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1. How well does the Khan Academy work?
The U.S. Department of Education is investing $3 million in a study to determine whether the Khan Academy’s online courses are working. Read more.
2. What are common mistakes schools make with iPads?
Schools nationwide are making common mistakes when it comes to integrating iPads, EdTechTeacher director and co-founder Tom Daccord said at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. Read more.
3. Actress shares story of childhood struggles at ISTE conference
Ashley Judd was Saturday evening’s opening keynote speaker at the International Society for Technology in Education’s 35th annual conference and expo. Read more.
4. How students can improve note taking with technology
With students increasingly using technology to take and record notes in class, teacher and author Vicki Davis in this blog post shares a five-step process she’s developed to help students have success with electronic notetaking. Read more.
5. Study: More teachers adopt flipped instruction
A growing body of research in support of flipped instruction has led to increased popularity and excitement among teachers for the learning model. Read more.
6. What’s on the horizon for education technology?
More schools will use open educational resources during the next one to two years, according to a recent study that spotlights emerging education-technology trends.
7. Microsoft releases list of 100 quality educational apps
Microsoft has shared a list of 100 mobile applications that make the grade for students and teachers. Read more.
8. Teacher: How iPads are a useful resource in special education
Students with learning difficulties — particularly in reading — benefit from the text enlargement, video and voice capabilities of iPads, according to a teacher in Arizona who advocates for their use in special-education classrooms. Read more.
9. Teacher: Advice on integrating technology into the classroom
For teachers who feel like they are speaking a different language than the digital natives in their classrooms, high-school social studies teacher Brison Harvey suggests allowing students to lead technology use, keeping a positive attitude and adopting a “no fear of failure” policy. Read more.
10. Md. school system invests in Chromebooks, tablets
Maryland’s largest school system on Thursday announced an initiative to provide 100,000 Chromebook laptops and Android tablets to students by 2017-18. Read more.
Mina Dixon is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief, where she helps write and edit content across industries, including education.