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Google Alerts and your organization's digital reputation

Richard Byrne discusses social media strategies for leaders of schools and organizations. Learn what happens when someone Googles your organization. Find out how Google Alerts can keep you informed about what is being said about your district.

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New Media Consortium launches free Facebook-based teacher training

The New Media Consortium opened enrollment for its free, online mini-course, “Applications of Social Media for STEMx Teaching,” which will take place on Facebook. The NMC is the first known education organization to offer a course that takes place exclusively on a Facebook community page.

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How do we engage students in learning that matters?

Julie Wilson, founder and executive director of the Institute for the Future of Learning, writes in the Partnership for 21st Century Skills blog about engaging students in real-world, project-based learning.

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Connecticut names Patricia Mann tech high school teacher of the year

A central office committee chose Patricia Mann, an instructor at A.I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford, Conn. out of 16 state finalists who were the respective teachers of the year at technical high schools across the state.

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New W.Va. principal to run the "school of the future"

The new Edgewood Elementary School (Charleston, W.Va.), which will implement a "blended learning" style, has hired Pam Gould as principal. Gould will oversee a staff unfamiliar with the new curriculum, while at the same time consolidating two low-performing schools: Watts and Robins.

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New technology poised to disrupt America’s schools, and then the world’s

In a small school on the South Side of Chicago, 40 children between the ages of five and six sit quietly learning in a classroom. In front of each of them is a computer running software called Reading Eggs. The director of North Kenwood-Oakland school says this sort of teaching, blending software with human intervention, helps her pupils learn faster.

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Knox (Ind.) district launches online, mobile teacher evaluation software

Knox (Ind.) Community School Corp. will roll out Standard for Success' online, customizable educator evaluation software program in three schools in the fall. The program will help the district, which has 108 teachers, meet the requirements of the Indiana Department of Education’s stringent teacher and principal evaluation model.

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Midland Park (N.J.) school board hires tech expert

The Midland Park (N.J.) schools Board of Education named Eurico Antunes to the district’s new position of technology and data coordinator. According to schools Superintendent Dr. Marie C. Cirasella, the position was created to meet the increasing demands the state has put on school districts for data reporting.

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New principal hired at Minnesota STEM school

Arthur Williams has been selected as the new Jefferson Elementary STEM School principal. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Williams will officially assume his new position at the Winona, Minn. school on August 1. 

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State and local education agencies “like” social media

A recent questionnaire by the Reform Support Network shows that state and local education agencies are increasingly using social media as a tool to engage with and inform parents, students, teachers, and the entire community.

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