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Online Learning Extends School Days in Chicago

photos.com To lengthen the school day by 90 minutes, some Chicago schools will be adding online classes after school, with support from economic stimulus funding, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. The extra time will be tacked on to the end of the school day. The block will be divided between math and … Continue reading Online Learning Extends School Days in Chicago →

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Teachers Create Reading App for Kids

Enterprising educators are getting into the app-making game with the creation of an app that helps kids learn how to read. ABC on the Go includes interactive ways for kids to recognize letters and sounds. Here’s a quick description from MacWorld: Classic mode showcases each letter in a slideshow format, with simple voice prompts to … Continue reading Teachers Create Reading App for Kids →

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Educators: Embrace Tech Tools!

Flickr: Editor B Keeping up with all the up-to-the-minute gadgetry can be overwhelming for anyone, but for educators who have to engage students who regularly use these tools all day long, it can be especially challenging. Education blogger Mary Calhoun Brown counts all the ways teachers can use the many pieces of technology available to … Continue reading Educators: Embrace Tech Tools! →

State School Chief Laments Loss of Federal Funds

In response the announcement that California did not receive any federal funds from the Race to the Top Program, a statement from State Schools’ Chief Jack O’Connell: “I am deeply disappointed that our application was not chosen as a winner in the Race to the Top competition. However, the loss of the funding may slow, … Continue reading State School Chief Laments Loss of Federal Funds →

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Teachers’ Roles Are Changing

An insightful quote about the changing state of teaching, from Michael Wilkinson, director of i-education,a UK-based education technology consulting firm. “The teacher’s role is changing and becoming more about facilitating effective learning as opposed to the transferral of knowledge.” “People who haven’t been born into this technological society have had to learn new technologies and … Continue reading Teachers’ Roles Are Changing →

The future is here: eye-controlled video games

In one of those “news from the future” pieces, a report from PC World: Waterloo Labs has come up with a way to control video games–specifically, Super Mario Bros 2 on the Nintendo Entertainment Sytem (NES) console–using only your eyes. That’s right–utilizing an eye-position-reading technique known as electro-oculography (EOG) and a custom daughter card, Waterloo … Continue reading The future is here: eye-controlled video games →

Echo Smartpen: A Tool for Special Ed Students

The Echo Smartpen The recently released Echo Smartpen, a high-tech pen that would impress the likes of James Bond, could be a helpful tool for kids with learning disabilities. Just a few of its superpowers: Holds 400 to 800 hours of recorded audio. Transfers written notes and audio to your computer. Built–in speaker plays back … Continue reading Echo Smartpen: A Tool for Special Ed Students →

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Digital Textbooks: Full interactive experience

Inkling An Inkling biology book on the iPad The full potential of digital textbooks is being realized with a new software platform called Inkling that brings the information to life on iPads, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. “The Inkling-based e-books make full use of the iPad’s color, video and touch … Continue reading Digital Textbooks: Full interactive experience →

Learn and Play: Fun Apps for Students

The Beautiful Planet App It may be a while before every student has an iPad to play and learn with at school, but when that time comes, they’ll have the benefit of a world of ooohhhh- and ahhhh-inducing apps that will add another dimension of fun to class time. ISTE, the International Society for Technology … Continue reading Learn and Play: Fun Apps for Students →

Digital Learning Council: bringing tech revolution to a school near you

photos.com More than 2 million students take online courses, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, according to an article in Education Week. To reach every student in the country, the newly formed 50-member Digital Learning Council has a plan. Create a set of best practices that would cover a range of digital learning … Continue reading Digital Learning Council: bringing tech revolution to a school near you →

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How to stop online bullying

Flickr: Hannahgal Bullying by text. As federal officials convene this week to find ways to prevent online bullying, parents can start taking action at home to help their kids take control of their digital worlds. A New York Times article today advises parents to closely monitor all the social networks they belong to and be … Continue reading How to stop online bullying →

Get a Hobby: Birdwatching, with apps

A bird in the hand… Apps are so great. Those little programs on your mobile phone — inexpensive, fun, and sometimes even useful — launch you into any number of worlds you want to find yourself. There are more than 245,000 apps in the Apple store alone. If you wished for a specific kind of … Continue reading Get a Hobby: Birdwatching, with apps →

Tracking devices on preschoolers

DothNotWisdomCryOut Filing this under the “is-that-really-necessary?” folder, hot off our Associated Press wire: Contra Costa County school officials are outfitting preschoolers with tracking devices that they say will save staff time and money. The system was introduced on Tuesday. When at the school, students will wear a jersey that has a small radio frequency tag. … Continue reading Tracking devices on preschoolers →

Wifi Radiation Hysteria in Canada Schools

The jury’s still out on whether wifi routers emit harmful radiation, but according to a Treehugger report, some teachers and parents in Ontario, Canada are blaming wifi as the cause of illness and seeking to ban it from schools. From Treehugger: Daniel Krewski, director of the McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment at the … Continue reading Wifi Radiation Hysteria in Canada Schools →

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