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How schools should balance Internet access, security
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Schools nationwide are grappling with how best to provide Internet access to students and staff and ensure their safety while online. In this commentary, Mike Ribble, director of technology for Manhattan-Ogden Schools in Kansas, shares four steps to help schools strike that balance, including sharing information among teachers, administrators and other stakeholders. T.H.E. Journal (11/12)
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Blended learning can help prepare students for college
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Blended learning programs can help to bridge the gap between high school and college, according to Tony Brannon and David Black of Murray State University. In this blog post, they write about the Racer Academy of Agriculture, a dual-credit program through the university that is taught online. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/16)
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Tech Showcase
Device aims to boost safety in event of lockdown
A door-barricading device aims to provide schools with an extra layer of safety in the event of lockdown. The Active Crisis Tool, designed to withstand high-velocity impact, is installed at the bottom of a door, inside the classroom, and activated with a foot stomp. Videos of the device in use are available for viewing  on the company's web site.
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Interactive whiteboard courses help foster student participation
Educators using Learning Upgrade can now access a new set of courses designed to foster whole-class participation. Called Teacher Upgrade, the lessons are delivered to an interactive whiteboard and students work through problems by pressing a button or using a pen or finger. Teachers can launch the new lessons from the "Students" or "Courses" tab on their dashboard.
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N.Y. to launch computer-based tests in half of districts
More than half of school districts in New York will participate in a statewide pilot program to introduce tests offered on desktop computers, tablets or laptops this spring. The program is intended to work out any issues before the state launches computer-based testing in the next school year. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (11/15)
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Managing Budgets
Teachers turn to Internet to raise funds for classrooms
Some Ohio teachers are turning to online crowdfunding sites to raise money for resources they need in the classroom, such as lab supplies and specialized work spaces. "It's an avenue to get at some of those other resources that are outside the box," said teacher Todd Korn, who used crowdfunding to buy special chairs for his students. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (11/15)
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Schools and Social Media
Survey: Majority of colleges using social media for campaigns
A majority of college and university leaders -- 70% -- say they're using several social media channels for their campaigns, a new survey shows. However, leaders are still struggling to find ways to accurately measure effectiveness, with only 23% saying their campaigns were "very successful," the survey finds. eCampus News (free registration) (11/12)
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Last Byte
Adult fitness trackers may not be right for children, experts say
Children who use fitness trackers may become bored, find the devices are a burden, or get discouraged by the information they receive and stop exercising, researchers said. Experts also cited privacy issues concerning the sale or use of data collected from children who have adult fitness tracking devices. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/13)
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