orchestrator and the company's Global Threat Intelligence network. The tools are intended for tablets and smartphones, and include anti-theft features and protection from malware, phishing attacks and malicious websites. (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Professional Growth Opportunities for Educators 
  • Upcoming professional-development opportunities for educators
    Authorspeak 2011, Nov. 1 to 3, Indianapolis. Gain valuable insights, practical strategies and bold new ideas from education's thought leaders and innovators.
    DevLearn 2011 Conference and Expo, Nov. 2 to 4, Las Vegas. If you want to know what is coming next in the world of learning and what leaders in the field are thinking and doing, then you need to be at DevLearn.
    The California Mathematics Council South Conference 2011, Nov. 4 to 5, Palm Springs, Calif. Building student mathematical identity through common core practices.
    EdTech Classroom Conference 2011, Nov. 5, San Bernardino, Calif. Mobilizing in the cloud. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Managing Budgets 
  • Facebook funds to be awarded to innovative teachers in Newark, N.J.
    A portion of the $100 million gift from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to Newark, N.J., schools will go directly to public classroom teachers, Zuckerberg's foundation will announce today. Under the two-year, $600,000 plan, teachers -- or groups of them -- could receive $10,000 grants to pay for innovative in-class initiatives. City and state education officials are set to review other grants being funded by Zuckerberg's gift, which has been used primarily to open schools, lengthen school days and hire teachers. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Last Byte 
  • A car without a driver: Autonomous VW tours Berlin
    A driverless automobile has been tooling around the German capital of Berlin as part of an ongoing test of autonomous-driving technology. The modified Volkswagen Passat -- the brainchild of engineers from Berlin's Free University -- took four years to develop. The car has visibility of up to 230 feet and can react to roadway events much faster than humans, which developers say makes it safer than a human-driven car. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (free registration) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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