Google offers an easy and efficient way to personalize e-mail communication with students, according to Howard Walker, an instructional technology coach with Oklahoma City Public Schools. In this blog post, he shares how Yet Another Mail Merge works and why it could be useful for teachers.
Arkansas, like Ohio, has chosen to redefine what it means to be proficient on exams aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers sets proficiency at level 4 or higher for participating states. However, students in Arkansas who score at level 3 or higher are now considered proficient.
Schools and cities are changing how they recognize Columbus Day. Eight US cities now celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day. In the San Francisco Unified School District, students celebrate Columbus/Indigenous Peoples Day/El Dia de La Raza.
Attacks against cloud applications were up 45% last year as more users moved their private information to the cloud, an Alert Logic report says. "[W]eb applications are target-rich. ... But often, there's not enough security built into these applications," says Alert Logic's Rahul Bakshi. Despite the surge, the report notes that on-premises breaches still account for twice as many attacks as do cloud-based hacks.
Colleges and universities continue to struggle with balancing their dual missions of promoting academic research and education with the need to ensure that data remains secure on campus networks.
As the idea of providing free college tuition to many students gains popularity in political circles, some leaders are proposing that students be required to work while in college. Some state aid programs already require students to work, and research shows higher completion rates among students who work between 10 and 15 hours a week.
The fall harvest of pumpkins can help teachers in the classroom, kindergarten teacher Brian Smith writes. In this blog post, he offers pumpkin-themed classroom activities, such as having students estimate which pumpkins have the most seeds -- and shares how students find the answers.
Being a "Connected" educator with a capital "C" means being collaborative, consistent, committed and creative, education leader Fred Ende writes in this blog post. "We may showcase some of these "Cs" at some times, but rarely do we CAPITALIZE on all of them," he notes.
There remains unfinished business for the US Education Department before Education Secretary Arne Duncan steps down in December. This article examines how the changing leadership will affect initiatives such as the No Child Left Behind rewrite, NCLB waivers and teacher accountability.
The "go and show" model of professional development encourages teachers to demonstrate what they have learned in training when they return to the classroom. In this commentary, George Saltsman, an associate research professor, suggests the method is preferable to "sit and get."
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