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Afternoon Announcements: Digital Tech a ‘Growing Force’ in the Classroom

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March 30, 2015 01:18 pm

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As with the rest of society, technology is a growing force in the education world. From online projects to interactive projector displays, the use of digital applications and computers is becoming more and more prevalent in classrooms. The Telegraph

For all the pushback against the Common Core, more than 40 states are still on board. Efforts to repeal the Common Core this year in Arkansas and Mississippi, for instance, led instead to commissions that will study the issue. In short – It isn’t going away. Governing

This is a transition year for the California State University’s Early Assessment Program, a decade-old early warning system that tells 11th-graders whether they are prepared for college-level work – and steps they should take if they’re not. EdSource

For teachers, the impending Smarter Balanced assessment test has forced many to integrate Common Core more deeply and completely than in past years. And it means many are getting up in front of their classes and trying something new. Newsworks

And with them comes the responsibility to ensure children are safe when they log in to play games, chat with friends and explore the world. The U.S. Department of Education last week released new tools for educators to help them keep student information safe. The Hechinger Report

A New York state budget agreement reached Sunday night will make teachers wait an extra year to become eligible for tenure, establishes a state-imposed model for turning around struggling schools, and increases education spending. Chalkbeat NY

Chris Hoffman, superintendent of the Elk Grove Unified School District in California, is the first superintendent of the district to have received his K-12 education there. He talked with EdSource recently about preparing teachers and students for the Common Core standards in his district.

What if new tools could help teachers get these hours back? Each minute teachers spend managing large group procedures takes away from time they could spend on the hard work of teaching, such as differentiating instruction or developing students’ socio-emotional skills. edSurge

 

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