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Morning Announcements: January 23, 2012

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January 23, 2012 04:49 pm

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It’s been quite some time since the Morning Announcements were actually in the morning, so why not brighten your cold, dreary day with a little bit of sunshine? Get up to speed with some of the latest in education news.

Technology is the word of the day and as we quickly approach Digital Learning Day, brought to you by the Alliance, we bring to you more stories related to the benefits and obstacles of applying technology based education in the classroom.

From CNN, technology giant IBM is hoping to solve their own unemployment crisis. Despite a large database of unemployed Americans ready to get back to work, IBM executives say they are having a hard time filling those positions because few candidates have the backgrounds in math and science to qualify. So the company is hoping to change that by fostering future employees among high school students.

It can be hard to volunteer at schools simply for an inability to be there in person at times when students and learners are best available. With advances in technology and due to an increased need for community involvement, newly designed software is allowing tutors to meet with beginning readers online. The New York Times highlights new methods of uniting learners with volunteers through the computer, not the classroom.

36 states around the country are taking part in Digital Learning Day and recognizing the advantages of providing online learning in the classroom. According to the Boston Globe, school officials in Vermont’s largest city are considering providing portable computers or iPads to all middle and high school students.

There may be a glimmer of hope in reaching a compromise between federal, state, and local school districts with teachers unions when it comes to creating a concrete system for teacher evaluations. As the New York Times points out, disagreements between unions and politicians on how best to assess teachers are not as significant as the amount of agreement.

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