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Morning Announcements: February 28, 2013

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February 28, 2013 03:45 pm

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Good morning and welcome to your announcements! Today is the last day of February. Yes, it is only the 28th day of the month. If you feel cheated by not having at least two if not three more days in this month, you’re not alone. Calendar class action lawsuit, anyone?

Before we jump into it this morning we want to draw your attention to two great events here at the Alliance today. First., at 1pm EST, join us for a #FixFinAid Twitter Town Hall. This Town Hall will examine solutions for the federal student aid system that can benefit students and spur college completion. Then, immediately following the Town Hall, join us for a webinar titled “Planning for Progress in Digital Learning: Introduction to Technology and Infrastructure,” that’s related to our Project 24 initiative. We hope to see you at both of these!

Now onto your announcements!

First, The Washington Post reports on a survey from the Pew Research Center that finds that “half of all students in higher income families have access to the Internet at home through a computer or mobile device. The figure drops to 20 percent for middle income children and just 3 percent of students from poor homes.” This is a troubling finding given how critical Internet resources are in today’s classrooms and the world at-large.

Speaking of the Internet and technology being in classrooms, Education Week reports that the Tripod Professional Development Research Project is examining technology-related methods of professional development. The study is based in Memphis, Tennessee and will look at two different methods of technology PD: “In one group, teachers are videotaping themselves in class and then working with coaches by telephone and email to boost their skills. In the other group, teachers are tapping into an online community that features discussion boards and resources for improvement. Evaluators will use a student survey and achievement data to determine the impact of each form of professional development.”

Finally, Utahn (did you know that was the demonym for people from Utah? Also, “demonym” is your word of the day) high school students may need to get more familiar with the ACT. This based on the bill just passed by the state Senate and now headed to the House that would require “schools to give a college readiness test, such as the ACT, to all high school juniors and could require schools to give other tests in earlier grades geared toward predicting success in higher education.” The Salt Lake Tribune has more.

Thanks for joining us for your announcements today, we hope to see you at one or both of our events today! Have a great day!

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