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Technology in schools: Who does it best, China or the US?
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More teachers in the U.S. are embracing "flipped classrooms" and are bringing to schools digital tablets and laptop computers to create the 21st century classroom — but how does the U.S. compare in effective use of technology in education to other countries? A new survey from Dell took a look at education technology in the U.S. and in China, and found that the U.S. can learn a thing or two from our foreign educators and students. More

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3 things that need to be reciprocated in schools
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George Couros, a contributor for Connected Principals, writes: "A positive school culture is the only way that organizations will move forward, yet there is often a lot of little subtle messages on things that aren't working that can slowly erode the climate. I believe that I have said it before, but schools will not be 'innovative' if they can't work together. You will only get pockets of teachers/classrooms that will have this in spite of the culture." More



Building social and emotional skills in elementary students: Inner meanie and inner friend
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Randy Taran, a filmmaker, writes: "In this nine-part series, we will look at important factors that influence the happiness and social and emotional learning of elementary school age children. These are very useful in helping students learn, manage emotions better and increase empathy." More

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3 states pushing ALEC bill to require teaching climate change denial in schools
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The American Legislative Exchange Council — known by its critics as a "corporate bill mill" — has hit the ground running in 2013, pushing "models bills" mandating the teaching of climate change denial in public school systems. January hasn't even ended, yet ALEC has already planted its "Environmental Literacy Improvement Act" — which mandates a "balanced" teaching of climate science in K-12 classrooms — in the state legislatures of Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona so far this year. More


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School shooting drills: How realistic should they be?
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"I want to see my kids! Bang! Bang!" the man shouted as he stormed into the front office of a South Carolina elementary school and pointed a handgun at a secretary and custodian. Both went limp at the verbal gunshots, and the "shooter," a police officer taking part in a school safety drill, continued his rampage. While an assistant principal dialed 911, the gunman took aim at two students and their principal. All fell to the floor with bloody, fake wounds. More

4 steps to flipping the classroom
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The flipped classroom, in which students watch a video explaining a particular lesson or topic at home and then come to school prepared to complete assignments related to that lesson or discuss the topic in class, is gaining ground. But how, exactly, can educators go about flipping the classroom? More

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Overcoming impact of adversity on learning
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Poverty, neglect or family stress can make it especially difficult for young children to develop the self-discipline and habits of mind they will need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Armed with research and a commitment to the whole child, Washington state has transformed the way its agencies work together and in partnership with researchers to address the effects of early adversity on learning and to help disadvantaged children build resiliency and other so-called executive-function skills they need to learn and grow. More

Finding the right technology tools is easy, if you know where to look
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Kathy Schrock has been a district tech director; an instructional tech specialist; and a school, academic, museum, and public librarian. She currently teaches online graduate courses for two universities and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Teacher and a Discovery Education Guru. The common thread that runs through all of her work is her mission to help teachers keep up with the latest technology. Whether she is writing, speaking, blogging or tweeting, her goal is to show educators where and how to find tech tools that will engage their students. More


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Stanford report: Charter schools that start bad stay bad
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When it comes to charter schools, the bad ones stay bad and the good ones stay good, according to a report on charter school growth released by an influential group of Stanford University scholars. "There are very predictable lanes on quality, and once you get into a lane, a new school tends to not move very much," said Macke Raymond, the economist in charge of the university's Center for Research on Education Outcomes institute and an author of the report. "High stays high and low stays low." More

Making the most of digital devices for kids
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The verdict is in: Kids prefer eBooks. At least that's what researchers at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center recently observed when giving 3- to 6-year-olds the choice between print and electronic books. However, researchers at the same workshop found that about half of children still prefer a print book when their parent is reading along with them. More

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The power of educational coaching
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Ben Johnson, an education consultant, online teacher and learning coach, writes: "I squirmed a bit in the center seat as I responded to questions. One educator after another around the circle asked me probing questions that made me think about my actions. I knew they understood me because they often rephrased what I said. Vocalizing my thoughts helped me to see clearly what my real issues were. Even still, I was hesitant to reveal my concerns, but at the same time I was curious to see where it would lead; I was being coached! The issue on which they were trying to coach me was that, as school principal, I was uncertain on how to deal with a particular teacher's request." More

Equal Internet access is a K-12 must-have
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The days when spiral notebooks, No. 2 pencils and a backpack full of textbooks served as the mainstays of the American classroom are rapidly giving way to a new school environment. Interactive whiteboards, online classes, streaming lectures and digital textbooks are revolutionizing the way students learn and communicate with their teachers. Technology is blurring the brick-and-mortar boundaries of learning in 21st century schools. More

Combat bullying with PBS LearningMedia resources
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Help your students to recognize bullying and respond to conflict thoughtfully by integrating these PBS LearningMedia resources into your lesson plans. Register today for additional content about cyber-bullying, communication and cultural diversity. More


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Union backs 'bar exam' for teachers
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The system for preparing and licensing teachers in the U.S. is in such disarray that the American Federation of Teachers is proposing a "bar exam" similar to the one lawyers have to pass before they can practice. Currently, there's a patchwork of different certification requirements that vary state by state. There's no single standard to determine who's fit and who's not fit to teach. It's an archaic system that Randi Weingarten, president of the teachers union, says must be replaced with one question in mind. More

Greek yogurt in school lunches introduced as meat alternative in USDA pilot program
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching a pilot program that could place Greek yogurt in school cafeterias across the country by April as a protein, or meat alternative, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. The commitment marks a victory for Schumer, who petitioned Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last June to add Greek yogurt to the list of proteins that meet the USDA's school lunch standards. The move would also provide a boost for dairy and Greek yogurt producers in New York like Chobani and Fage. Currently approved school meat substitutes include nuts, tofu, beans, cheese and eggs. More

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Tennessee 'Don't Say Gay' bill now requires teachers to inform parents if their child is gay
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Tennessee's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill died with the adjournment of the state assembly last year. But now the measure is back — with new, harsher requirements. The bill, SB 234, still bars Tennessee teachers from discussing any facet of "non-heterosexual" sexuality with children in grades K-8. But the newest iteration also includes a provision requiring teachers or counselors to inform the parents of some students who identify themselves as LGBT. More

Florida governor wants $1.2 billion more for schools
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott will ask for a $1.2 billion boost in spending on public schools in the coming year, a move that could set up a clash with the Republican-controlled Legislature but could boost his bid for re-election. Scott revealed the figure when he outlined his top spending priorities during The Associated Press' 19th annual planning meeting. His announcement comes a day before the Republican governor is expected to make his 2013 budget recommendations to state legislators. Scott will give additional details on his budget proposal, although it is unlikely that Scott will provide a definitive answer on whether he supports accepting federal aid to expand Medicaid. More

Bill to get police in school
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Many students might not dwell on the possibility of violence erupting at their school, but some of Ohio's Reynoldsburg seniors say a plan aimed at encouraging off-duty law-enforcement officers to substitute teach on their days off would provide schools with added protection. More


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Robotics on the rise in schools
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An explosion in the popularity of high school robotics teams suddenly has made it chic to be geek: Robotics team members are getting varsity letters and patches, being paraded before school assemblies like other sports stars and seeing trophies in the same lobby display cases as their football, basketball or baseball counterparts. "It's the new kid on the block," said Dawn Nichols, head of school at Convent of the Visitation Catholic School in Mendota Heights, Minn., which has the only all-girls high school robotics team in Minnesota. More



Deadline March 15 for Children's Book Award
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Calling all aspiring authors. Submissions for National Children's Book Award Contest are due Thursday, March 15. Prospective authors may submit a picture or chapter book written for children ages 3-16. Judging will be based on content, originality, and age-appropriateness. Winners will receive a contract with Charlesbridge Publishing. More

Celebrate Digital Learning Day on Feb. 6
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Join NAESP, more than 50 national organizations, 45 states plus the District of Columbia and over 17,000 teachers to celebrate Digital Learning Day, taking place Wednesday, Feb. 6. Created by the Alliance for Excellent Education, Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized, educational experience. More

 
 


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