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“There can be infinite uses of the computer and of new age technology, but if teachers themselves are not able to bring it into the classroom and make it work, then it fails.” - Nancy Kassebaum


Monday, April 30, 2012

San Diego Schools Purchase 25,700 Apple iPad 2 Units

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No Child left bored? After putting more than 75,600 netbooks into the hands of students, the San Diego Unified School District has switched its focus to Apple iPads and will buy devices to outfit 340 classrooms before the end of the school year. In all, the district plans to purchase around 25,700 iPad 2s at a slight discount from retail to roll out to its fifth- and eighth-grade classes as well as some high school classes by next fall. It is one of the largest deployments of iPads in K-12...

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Empowering Students with Digital Reading

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New products are designed to improve aptitude, fulfill Common Core State Standards, provide unlimited access to online libraries and bring 21st-century learning into the classroom. When Connie Dopierala was hired as the media services administrator for the Charleston County (S.C.) School District, one of her tasks was to update the district’s library books. “I was shocked by how dated some of the books were,” she says. “One school had a biography on Nelson Mandela that was written while he...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Inside the Flipped Classroom

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By 5:01 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon, Byron High School (MN) math teacher Troy Faulkner has already received five e-mails from his students: "Where's tomorrow's video lesson? We are waiting!" With their laptops, tablets, or smartphones--whatever is convenient--Faulkner's students are waiting to log on to Moodle and watch a YouTube video of him solving quadratic equations. In the classroom the next day, Faulkner will work with students as they demonstrate how well...

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Monday, April 23, 2012

The Three New Pillars of 21st Century Learning

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What happens when our basic assumptions about schooling no longer apply?  The textbook, The lecturer and the classroom are three pillars of modern-day schooling that date back hundreds of years. Each was invented to solve a problem. The textbook was invented because information was scarce, the lecturer because teachers were few and the classroom because learning was local. These enduring icons persist into the Internet age, shaping our view of learning and driving...

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Parents, Students Help School Districts in Tough Financial Times

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Tight budgets are taking their toll nation wide.  Here is a story of how New York districts are trying to cope. Educators nation wide are relying on community members more than ever for help with their budgets. Parents and students have rallied and they've helped prioritize programs in their school districts. //

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How Will California's New "Common Core" Standards Change the Way Teachers Teach and Students Learn?

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Here is one take on the coming changes by a reporter from the Modesto Bee. Please share your thoughts on this by leaving a comment below.   California standards will shift teaching By Nan Austin naustin@modbee.com What students in California's public schools learn today is based on a framework created in 1997 that spells out when students learn multiplication, the states' capitals and other lessons. But that's coming to an end. Behind the scenes, teachers and administrators...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Education World's Top 25 Blogs for Educators in 2012.

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Education blogs reveal many creative ways of approaching modern problems that teachers face. You can also find a wealth of interesting information about how technology is being incorporated into classroom lessons. Education blogs can be both inspiring and informative. Top 25 Blogs Technology with Intent Technology with Intent is written by Jac de Haan, an integration specialist, Google Certified Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator and member of the International Society for Technology...

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