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April 26, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Website offers platform for student writers
    The website Figment -- founded in 2010 by Jacob Lewis, a former editor of The New Yorker, and Dana Goodyear, a New Yorker staff writer -- provides a space for students to publish their original writing and receive feedback online. Philadelphia English teacher Meenoo Rami says the site is a "perfect platform" for her students. "It's important for students to know that their work is viewed by more than just their teacher. For my students, the idea that a larger audience is being exposed to their work is important to them," Rami said. "This gives them an authentic reason to write." blog (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • More sites provide access to educational videos
    While an increasing number of teachers are accessing educational videos on YouTube and other sites, many say they still have trouble accessing such content safely. Now, however, sites such as WatchKnowLearn, SchoolTube and TeacherTube provide access to videos and peace of mind for teachers. "Teachers are very resourceful," said Jason Mammano, an instructional technology facilitator in a North Carolina district. "If there's a piece of content they think will help students, they'll find it." Forbes/Techonomy (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • TED-Ed launches new site for video lessons: TED-Ed on Wednesday launched an educational website featuring lessons based on its original animated videos for grades K-12. Each lesson includes a three- to eight-minute video, multiple-choice quizzes, open-ended questions and links to related information. In addition, teachers can choose to "flip" the video and create customized lessons. TED-Ed's Lessons Worth Sharing beta version currently features video lessons on numerous topics. Forbes/Techonomy (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Unleash students’ creativity with coding & STEAM
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Systems Management 
  • Feds seek to boost technical-career training
    The U.S. Education Department wants Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to help deal with the shortage of IT skills. "I think this is an industry that is demanding this," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "We have at least 2 million high-wage, high-skill jobs that we can't fill in this country." (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Other News
NEW – Today's Education Cartoon 
Managing Budgets 
  • A low-cost alternative to an interactive whiteboard
    Students at a North Carolina school developed a low-cost, rudimentary interactive whiteboard using a Wii controller, a marker and $6 in supplies from an electronics store. A teacher at the school, which does not have interactive whiteboards, showed students a YouTube video explaining how to make the devices on their own. "It can do everything that a Promethium board can do, for the most part -- 85% of the functionality for 5% of the price," said teacher Josh Thornton. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Md. teacher uses Twitter to communicate with students
    A middle-school teacher in Maryland launched a Twitter account at the start of the 2011-12 school year to help engage students and improve class participation, and now is hosting weekly chats online. Albert Lewis said he also uses the account to broadcast school news to the community and address early online conflicts among students. "For a teacher to be using social networking to discuss issues that affect them and they won't be judged, it appeals to them," he said. The Gazette (Gaithersburg, Md.) (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Last Byte 
  • Use of X-rays on immigrant children questioned in the U.K.
    In the United Kingdom, Education Secretary Michael Gove is questioning the U.K. Border Agency's policy of using X-rays to establish children's ages, saying the practice could needlessly expose youth to radiation. The practice, reintroduced in March, is used in cases where the ages of people claiming to be children are disputed. Gove said he is seeking to find a balance between protecting the integrity of the country's borders and safeguarding children. BBC (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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