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Monday, May 7, 2012
eSchool News This Week: May 7, 2012
this week's top news: An initiative to increase student academic
achievement, gender issues in college computer classes, our May eSchool of
the Month winner, experts campaign for mobile learning, educational gaming
on the rise, and more.
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Ed-tech group IDs ways to help
boost achievement An initiative that uses research to
identify ways to use educational technology successfully soon will launch
a professional learning community with resources and collaborative
opportunities to help school and district leaders better prepare students
for a global economy. [ Read
global educator recognition program–Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US
Forum– aims to seek out and showcase innovative K-12 U.S. [ Read
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Publisher's Report: Visibility within the cloud With
earlier technologies, the term "cloud computing" was an apt
description: As users connected to the cloud, the system couldn't
"see" the type of device they were using--so it delivered the
same experience whether they were using a desktop, laptop, or mobile
device. Now, that's starting to change. eSN
Publisher's Report: Creating a safe and positive learning environment School
bullying is now at crisis levels in the U.S., and it's one of the primary
challenges that school leaders face in managing the learning environment.
As school leaders look for ways to deal with this problem, some are turning
to a promising new technology platform for help
The explosion of mobile devices in schools underscores the
need for fast, secure, reliable, and easy-to-manage wireless internet
access—enabling students to learn anytime, anywhere, while letting school
leaders focus on instruction rather than solving IT issues.
Mobile learning is growing by leaps and bounds, and mobile
learning devices are no longer restricted to the classroom. Most students,
including young students, own or have access to cell phones, iPods,
tablets, or other handheld devices—and school administrators are quickly
realizing that students can use those devices to access school websites,
classroom assignments, and other educational resources from both school and
Succeeding in college today
can be a daunting challenge for students without the necessary study skills
or those with learning disabilities. Students must adapt not only to a
whole new learning environment, but also to a more rigorous and advanced
Flipped learning has taken the education world by storm.
The newest teaching and learning method--in which students watch videos and
learn course content outside of the classroom, and then come to class to
complete "homework" with the help of instructors and
peers--raises many questions about how instruction can be completely
transformed to engage students more effectively..
Communication has changed,
and students and educators are increasingly using video technologies in all
aspects of education.
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