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Social media's impact in schools
eSchool News
When it comes to social media in schools, most students don't hesitate to collaborate with one another. But some schools and districts still worry about safety and responsible use. A new infographic lays out just how frequently, and in what ways, social media is being used in the classroom. Ninety-six percent of students with internet access said they use social networking technology, and 56 percent of those students talk about education-related topics while they're online. Fifty percent of students who use social networking to talk about education said they talk specifically about schoolwork.
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Missed summer learning spells out long-term struggles
NPR
At first glance, Horizons looks like an ordinary summer getaway for kids: There are games, bonding time and lots of bagged snacks. But along with the songs and the pool, there are fractions to memorize and online grammar quizzes to take. An affiliate of a, the program in Washington, D.C., is a six-week, free summer service for children from low-income families. Its purpose is simple: to make sure they don't fall behind in school by the time September rolls around. The program runs from kindergarten through ninth grade, bringing the children back every year.
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Tests linked to Common Core in critics' cross hairs
Education Week
Having failed to persuade lawmakers in any state to repeal the Common Core State Standards outright, opponents are training their fire on the assessments being developed to go with the standards and due to be rolled out for the 2014-2015 school year. They're using as ammunition concerns about costs and the technology required for those tests, in addition to general political opposition to the common core. A few states — including Georgia, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania — have already chosen to limit or end their participation in the assessments under development by two federally funded consortia, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
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Why we need to value students' spatial creativity
MindShift
At 16, Albert Einstein wrote his first scientific paper titled The Investigation of the State of Aether in Magnetic Fields. This was the result of his famous gedanken experiment in which he visually imagined chasing after a light beam. The insights he gained from this thought experiment led to the development of his theory of special relativity.
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iPad use in classroom ups communication in ASD
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
Use of handheld touch devices in classrooms may be beneficial for enhancing communication skills among children with autism spectrum disorders, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, held from July 31 to Aug. 4 in Honolulu. Rhonda McEwen, Ph.D., from the University of Toronto, examined the role that lower-cost, handheld touch technologies (Apple iPod Touch and iPad mobile) play in classroom instruction for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
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3 ways Web conferencing is transforming PD
THE Journal
In the first five articles of our series on technologies that enable collaboration, we highlighted ways to foster shared learning experiences among students. For our final installment — on Web and video conferencing — we shift the focus to teachers. States, school districts and groups of teachers are enhancing their professional collaboration opportunities through synchronous online meetings and asynchronous discussions, enabling teachers to reflect on their own work and form new relationships around common topics of interest.
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Report: Untapped opportunity exists with K-12 educational apps
Mobile Marketer
Opportunity abounds for application developers in mobile device management for K-12 education, according to a study by Interactive Educational Systems Design, Inc. and STEM Market Impact, LLC. IESD and STEM Market Impact found that mobile technology is increasingly playing a large role in K-12 education, creating the need for business leaders to react accordingly. The survey collected responses from 558 educators and is the second annual report.
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Teens' IQ takes a hit from fighting, study finds
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Taking a punch is more than a blow to a teenager's self-esteem. Teen girls who suffer just one fight-related injury experience an IQ loss that's equal to missing a year of school, and teen boys have a similar loss of IQ after two fight-related injuries, according to a new study. The findings are important because decreases in IQ are associated with poorer school and work performance, mental disorders, behavioral problems and even longevity, the Florida State University researchers noted.
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FCC steps up efforts to boost schools' online access
MindShift
Amidst all the exciting discussions of how to deepen student learning with digital and online tools is a much less exciting, but equally important question about how to schools pay for the expensive infrastructure like bandwidth, wireless networks, and basic internet connections central to new teaching methods. The federal government recognized this need in 1996 when the internet was in its infancy, creating the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, or E-rate, to help schools and libraries connect to the internet. The program funds the connectivity needs of the majority of public schools and libraries.
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Poll: Americans like Obama's universal pre-K plan
The Daily Caller
Over two-thirds of Americans support increased public funding for universal preschool programs, though experts find little evidence that this education policy works. A new poll found that 70 percent of respondents supported or strongly supported a deficit-neutral plan to fund universal preschool through a 94 percent increase on cigarette taxes. And although President Barack Obama is the chief proponent of such a policy, 60 percent of Republicans support it, according to the poll.
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Advocates raise concerns on looming 'sequester' cuts
Education Week
Education advocates and the Obama administration are anxiously eyeing a series of across-the-board cuts set to hit a broad swath of federal domestic and military spending programs early next year, unless a sharply divided Congress can agree on a long-term plan to put the nation's fiscal house in order. Most education lobbyists expect such a deal will prove elusive in the months leading up to the November elections, making the prospect of looming cuts in education and other programs a potentially volatile issue in the congressional and presidential campaigns. Congress then might have to scramble to reach an agreement on averting the cuts in a lame-duck session right after the elections.
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Advocates raise concerns on looming 'sequester' cuts
Education Week
Education advocates and the Obama administration are anxiously eyeing a series of across-the-board cuts set to hit a broad swath of federal domestic and military spending programs early next year, unless a sharply divided Congress can agree on a long-term plan to put the nation's fiscal house in order.

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8 ways kindergarten holds the key to 21st century instruction
eSchool News
Sam Gliksman, a contributor for eSchool News, writes: "I was recently giving a workshop at a local elementary school. While walking around and speaking to teachers and children, it suddenly dawned on me that several of the 'revolutionary' educational changes we've been calling for have actually been around for quite a while — just talk a stroll down to the kindergarten classes.

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Debating iPads or Chromebooks for 1:1? Why not both?
THE Journal
As more school districts consider 1:1 initiatives, they are faced with the decision of which device to roll out. Chromebooks and iPads are two popular choices, but instead of choosing between them, some innovative school districts are deploying both.

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Colorado begins controversial teacher-grading system
The Associated Press via The Denver Post
The video shows a fourth grade music teacher leading her pupils through four-beat patterns with a rest. Two dozen judges are watching, grading how well she's engaging students and leading the lesson. None of the judges is a music teacher. They're school administrators learning how to evaluate educators in a discipline not their own. It's no easy task, and as Colorado prepares for statewide implementation of standardized educator effectiveness ratings, it's the kind of thing many schools are going to be doing in every classroom.
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Slow PCs virtually useless in Columbus, Ohio, schools' classes
The Columbus Dispatch
Part of a 2008 Columbus, Ohio, City Schools bond issue paid for an $8.35 million classroom-computer system. Another bond issue this November would raise $1.6 million to make it work. The district's "cloud" computing system was billed as cutting-edge technology in 2008, but it turned out to be a clunker, according to the teachers union. Designed to save money on program licenses and maintenance, it was installed under the leadership of Rod Houpe, the then-chief information officer who had been hired by then-superintendent Gene Harris.
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New grading-system scrutiny may follow fall of Florida chief
Education Week
The fallout from Tony Bennett's sudden resignation from Florida's top education position amid a school-grading controversy stemming from his previous post in Indiana might alter the political environment around K-12 oversight and accountability, and trigger tougher questions for advocates of state policies that award letter grades to schools. Bennett stepped down Aug. 1, following disclosure of records from his tenure in Indiana showing he had adjusted the state's A-F grading system after learning a charter school that he had touted and that was run by a campaign contributor would earn a mediocre score for the 2011-2012 school year.
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Teacher credentialing should include mental health training
The Sacramento Bee (commentary)
California educators are on the front lines of a national epidemic: One in five young people experiences significant emotional distress each year, according to a UC San Francisco study. Unrecognized mental health issues can affect not only the learning of the child experiencing challenges but the whole classroom. Behavioral problems, bullying and drops in educational achievement can all result from untreated mental health issues, and the stigma and shame students feel as a result.
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Arizona Common Core Standards spur focus on parent involvement
The Arizona Republic
School course material in Arizona will be more difficult this year, not only for students but for their parents. It is two weeks into the school year in the Chandler Unified School District, and teacher Karen Meyer already has sent home three newsletters to the parents of her Tarwater Elementary School third-graders. They contained instructions for reinforcing what the kids learned during the day: Number sequences, phonics, grammar, spelling words and a 20-minute independent reading assignment.
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Apply for $5,00 Sharing the Dream grant
NAESP
NAESP has again partnered with the MetLife Foundation to offer the Sharing the Dream grant program. Schools have an opportunity to win $5,000 grants to support global learning projects that engage children in transformative, multidisciplinary learning experiences. The deadline for submitting a proposal is September 11, 2013.
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Rediscover your calling — and support your teachers in theirs
NAESP
In the Closing General Session for the NAESP 2013 Annual Conference, Adam Sáenz explained that, when it comes to teaching, there are two realities. The first is that teaching is not a job, or even a career — it is a calling. The second reality is that good teachers get no satisfaction from the calling. Instead, they find satisfaction in their lives and take that satisfaction to the calling.
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