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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.
 
New Charter Schools Coming to Arkansas
posted by: Alix | July 08, 2011, 04:07 pm   


So far this year, fourteen different organizations have sent the Arkansas Department of Education letters of intent to open 37 new charter schools across the state. These groups want to open independently run, publicly chartered schools in the 2012-13 school year. The final application deadline for opening a charter school is August 30.

 
Talk to Teachers Using #edchat
posted by: Jill | July 07, 2011, 11:39 am   

Last week I posted about my week at ISTE, a fabulous education technology conference, and my fabulous colleague, Alix, posted about Twitter for Teachers. I was elated that she wrote such a timely article because I had just attended a workshop about how Twitter is changing professional development and teacher interaction throughout the world. (Here is a basic video about Twitter. And here is a video that explains why it's beneficial for companies, organizations, and groups of professionals, like teachers.)
 
The Great Homework Debate
posted by: Alix | July 01, 2011, 10:59 am   

What are your thoughts about homework in today's world? Conventional wisdom suggests students need homework to teach them to work independently and to reinforce curriculum after an initial lesson. While this is the intent of home-based projects, parents and students have been complaining that evenings filled with piles of worksheets can take away time from extracurricular activities and can be unfair to students without the proper home support. As a result, in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the school board has enacted a new policy that homework can count for only 10% of a student's overall grade.
 
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