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Educators who use technology on their own are more likely to support ed tech
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A new report that reveals it's not just students who love using 21st-century technology; many of the adults in education do too — and the adults are translating this love into classroom practice. According to a survey, facilitated by the nonprofit group Project Tomorrow and supported by numerous companies, education associations and think tanks, while only 46 percent of all Americans report using a smart phone, more than 70 percent of school principals and district administrators use these always-connected devices, making them early adopters of technology their students crave. More


Teachers' summers off squeezed by second jobs, training
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These are the days, amid the crush of final exams, final projects and final straws, that a teacher's addled thoughts turn to those most hallowed words of the scholastic calendar: June, July and August. But for many teachers, the vaunted "summer off" is a shrinking season. Although many teachers will be planning some kind of getaway, they are booking around work-related obligations, such as workshops and second jobs, that fill in whole blocks in their planners. More

Web literacy: Where the Common Core meets common sense
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Are you as worried as we are that the overall impact of technology on our children's ability to solve complex research problems is negative? Have you heard a child near you say, "Just Google it," when asked to describe the meaning of life? Research shows that students primarily use one search engine and then only look at the first page of results. They can quickly give up or settle for something "close enough" when they don't find the information they're looking for. Huge amounts of time are being wasted in searches void of the rigor of research. More

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Using mobile screens to make reading easier for dyslexics
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When Dr. Matthew Schneps needs to read, he turns to his iPhone 4S. The handset's 3.5-inch screen squeezes text into one skinny column, which is helpful because the Harvard astrophysicist has dyslexia. Schneps finds the repackaged text easier to focus on, allowing him to better absorb everything from news articles to books to technical papers. Before Schneps discovered this tactic, he had given up reading books and struggled to parse the scientific proposals and papers he encountered as an academic. Reading felt "overwhelming," he says. More

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Children's activity levels strongly influenced by who they are friends with
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Children whose friends are physically active are much more likely to be physically active themselves, researchers from Vanderbilt University reported in the journal Pediatrics. The authors explained that several previous studies had focused on obesity and social networking in adolescents and adults, but never on younger children. Dr. Sabina B. Gesell and team found that friendship bonds play a vital role in setting physical activity trends in children aged between 5 and 12 years. Put simply, the study found that children in physically active social networks have a much higher likelihood of doing plenty of exercise, compared to those in less physically active social networks. More


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How education policy is hurting early childhood education
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Much of the discussion about the wide discrepancies in educational achievement between poor and affluent students is focused on what schools and teachers should be doing to close it. But researchers are gathering more evidence suggesting that summer — when students are typically out of contact with their schools and teachers — is one of the root causes of the gap. More

How summer increases the achievement gap
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Much of the discussion about the wide discrepancies in educational achievement between poor and affluent students is focused on what schools and teachers should be doing to close it. But researchers are gathering more evidence suggesting that summer — when students are typically out of contact with their schools and teachers — is one of the root causes of the gap. More

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Romney discusses education policy and class size in Philadelphia
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Making a rare inner-city campaign stop, Mitt Romney preached the merits of traditional two-parent families and touted his platform of educational choice at a West Philadelphia charter school. The Republican presidential candidate had little political reason during the primaries to visit heavily Democratic neighborhoods like Carroll Park. And his initial foray as the all-but-certain GOP nominee probably had more to do with outreach to suburban moderates than to African Americans, who are strongly behind President Barack Obama. More


Romney calls for using Title I, IDEA funds for school choice
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Presumptive GOP nominee Gov. Mitt Romney called for making federal funding for special education and disadvantaged students portable — meaning the money would follow students to any school their parents choose, including a private school. Under his proposal, parents could also choose to use the funds under Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act at charter schools, for online courses, or for tutoring. Title I is funded at $14.5 billion this year, and IDEA is funded at $11.6 billion, and any proposal to radically shift the use of that money would be almost certain to face a host of administrative, budgetary, and political hurdles from the Congress and statehouses on down. More

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K-12 scorecard mixed as state lawmakers finish
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As state legislatures sprint or stagger down the homestretch of their 2012 sessions, a variety of K-12 issues are capturing their attention, with lawmakers in some states wrapping up major changes to education-related finance, while others trade blows over policy overhauls. And as budgets in a number of places emerge from the dark recession years — California, with its projected $16 billion shortfall, is a notable exception — legislators in Kansas and Maryland have pushed to increase school aid or at least stabilize per-pupil spending. More

School-grading changes stir debate in Florida
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School district leaders and advocates for English language learners are decrying the recent overhaul of Florida's school grading system that is at the heart of the state's relief from portions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. They argue that schools serving large numbers of English-language learners will be unfairly labeled with an F. Following recommendations from state Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson, the Florida board of education this month approved changes to the accountability system that will include factoring in English language learners' scores on state tests in mathematics and reading after just one year of instruction. More


Public schools see cuts eased in North Carolina House budget
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House budget panels approved large portions of their blueprint for North Carolina state government spending next year that restore funds to the public schools but leave intact many cuts to other agencies already approved last year. The six House budget subcommittees led by Republicans recommended adjustments to the second year of the two-year state budget implemented last year despite Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto. More

Public school standardized testing: Enough is enough for New York state kids
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Here is a modest proposal. Let's have private school students take the same standardized tests that public school students now take each year. While we are at it, let's require private school teachers to be absent from their students' classrooms for the same number of days as public school teachers, who now must serve as conscripted graders for the standardized tests. For public school children, it has been a long spring, shaped far too much by mandated testing. And the testing is not over. More

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Dog as teacher? Lessons in love, empathy and patience in a Baltimore classroom
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Da'Shawn Alston's turn comes first. For the next few seconds, the fifth-grader will be solely responsible for training Bella, an 80-lb Golden Retriever/Standard Poodle mix, who's become a regular at Yorkwood Elementary in northeast Baltimore. As classmates watch, Da'Shawn holds out the training baton. Bella touches the far end with her nose. Da'Shawn's face lights with a smile, and he presses the baton’s clicker to signal "good job." Bella gets a scrap of roast beef, too, courtesy of Bella's owner, Natalie Keegan. The dozen students in this special-needs classroom take their turns, one child after another looking beatific while interacting with the hypnotically calm and attentive Bella. More


Free bullying webinar coming up Wednesday
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Learn the latest strategies for combating bullying at your school with Bullying: Understanding the Problem, Defining Solutions, presented by The National Crime Prevention Council and School Improvement Network. Robin Young will describe strategies for assessing bullying problems, identifying effective prevention programs, and outlining effective behavior policies. Visit the NAESP webinar page for more on this presentation, and upcoming webinars. More

Time is running out to apply for two grant opportunities
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Strengthen arts education in your school with a 2012 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant. Crayola will award up to 20 grants, which include a $2,500 monetary award and $500 worth of Crayola products. The deadline to apply is June 15. Or, submit an essay to the School Grounds. Playgrounds. Common Ground.™ contest, and you could win $50,000 in inclusive playground equipment from Landscape Structures. The deadline for the contest is June 30. More

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