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Tech-savvy teachers push Edmodo teaching app

With Facebook and other social media barred in Virginia's Chesterfield Public Schools, Adam Seldow, chief of technology for the district, says so many teachers got hooked on Edmodo that its use is going districtwide.

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BYOT: Is it the great equalizer or causing a wider divide?

Since 23 percent of American teens have tablet computers, 47 percent have smartphones, and 78 percent have cellphones, a bring your own device policy is on the rise, according to the Pew Research Center. But will students who can't afford the technology be left behind?

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Will technology mark the end to cursive writing?

The Common Core State Standards do not require students to learn cursive. Only 11 of the 50 states have amended their education requirements to mandate cursive be included in the curriculum. As a result, states and districts nationwide are grappling with whether to teach the skill at all.

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Rugged iPad case for students voted a favorite by school tech directors

In a recent YouTube video, the iGear Slim Tough Case was dropped 20 feet from a second floor window onto a driveway. The case successfully protected the iPad without a scratch, and it continued to record video the entire time.

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Long Island schools step up use of tablets

Some districts in Long Island, N.Y., are finally taking the technology plunge after dipping their toe in the water for several years. Mineola, which started with 100 iPads in 2010, is now providing one iPad for each of its 1,200 students in third through eighth grades, while Bethpage is distributing Google Chromebooks to middle schoolers.

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Digital education shouldn’t bypass the disabled

Students returning to school will find a plethora of new technologies and virtual programs on which their institutions have been spending millions of dollars. Yet even as these new technology-rich environments revolutionize the classroom, few have made provisions for people who are blind, dyslexic, or otherwise print-disabled.

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Online learning resources for reading development

The Department of Education has compiled a resource page of programs that can help teachers improve reading. From rhyming and poetry to coloring books for English language learners to a discussion of the value of water, there are tens of dozens of programs across all grades that can be used in the classroom to help children learn to read.

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Tools for building connected online communities

This list contains 40 different tools that can be used to help create connected online communities. From blogs to webinars to comments to surveys, communities small and large can be created to keep teachers and administrators in touch with each other about cutting-edge issues in engaged learning.

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How to prepare for the transition to online assessment

In the 2014-2015 school year, approximately 40 states will use new online student assessments from PARCC and Smarter Balanced that will be based on the deeper and more rigorous Common Core State Standards. This article describes a state’s history with online assessments, the evolution of their infrastructure, their approach to training and communication with districts, and an in-depth look at what it took a district to implement the assessments.

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Ohio schools get creative to ensure kids are active

School districts across the country have cut physical-education programs to save money. But they don’t usually use recess to boost physical activity.

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