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PLUGGED IN (September 20, 2012)powered by iNACOL…News…A Digital Tool to Unlock LearningNew York TimesWhen we think about education reform, we usually focus on teacher quality. The big battleground in education revolves around holding teachers accountable for their performance. With all the focus on teachers, however, one group that is often forgotten as a key learning resource are the students (read)Students in Saline encouraged to ‘Bring Your Own Devices’ to schoolSaline Reporter | Saline, MIAs expensive technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, the Saline school district has solved the problem of staying current and being able to afford it by encouraging students to bring their own devices to school. The concept, first introduced at Saline Middle School last spring, allows students to bring (read)Riverpoint Academy has technology at coreSpokesman-Review | Spokane, WAMead’s newest high school is miles away from Mt. Spokane and Mead both in environment and educational styles. Riverpoint Academy opened its doors this fall in the Innovate Washington building, on the banks of the Spokane River near downtown. The academy is a collaboration of the Mead School District and (read)Your View: Give students best technology to learnStandard-Times | New Bedford, MASept. 24 is an important date, when the voters of Freetown will go to the polls to decide whether to support short-term borrowing for the Freetown Lakeville Regional School District technology infrastructure upgrade. Lakeville approved the borrowing on Sept. 15. The total planned cost of this upgrade is $903,000 (read)New School: A Tumblr for Making Your Own TextbooksThe AtlanticOur first stop in Ann Arbor today was at TechBrewery, a co-working space for start-ups at the western edge of University of Michigan’s campus. Housed in an historic building that was a brewery in the late 19th century and a foundry in the 1920s, the place has all the old industrial trappings that make for great (read)Wash. school tries iPads instead of textbooksAssociated Press (Washington)It could have been any other band class: Teacher Nathan Sackman told his students to sit up straight on the edge of their seats last week at 10th Street School. Then came the unusual. He asked his students to reposition the iPads on the music stands in front of them. “Do you like them in regular paper mode (read)Teacher Training Needed to Meet Technology Needs in ClassroomsU.S. News & World ReportAs more students grow up as digital natives, there is a greater need for high schools to adapt to technology changes. In a recent study by Dell, which surveyed 1,575 high school and college students, teachers, and parents in the United States, China, and Germany, 9 in 10 respondents said technology helps (read)Education column: Today’s teachers armed with more toolsClovis News Journal | Clovis, NMThese days we hear and read about too many negative aspects of education without considering the dramatic shifts that have taken place in the classrooms of today. Technology has impacted education, but teaching has also actually changed considerably. Today’s challenges require greater demands on all (read)Startups put new spin on online teachingSan Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco, CAEren Bali spent his early years in a one-room schoolhouse in a remote village in southeast Turkey. One teacher taught all the students. Highly motivated to learn more, Bali poked around on the Internet and taught himself advanced mathematics. When he was 15, he won the gold medal in Turkey’s National (read)Is Online Education Plateauing?SlateIn hip economic circles there’s enormous enthusiasm about the potential of online education services to transform the sector in much the way that digital technology has drastically altered the news business. But Kay Steiger notes some evidence that on the student side interest in this option is plateauing rather ( read)Regis Catholic Schools using iPad apps in the classroomWEAU-TV | Eau Claire, WIForget worksheets, textbooks, and white boards and think tablets. Physics students at Regis Catholic High School are putting down their pencils and using a touch screen. “Your books on the iPad your calculator is on the iPad, we use it for pretty much everything,” said Vince Killian, Regis Senior. The iPads are (read)Daniel Boone officials want to create online schoolReading Eagle | Reading, PADr. Gary L. Otto can see where the future of education lies. And the Daniel Boone superintendent wants to make sure his district is up to speed before it’s too late. After the school board wrapped its budget discussions this summer, Otto brought up the idea of looking into offering an online school within the (read)Pa. Cyber Charter School fires four top officialsPittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pittsburgh, PAThe Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School’s board voted late Monday to terminate four high-ranking staff members and one of its longtime legal advisers. Gone are the school’s director, Andrew Oberg, finance director, Scott Antoline, personnel director, Nancy Yanyanin, and compliance officer, Judy Shopp. (read)More oversight needed for Florida charter, virtual schoolsSun Sentinel | Fort Lauderdale, FLImagine a school where you show up for classes one day to discover – so sorry – that the school has been closed. Or imagine a school where you don’t have to go to school, and where as many as 275 kids who sidle up to their home computers are “taught” by a single teacher. Welcome to the darker side of (read)Charter school board at capacity, preparing for review of at least 8 applicationsBangor Daily News | Bangor, METhe Maine Charter School Commission welcomed two new members Wednesday as it gears up for another busy season of considering at least eight applications for new charter schools in Maine. The State Board of Education approved John Bird of Spruce Head Wednesday to replace Donald Mordecai, who resigned (read)Project RED Selects First 10 Signature Districts: Community of Practice Helps Drive School Reform Based on Technology IntegrationPress ReleaseAs the leader in 1:1 technology implementation research, Project RED has made a commitment to bring its research practices to action. As part of this commitment, the organization has selected 10 districts to become Project RED Signature Districts. Through a competitive application process, these districts (read)Stay connected:
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