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How rural schools paid for students' home Internet to transform learning
MindShift
Like many districts serving low-income populations, it was fairly easy for Piedmont City School District officials in Alabama to find funds for devices. District officials wanted to leverage technology to open up opportunities for the 1,240 students in this rural community, so they started sending devices home with kids in grades 4-12 in 2009 through a program they call mPower Piedmont. However, lack of access to the Internet after school and in kids' homes became a major obstacle to learning with those devices.
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What every school can learn from preschools
NPR
Listening. Sharing. Following directions. Making friends. Managing big emotions. Planning for the future. A high-quality preschool program helps children develop in all these ways. But, a new report argues, such matters of the heart shouldn't be left behind just as students are learning to tie their shoes. Melissa Tooley and Laura Bornfreund of the New America Foundation write that schools should focus on these same skills, habits, attitudes, and mindsets with older kids. They say research shows they're just as important as academics.
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What we talk about when we talk about best practices: Methods and approaches
By: Debra Josephson Abrams
The previous two articles in this series examined the elements that constitute a best practices ESL program and began looking at the components of a best practices curriculum. Today, we look at the differences between methods and approaches and the critical application of multiple intelligence theory, learning styles theory and learning strategies. Best practices research distinguishes between methods and approaches and asserts that educators must have the flexibility to adapt their pedagogical approaches as necessary.
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Coding classes lead to 21st century skill development
eSchool News
Adeline Brutger peered at the screen of her mini-laptop. The Grand Forks third-grader described three cartoon figures she was using in her story, two of which appeared to be walking down a road. One, a blob-like character, hovered in the sky. Her plot was simple: One character says something mean to the other, and the latter whispers that he doesn't appreciate the mean words. The third character says he doesn't like the bullying that's happening.
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Literacy through photography for English-language learners
Edutopia
Enter most schools and you will hear about literacy instruction or the "literacy block." However, literacy is not a subject — it is something much bigger. Paulo Freire encouraged a broader definition of literacy to include the ability to understand both "the word and the world." Literacy includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and analyzing a wide range of texts that include both print and non-print texts.
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Schools teach Common Core math to two generations
Education Week
Schools around the country are holding math nights, sending letters home, and posting videos on their websites to teach parents about the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, which require students to use calculation methods that many parents never learned. The result is that initially frustrated parents, once they fully grasp the new strategies, often end up convinced they're a good way to learn, educators and parents here and in other districts say.
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    When teachers and administrators collaborate (Edutopia)
How poorly designed classroom space puts student learning at risk (The Hechinger Report (commentary))
8 bright ideas from National Principals Month (NAESP)
Common Core reading: Difficult, Dahl, repeat (NPR)

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7 telling statistics about the state of K-12 online learning
EdTech Magazine
A new report on the state of K–12 online education shows growth in the world of connected instruction, but some states are still putting up barriers to bringing classrooms online. Keeping Pace with K–12 Digital Learning, the 11th edition of Evergreen Education Group's annual study, is a 176-page, detailed analysis on how schools across the country have been incorporating online instruction. The report reaches two conclusions: Students have more online learning options than ever before, but wide gaps remain in how these options are distributed among schools. The report also raises concerns about the lack of studies tracking digital learning activities.
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           enhances any reading, spelling, penmanship, and composition curriculum
           including Common Core expectations.


5 teaching and learning grants you don't want to miss
eSchool News
School funding is a challenge even in the post prosperous of times, especially when it comes to ed tech–technology is always changing, and maintaining or upgrading initiatives, tools, or resources is not always free. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students.
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Protecting data privacy at school and at play
The New York Times
Like many parents, Michelle Finneran Dennedy, who lives with her family in the Bay Area, likes to keep tabs on what her children and their friends are doing online. She intervened, for instance, when she overheard a conversation in the back of her car between her daughter and a friend about Instagram, the photo-sharing site. While Ms. Dennedy has told her daughter not to accept online friend or follower requests from strangers, the other girl, who frequently posted images of herself on Instagram, declared that she had more than 2,000 followers.
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As winter approaches, virtual school replaces snow days in some districts
The Hechinger Report
In the Owsley County School District in Kentucky, each winter there are more than 30 days when there's too much snow to get students to school safely. So the district, located in a rural area south of the Daniel Boone National Forest, pioneered virtual school in the winter several years ago, getting students to hang up sleds and log online for classes on snow days. Although many remote areas of the country lack access to high-speed Internet service, that is not a problem in this district. But some students do not have computers at home.
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Report: Testing and assessment products are now the biggest category of education technology sales
THE Journal
The education division of the Software & Information Industry Association has released the first report in a new series of Behind the Data publications. According to Testing and Assessment: A PreK-12 U.S. Education Technology Market Report, testing and assessment products — which include software, digital content and related digital services — now make up the largest single category of educational technology sales.
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Old tactic gets new use: Public schools separate girls and boys
The New York Times
In one third-grade classroom, the walls are bordered by cheetah and zebra prints, bright pink caddies hold pencils and glue sticks, and a poster at the front lists rules, including "Act pretty at all times!" Next door, cutouts of racecars and pictures of football players line the walls, and a banner behind the teacher's desk reads "Coaches Corner." The students in the first class: girls. Next door: boys.
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Feedback and communication: 2 top things, part 2
Connected Principals (commentary)
Larry Fliegelman, a contributor for Connected Principals blog, writes: "In my last post, I came to the brilliant conclusion that Feedback and Communication are the Top 2 Things that Teachers want from the Principal. Nothing really new here. In fact, if you've been reading education blogs during the last five years, you will see these two themes, or variations thereof, come up nearly every day. In any case, I promised in my last post that I would follow up with a post that describes some of the ways that I communicate and provide feedback. So here it goes."
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Schools 'ruled' by mean boys, not mean girls
Medical News Today
Debunking the myth of the "mean girl," new research from the University of Georgia has found that boys use relational aggression — malicious rumors, social exclusion and rejection — to harm or manipulate others more often than girls. The longitudinal study, published online in the journal Aggressive Behavior, followed a cohort of students from middle to high school and found that, at every grade level, boys engaged in relationally aggressive behavior more often than girls.
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FBI seizes Los Angeles schools' IPad documents
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
The U.S. attorney's office subpoenaed the Los Angeles Unified School District for records pertaining to its $1 billion iPad project as part of a federal grand jury probe. A copy of the subpoena released Tuesday requests all documents related to proposals for the district's cornerstone technology initiative, which has been plagued with problems since its rollout last year. The requested records include proposal scoring documents, review committee files and employee information, among other materials.
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States' charter school policies ranked for accountability
USA Today
Michigan has one of the worst ratings in a first-ever analysis of state policies for holding charter school authorizers accountable for their schools' academic performance. According to a report by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Michigan received only three out of a possible 27 points when its state policies were measured against the organization's own best practices. NACSA is a Chicago-based organization that advocates for strong accountability laws for charter authorizers.
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To close the achievement gap, extra hours in school have to be better hours
The Hechinger Report
As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ushers in a huge expansion of after-school programs for middle schoolers, educators and advocates are debating whether the new programs are academic enough. How students and teachers should spend their time when kids are behind is among the most pressing and vexing questions in education today, and it's one we have spent the past year exploring.
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California's K-12 funding overhaul slowly takes root
Education Week
Aiming to fund its schools more efficiently and effectively, California has chosen an unusual, lead-from-behind approach that provides more state money to districts, but pushes communities to hold their local schools accountable for how that aid is used and for student performance. How this looks in practice varies widely, as districts throughout California put the state's Local Control Funding Formula and new, locally driven accountability plans into full effect this school year.
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Strengthen your team: Strategies from Principal magazine
NAESP
The November/December issue of Principal magazine examines the principal's role in supporting teachers and providing instructional leadership. Explore articles on instructional coaching, unconferences, and multiplying teacher talent. Don't miss the feature on blended learning at the elementary level. Plus, download the digital edition to read on your iPad.
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8 Bright Ideas from National Principals Month
NAESP
During National Principals Month in October, NAESP celebrated by collecting and sharing "31 Days of Bright Ideas and Best Practices." These top tips and inspiration were submitted by members of the 2014 class of National Distinguished Principals and shared on Facebook and Twitter. Here are your favorites, based on Facebook "likes" and shares.
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