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Afternoon announcements: November 1, 2012

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November 01, 2012 07:50 pm

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The chilly weather and abundance of hot cider at every cafe and coffeeshop in town can only mean one thing – it’s November! Hope you’re staying warm and dry.

Many of us in the education sector advocate strongly for increased digital learning in the classroom. But recent surveys say that many teachers believe using digital technology in the classroom is a recipe for a shortened attention span and an excuse for distractions. The researchers emphasize that those are subjective opinions and not definitive evidence or proof. What we can know for sure is that technology is changing how students learn. New York Times

Romney is officially back on the campaign trail post-Sandy. He appeared in Tampa for the second time in five days earlier this week. Romney gave a shout-out to Gov. Jeb Bush, who joined him at the rally, saying Bush is the source of his education proposals. Tampa Bay Online

Mayland is seeing a rise in their high school graduation rates, according to information released by the State Department of Education on Wednesday. They found that 83 percent of students who began high school in 2007-2008 graduated in 2011, up from 82 percent in 2010. Baltimore Sun

Students in New York City will be out of school for the remainder of the week, due to the flooding and damage from superstorm Sandy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a press conference that he hopes schools will reopen by Monday. 1.1 million students are out of school Huffington Post

Obama has said in his campaign education platform that he wants to recruit 100,000 new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers by 2022. Is that enough? An opinion writer breaks down the numbers and the nation’s need. Washington Post

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