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Know Edmodo
posted by: Jill | July 20, 2011, 09:25 am   

How much have you developed your Professional Learning Community? (PLC) Or maybe a Professional Learning Network? (PLN) Does your school lack in funding for professional development? Or maybe you would like to have a social networking experience with your students and your school blocks Facebook/Twitter. Or maybe you just aren't quite ready to conquer Twitter language? Perhaps you have recently moved to a new state and you're trying to learn the ropes of teaching a new population of students. Or maybe you're at a school that, unfortunately, lacks opportunities for collaborating with your colleagues. Want to find new teaching strategies? Or develop a different content-specific curriculum?
 
President Obama Meets with Corporate CEOs to Solicit Education Dollars
posted by: Alix | July 18, 2011, 04:23 pm   

Corporate donations to public education are common place in today's struggling financial climate. Last fall, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged an unprecedented $100 million to the ailing Newark, New Jersey's school system. Today, in an effort to spur additional private donations, President Obama held a roundtable discussion at the White House with like-minded CEOs to raise private funds for American K-12 education. Following today's closed door meeting, three companies including Bank of America, Microsoft, and Nike announced new pledges totaling $66 million toward education programs.
 
Atlanta Cheating Scandal Raises Testing Questions
posted by: Alix | July 15, 2011, 10:59 am   

One of our country's largest school systems is experiencing the scandal of a generation. Based upon the findings of a July report commissioned by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, it was revealed that nearly 80 percent of Atlanta's schools showed signs of cheating by teachers on statewide performance tests. As new revelations surface daily, blame is shifting from teachers to administrators, and everyone else in between, raising even larger questions about the intense pressure teachers are facing over state and federal testing mandates.
 
Farm-to-School Programs Catching On
posted by: Alix | July 14, 2011, 10:02 am   

With the movement toward healthy eating gaining steam among national advocates like First Lady Michelle Obama, the prospect of serving locally grown produce to students is making headway in districts across the country. This practice, known as "farm-to-school," is even winning acclaim from the Department of Agriculture, the agency responsible for school lunches among American students.
 
Follow the Golden Rules of Technology in School
posted by: Jill | July 13, 2011, 03:07 pm   

Engaging an audience with humor and anecdotes, eduteacher founder, Adam S. Bellow, shared his The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools while at the ISTE Conference this past June in Philadelphia.
 
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