Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 08/31/2012

  • Shmoop Essay Lab: Start Here

    Shmoop has a free Essay lab to help students write. They do have a college essay “tweaker” to help you with that s well. I'm not sure how that works, but certainly for kids who struggle, it might be a good option.

    tags: education engchat news literature_teacher

  • ICT-in-Education Online Community • View topic – UNESCO Policy Guidelines on Mobile Learning

    UNESCO is in the process of developing a set of policy guidelines for mobile learning aimed at high-level policy makers. To create guidelines that are practical, informative and balanced, they are seeking input from the public. Please consider reviewing and providing input on the guidelines. http://ict.unescobkk.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=57603 Public comment will close on 2 September 2012. Drawing on the collective feedback from a range of mobile learning stakeholders, UNESCO will publish a final version of the policy guidelines in early 2013.

    tags: education news flatclass

  • SchoolSpeedTest – National School Broadband Test

    On September 10th, the non-profit organization EducationSuperHighway will launch a School Speed Test in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education to take an inventory of the state of Internet access in America's K-12 schools.  Their objective is to collect 1 million responses (10 per school) on the ACTUAL performance of the Internet in our classrooms and school libraries. The information gathered will be used to raise awareness of the need to upgrade the Internet access in our schools as a prerequisite to digital learning. It will also help guide the allocation of $2.5 billion in annual funding for school Internet access upgrades. To register for the test, go to www.SchoolSpeedTest.org.

    tags: education news

  • QFI / WeVideo Behind the Scenes – YouTube

    Looking at Wevideo, a tool that I'm going to be testing with students that allows students to edit video together. This is great.

    tags: education video teaching news flatclass

  • National Survey of Children Exposed to Violence | Safe Start Center

    This infographic is a great one to share with teachers and administrators and shows that 1 in 10 children have seen a family member assaulted in the past year — even more of them have been assaulted themselves. The infographic shows the warning signs of exposure to violence as well. Share this one with your staff.

    tags: education news violence back2school

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