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Schools Ditch Classroom, Put Play Back in Education

Perhaps play is not the opposite of work, but synonymous with it. This theory is emerging from a growing body of scientific evidence, reviewed here by the University of Georgia, showing education is not the same as disinterested drudgery: For children and adults, "play is an important mediator for learning and socialization throughout life."

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Ann Arbor Schools Explore Coach Professional Development After Brawl

District officials at Ann Arbor Public Schools have started to explore options for coach professional development through the Michigan High School Athletic Association in the wake of an on-field football brawl between Huron and Pioneer.

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Minnesota High Schools Get Boost from Technology

Kevin Moorhead fires up the computer for his honors investing class at Champlin Park High School. He has a powerpoint ready to go as students filter in and grab their laptops.

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Detroit No. 2 in Percentage of Charter School Students

A national report released this week shows charter school enrollment continues to grow in Detroit, Michigan and across the nation. The seventh annual report by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools shows that Detroit now ranks No. 2 nationally when it comes to the percentage of students enrolled in charter schools.

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Flipped Classrooms Gain Ground

Five years ago, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams sent their respective students home with videos of themselves. Rather than assigning traditional homework, the teachers gave students time in class, with their close supervision and help, to put their learning into practice, giving rise to the concept of the 'flipped classroom'. Whether Bergmann and Sams were the first to practice flipped learning is probably unknowable, but they’re among its loudest proponents, having spoken at national conferences and co-authored the book, “Flip Your Classroom.”

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National Educational Technology Trends: 2012

This is SETDA's ninth annual report on select educational technology activities from across the nation. This study provides unique details on what state leaders are doing to leverage federal, state and local education programs.

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Ann Arbor School District Releases Superintendent Goals

Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Patricia Green received praise from the Board of Education in August for her “fabulous” and “ambitious” goals. Those goals were released to AnnArbor.com Thursday.

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New Orleans School Properties Headed to the Auction Block

The former Philip A. Capdau Junior High School is one of seven Orleans Parish School Board-owned properties that will go to auction on Thursday.

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SIIA Seeking Judges for CODiE Awards

SIIA, the Software & Information Industry Association, which runs the annual CODiE Awards Program for education products, is looking for educators and administrators in K12 interested in participating as judges for this year's competition. To sign up and help determine this year's winner and be part of recognizing the education software industry's highest quality products and services, contact Wendy Tanner, Awards Program Coordinator, with questions.

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Vermont DoE Report Shows Positive Special Ed Growth

Vermont's 2010-2011 Annual Performance Report announced approval ratings for 19 out of the 20 required indicators.

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