How To Start Using Google Apps In Education

http://edudemic.com/2013/03/how-to-start-using-google-apps-in-education/

As teachers, our plates are perpetually and impossibly full. The idea of adding one more component – such as incorporating technology into instruction – can seem daunting to say the least. In my own attempts to incorporate technology into my practice, Google has been the most valuable tool I have found thus far. Not only does it increase my ability to organize my instructional tools, but it also allows me to incorporate more technology when I feel ready to do so.

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Do Textbooks Still Have a Place in Schools?

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2013/03/do_textbooks_still_have_a_place_in_schools.html

Most toddlers walk around with their little blankets. Of course, they call them binkies, blankies and a whole list of other cute names. Just like Linus, toddlers feel unsafe without their blankets because it offers them a level of safety. To young children, it feels unnatural to sit in their carriage or on their bed without their favorite comfort item clutched in their hand.

Algebra, Geometry Classes Vary in Rigor, Says Study

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/03/12/26math.h32.html

By Sarah D. Sparks

Washington

The drive to get every student to take so-called college gateway courses has succeeded, a new federal study finds, but students taking Algebra I and Geometry classes are getting considerably less substance than their course titles would suggest.

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Putting parents into the equation: maths homework ideas for teens

http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/mar/13/engaging-parents-in-maths-homework-teaching

Maths was headline news last month, and as is often the case it was for the wrong reasons. According to research done by the Institute of Education, top GCSE pupils in the UK lag two years behind their peers in Asia, and the sentiment of the news coverage was that the UK has a problem that has to be fixed.

Secrets of the Most Successful College Students

http://ideas.time.com/2013/03/13/secrets-of-the-most-successful-college-students/

College-admission letters go out this month, and most recipients (and their parents) will place great importance on which universities said yes and which said no. A growing body of evidence, however,

Who Should Be in the Gifted Program?

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/03/gifted_and_talented_education_cities_try_to_make_programs_more_inclusive.html

Starting in second grade, I took a school bus from my middle-class neighborhood to downtown Louisville, Ky., where my grade school was surrounded by public housing projects, as part of an effort to desegregate schools. The year I started there, I was identified as “gifted” and put in a separate, accelerated class, where my classmates were mostly other white boys and girls from the suburbs.

States draw a hard line on third-graders, holding some back over reading

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/more-states-requiring-third-graders-to-pass-reading-test-to-advance/2013/03/10/edcafb5e-76ec-11e2-aa12-e6cf1d31106b_story.html

By Lyndsey Layton, Published: March 10

A growing number of states are drawing a hard line in elementary school, requiring children to pass a reading test in third grade or be held back from fourth grade.

Thirteen states last year adopted laws that require schools to identify, intervene and, in many cases, retain students who fail a reading proficiency test by the end of third grade. Lawmakers in several other states and the District are debating similar measures.