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Education Life: Socrates Takes a Back Seat to Business and Tech

NYT Education News - 11 hours 28 min ago
Looking to the future of a challenging profession, law schools want their students to be able to advise entrepreneurs in coming fields. That means learning quantitative skills, business and tech.

Evaluating That Third — Boring — Year

NYT Education News - 11 hours 28 min ago
Is three years in law school one too many?

Strauss: What do standardized tests actually test?

Washington Post Education News - 14 hours 27 min ago

What exactly do standardized tests test? In this post veteran educator Marion Brady  answers that question and its consequences for teaching and learning. Brady has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. His 2011 book, “What’s Worth Learning,” asks and answers this question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner? His course of study for secondary-level students, called “Connections: Investigating Reality,” is free for downloading here. Brady’s website is www.marionbrady.com.

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School Shelters Offer Limited Safety, and Even Less Comfort

NYT Education News - July 31, 2014 - 8:29pm
Life for about 200,000 people packed into more than 80 schools serving as shelters in Gaza is full of deprivation and discomfort.






How to Survive a Cyberattack

Educational Technology - July 31, 2014 - 7:40pm

By Phil Hardin, THE Journal

Here’s how a North Carolina district responded to a denial-of-service attack that came from one of its own schools. At 7:45 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013, 23,000 network users in the Rowan-Salisbury School System’s 35 schools were accessing their Web-based curriculum resources and administrative applications when suddenly all Internet connectivity stopped. The outage lasted for about an hour. Teachers had to quickly switch their lessons to a Plan B, since most had components that required Internet access. Internet connectivity returned briefly, but suddenly went down again for another hour. The Internet would go down for a third time before school ended.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/07/16/how-to-survive-a-cyberattack.aspx

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10 ways to tell you’re a tech-savvy educator

Educational Technology - July 31, 2014 - 7:36pm

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Technology is a necessary part of formal and informal learning today. After all, students will need tech skills as they move into college and the workforce. Using tech in the classroom today will help students develop and build those essential tech skills so that they can compete on a global scale. What does it mean to be a tech-savvy educator? Research and studies point to 10 distinguishing characteristics [2].

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/21/tech-savvy-educator-032/

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3 secrets to a successful digital transformation

Educational Technology - July 31, 2014 - 7:30pm

By Frank Portanova, eSchool News

In just one year of becoming all-digital, the Stepinac academic probation rate was cut in half. During the 2013-2014 school year, Archbishop Stepinac High School became an all-digital high school, with each of its 700 students utilizing a fully digital textbook library with more than 40 academic textbooks. This transformation has driven efficiencies in our school, created a more personalized learning environment for our students and, most importantly, has positively impacted student outcomes. I have highlighted three of the most valuable lessons we learned.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/22/school-digital-transformation-395/

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North Carolina Budget May Raise Teacher Pay

NYT Education News - July 31, 2014 - 7:17pm
The North Carolina Senate moved toward sealing a long-sought budget accord on Thursday, voting in favor of a $21 billion plan that would raise the salaries of public schoolteachers but impose cuts elsewhere in state government.






D.C. students’ proficiency rates inch upward on annual city tests

Washington Post Education News - July 31, 2014 - 5:42pm

Average student proficiency rates on the District’s annual standardized tests inched up in 2014, increasing 1.4 percentage points in math and less than one percentage point in reading, results that city leaders called steady-if-slow progress in improving academic prospects for the District’s children.

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High school suspensions plummet in Montgomery, falling nearly 37 percent

Washington Post Education News - July 31, 2014 - 4:54pm

High school suspensions in Montgomery County plummeted nearly 37 percent in the past school year as the district made concerted efforts to use alternatives to out-of-school punishment and reduce racial disparities in discipline.

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White House symposium focuses on family engagement

Washington Post Education News - July 31, 2014 - 4:06pm

A symposium at the White House Thursday explored how increasing family engagement can drive school improvement.

The meeting brought together administration officials, philanthropists, and researchers to discuss ways that parents and schools can work together more closely.

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District releases school-by-school DC CAS results

Washington Post Education News - July 31, 2014 - 3:12pm

D.C. officials released summary results of annual standardized tests Thursday morning, but just as interesting to many parents and policymakers are the results of individual schools.

School-by-school results, posted here, show a wide variation in performance among both traditional and charter schools.

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