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January 13, 2016
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Fla. district faces criticism, pushback over digital resources
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A Florida school district is facing intense criticism over its decision to implement free online resources for math and English-language arts. Some parents insist students need traditional textbooks, but the superintendent says the curriculum has been successful. The board has called for a curriculum audit by an independent third party.
The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) (1/12) 
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Report focuses on best practices for online, blended learning
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Student attendance and active participation is one of the three top ways to measure the quality of an online or blended-learning program, said school leaders surveyed for the fourth annual Fuel Education Benchmark Study. The report offers insights about blended and online programs.
eSchool News (free registration) (1/8) 
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3 ways to assess necessity of classroom technology
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The integration of classroom technology should be purposeful, principal Matt Renwick writes in this blog post. He shares three research-based assertions to help guide educators' decisions to use technology in teaching and learning.
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Managing Budgets
Obama reaffirms commitment to computer science education
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President Barack Obama in his final State of the Union address pledged to continue supporting computer science education. "In the coming years, we should build on that progress, by ... offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on Day 1," he said.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (1/12),  National Public Radio (1/13),  eSchool News (free registration) (1/13) 
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Schools and Social Media
Should schools punish student-athletes for social media posts?
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Some Wisconsin high schools are studying the social media policies for their student-athletes after a basketball player was disciplined for posting a tweet that included profanity and questioned policies of a state governing sports body. Some people argue that social media is free speech, but school leaders maintain student-athletes should demonstrate responsible language and behavior on these platforms.
WEAU-TV (Eau Claire, Wis.) (1/13) 
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Microsoft aims to raise number of female tech students in Hong Kong
Microsoft has expanded its GirlSpark Camp to encourage more female students in Hong Kong to consider studying computer science and eventually working in the field. A Minecraft coding workshop, among others, was offered to engage students.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (free registration) (1/11) 
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