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  • Instructor-Made Videos as a Learner Scaffolding Tool
  • instructor-made videos (IMVs) of three to 10 minutes in length on problematic topics or subject matter areas were produced for business, chemistry, and mathematics courses.
  • Initial findings revealed that multimodal IMVs involving the demonstration, illustration, and presentation of key terms, knowledge, skills, and resources can help students understand important procedures, structures, or mechanisms in previously problematic content. Simply stated, IMVs can have a positive impact on student learning.

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  • Stretching Your Technology Dollar  


    Doug Johnson

  • As district budgets shrink, technology departments will most certainly be affected. Here are 10 strategies to help you make the most of your technology dollar.
  • 1. Use effective budgeting techniques.

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  • There's Arsenic in Your Kids' Apple Juice

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  • The FDA currently does not regulate arsenic levels in fruit juices, CR reports. But for bottled and tap water, the agency enforces a standard of no more than 10 parts per billion of arsenic.
  • Samples were drawn from juice in both concentrate and ready-to-drink forms, including juice boxes. All of the samples contained discernible arsenic samples; nine of them, or 10 percent of the total, were found to have arsenic levels that exceeded the drinking-water limit of 10 parts per billion. The samples were also tested for lead—and 25 percent showed levels higher than the FDA's lead standard for bottled water, which is 5 ppb. 

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  • Despite $10M allocation, story of HISD libraries looks grim

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  • Houston ISD libraries have slipped into further disrepair, despite a $10 million investment over the last three years.


    More than 80 percent of HISD libraries fail to meet state guidelines for staffing and book collections, and an additional 20 percent of the district's 289 schools don't even have functioning libraries, according to Houston Independent School District data.

  • "It's incredibly disheartening when the largest district in Texas has librarians at less than half of its campuses," said Gloria Meraz, Texas Library Association spokeswoman.

  • Stepping Into the Breach
  • By Sue Marquette Poremba
  • almost every school has suffered a breach or an exposure at some point.

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  • The New Einsteins Will Be Scientists Who Share 

    From cancer to cosmology, researchers could race ahead by working together—online and in the open

  • In January 2009, a mathematician at Cambridge University named Tim Gowers decided to use his blog to run an unusual social experiment. He picked out a difficult mathematical problem and tried to solve it completely in the open, using his blog to post ideas and partial progress.
  • The discussion ignited, and in just six weeks, the mathematical problem had been solved.

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    The End of Isolation


      Elizabeth Alderton

      University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
      Oshkosh, WI 54901 USA


    Eric Brunsell
      University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
      Oshkosh, WI 54901 USA


    Damian Bariexca
      Lawrence Township Public Schools
      Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 USA

  • This research study provides new insight into how teachers use social networking sites, such as Twitter, as professional learning networks.
  • The K-12 educators in this study engaged in true dialogue, where evidence of actual conversation occurred in Twitter over 61% of the time. Additionally, over 82% of the time, the educators in this study chose to follow other educators or content experts related to their field of teaching so they were able to create a personal learning network meaningful to their professional needs. Analysis of data shows that a majority of tweets were educationally focused and were primarily in the categories of practice/philosophy, questions, and sharing of resources.

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    • Pearson Debuts Free LMS with Google Apps Integration

  • Publishing and education tech behemoth Pearson has introduced a new, free, cloud-based LMS for higher education. OpenClass, as the LMS is named, is expected to appear in the Google Apps Marketplace for Education Oct. 18.
  • Users will be able to launch OpenClass from within Google Apps or access their Google applications from OpenClass, which, the company declared, has no hardware, licensing, or hosting costs.


    "OpenClass has huge potential for higher education," said Adrian Sannier, senior vice president of Learning Technologies at Pearson. "OpenClass accelerates what technology will do for learning with a free, open and innovative platform that easily scales and lets students work via social media, with an intense focus on learning that elevates achievement."

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  • How Did the Robot End Up With My Job?

  • the main reason for our 9.1 percent unemployment rate is the steep drop in aggregate demand in the Great Recession. But it is not the only reason. “The Great Recession” is also coinciding with — and driving — “The Great Inflection.”
  • The connected world was a challenge to blue-collar workers in the industrialized West. They had to compete with a bigger pool of cheap labor. The hyperconnected world is now a challenge to white-collar workers. They have to compete with a bigger pool of cheap geniuses — some of whom are people and some are now robots, microchips and software-guided machines.

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    • Texas Schools, Publishers Adjust to Power Shift

  • A new state law that decentralizes the selection and purchase of instructional materials for public school students has sparked significant discussion about how it will affect the power of the politically charged State Board of Education to control what’s taught in Texas classrooms.
  • School districts are also using the same money to support technological hardware like iPads and salaries for technology training and support staff.

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    • Online enrollment drops

      State funding cuts chip away at programs

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  • State cuts totaling $4 billion over two years are taking a bite out of online learning programs and eating into budgets for traditional classrooms.

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  • Encouraging Innovation


    By Tim Holt

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  • In 2008, Scarborough Research named El Paso, Texas, the top texting market in the United States among cell phone users age 18 and older. As director of instructional technology for the 65,000-student El Paso Independent School District, I find this statistic telling.
  • If you count cell phones and other Wi-Fi–capable devices, K–12 may be close to achieving a one-to-one student-to-computer ratio — the Holy Grail of educational technology. We’ve gotten there, in large part, through no concerted effort of our own.

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  • Social networking helps students perform better, professor says

  • Can spending time on sites like Facebook actually help kids in school?


    That’s what new research from the University of Maryland suggests. Professor Christine Greenhow has found that students build important bonds when they connect with school friends on social networking sites.

  • “When kids feel connected and have a strong sense of belonging to the school community, they do better in school,” said Greenhow, an education professor. “They persist in school at higher rates and achieve at higher rates. ... It’s pretty promising that engaging in social networking sites could help them to develop and deepen their bonds over time.”

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