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5/9/2013

5/9/2013
In most U.S. schools, the school day and year are the same length today as 100 years ago — 6.5 hours, 180 days. Expectations for what schools must crowd into that time have risen sharply, though.
5/9/2013
Bates College professor Anita Charles has studied technology in education and said working with tech-savvy student teachers is not as difficult as you might think. Creating a lesson plan is about knowing what your objectives are and how the tools you might use in the classroom can get you there.
5/9/2013
Members of the Education Committee on Tuesday abruptly tabled a proposal to change the way charter schools are funded, even though the proposal was what members of the committee had requested.
5/9/2013
Lenny Schad, the chief technology officer for the Houston Independent School District, said in an email to the school board this week that an external review found the district’s technological capacity was not sufficient for a bigger rollout of a program providing free computers for students to use at school and at home.
5/9/2013
As KTVB has reported, the district has been making steep cuts to school programs and staff to make up for its $5 million budget deficit.
5/9/2013
Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D) proposed creating a commission to study the issue with the goal of having no more than 100 school districts, a significant drop from the existing 500 school districts.
5/9/2013
Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Dale has been hospitalized for a medical emergency, the school system said Wednesday.
5/9/2013
As school districts across the country consider placing more police officers in schools, youth advocates and judges are raising alarm about what they have seen in the schools where officers are already stationed: a surge in criminal charges against children for misbehavior that many believe is better handled in the principal’s office.

5/8/2013

5/8/2013
The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.
5/8/2013
District 158 in Algonquin, Ill. will be putting more tablets in students’ hands after recently revealing plans to expand its digital curriculum program to early elementary and middle school classrooms. The school district’s “one-to-one” digital curriculum replaces traditional textbooks and allows students to access online programs and lessons through their own tablet, provided by the district.
5/8/2013
This school year, students from P.J. Jacobs Junior High School in Stevens Point, Wis., joined 335 students who are part of MySciLife, using technology to literally "live" as a science concept—such as trying to be a cell, a rock, or an animal—and interact with other students from 15 classrooms in seven states across the United States.
5/8/2013
The Flatiron School, launched last year, is teaming up with Skillcrush, a New York-based digital literacy start-up, to offer a two-week intensive program for high school students hoping to hone their developer chops.
5/8/2013
The NMC is pleased to announce the interim results of the 2013 Horizon.K12 Project, as presented at the 2013 CoSN Conference in San Diego. The Horizon.K12 Advisory Board voted for the top 12 emerging technologies as well as the top 10 trends and challenges they believe will have a significant impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in global K12 education over the next five years.
5/8/2013
Digital currency company Bitcoin has been generating buzz—some would say hype—for a while; in the last few months there’s been talk about Bitcoin ATMs, bubbles, ecosystems, miners, and more. But no one has addressed something about Bitcoin that seems obvious in hindsight: What about its effects on teaching kids to count? How will a generation of kids that grows up on Bitcoin, or some future iteration of digital currency that eventually becomes the norm, learn math?
5/8/2013
By all rights, Wendy Chaves' Algebra II class should be a zoo. Yet Chaves has never felt more effective. Why? Her 48 students are all on laptops, working through lessons in Compass Learning, Virtual Nerd and Revolution Prep that Chaves has assigned. "The kids," she says, "are engaged."

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