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October 3, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Parents follow children's math grades online with trepidation
    As more and more schools across the nation allow for online monitoring of student grades, parents are finding the pitfalls and advantages of having that access. Some parents see the advantage in discovering areas where their kids may be struggling in their classes, while others find it frustrating to look up a child's grade and see an error or a grade that doesn't reflect all the work and tests graded to date. The Wall Street Journal (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Duncan sets goal for schools to adopt digital textbooks
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan declared Tuesday that traditional textbooks should become obsolete in the "next few years" and that schools should shift to digital textbooks. Advocates say that digital textbooks are less costly and give students better access to up-to-date resources. Douglas Levin, executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association, says Common Core State Standards could make the process easier for states to collaborate to make the transition without individually having to "reinvent the wheel." Associated Press (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Systems Management 
  • Digital lunch accounts provide more oversight for parents
    In an Ohio school district, students maintain the same account for their meal purchases in elementary through high school. Students are issued point-of-sale cards, which are scanned -- deducting funds to pay for school meals from a digital account. For younger students, the cards are kept with teachers to cut down on loss. School nutrition professionals say the digital accounts allow parents to have greater control over students' purchases. The News-Herald (Lake County-Willoughby, Ohio) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • School board reconsiders decision to purchase iPads
    Just a couple of months after a school board in Washington state purchased iPads for their own use, the five-member board now says they are concerned about the cost. The devices for the board and its student member cost $2,748, and there will be additional fees related to a document-management service the board is now in the process of hiring. The iPads were purchased as a way to save mailing and print costs, but officials now say they are unlikely to recoup the money and are concerned about the devices' usability. Whidbey News-Times (Oak Harbor, Wash.) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Weighing the pros and cons of social media in education
    While educators have found that social media allows them to quickly and effectively communicate, it also has drawn criticism from those who believe it is too difficult to regulate, blogger Charlie Osbourne writes in this post. Student bullying is a top concern among some, while others also point out that some teacher-student communication occurring on sites such as Twitter and Facebook can be unprofessional, she writes. ZDNet (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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