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Trial set for former Atlanta schools tech director

Atlanta Public Schools’ former technology director is scheduled to go on trial Dec. 2 on bribery and fraud charges. Federal prosecutors claim Jerome Oberlton, who worked as the school system’s chief information officer from 2004 to 2007, used his influence at the school system to award a $780,000 computer project and score a profit from the deal.

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Handbook of Research For Educational Communications and Technology

This fourth edition of the handbook provides comprehensive research reviews of new developments in educational technology. It includes examples to guide future research in ed tech, and references to point readers toward the most recent research in the field of educational technology.

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5 sites teens flock to instead of Facebook

School tech directors work hard to introduce tools that are similar to the ones students are using at home, to increase adoption and relevance. Here are five of the latest websites and social networks teens are using today.

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More than half of U.S. public schools don’t have wireless access

Just 39 percent of public schools have wireless network access around the entire school. However, within five years, President Barack Obama’s ConnectED initiative hopes to change all that by connecting 99 percent of America’s students through next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless networks in schools.

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Plano school highlights efforts to teach digital natives

Educators at Beverley Elementary School in Plano, Texas, are using technology to feed students’ natural curiosity and help them overcome challenges, such as fear of speaking in class.

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Digital learning can boost R.I. schools

If the United States is to prepare its students for success in the modern technology-driven world, more classrooms—in both Rhode Island and the whole nation—need to embrace higher learning outcomes for students made possible by integrating modern technology and quality teaching to create robust digital learning.

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Tuscaloosa board names new director of technical education

The Tuscaloosa Board of Education unanimously approved Dennis Duncan as the Alabama system’s new director of career technical education. Duncan has been with the Bibb County School System since 2004, having served as a principal and director of career and technical education.

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MPAA wants first-graders to learn dangers of digital piracy

The Center for Copyright Information—backed by copyright groups like the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, among others—is currently developing a curriculum in California to teach elementary schoolers the value of copyrights and the dangers of piracy.

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Is online learning transforming education?

In his recent book, Transformation Education, Ron Packard says that brick-and-mortar schools will still exist, but individualized learning will be at the center, with engaging interactive content rather than a series of chalk-and-textbook, grade-delineated classrooms.

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Online classes fall short when It comes to physics

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is trying to do what Khan Academy, MIT OpenCourseWare, iTunes U, and even Phet Interactive Simulations cannot—let students interact with a real physical experiment.

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