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You can’t go anywhere online without a password these days. You certainly can’t play many games without one.

Want to access Xbox Live through your PC? You’ll need a password. Logging onto the PlayStation Store? Cough it up. Playing any online games? You know what to do.

The problem, though, is that most of us just aren’t very password-creative. Hackers delight in posting usernames and passwords online when they raid a database. To prove the point — and to help us all make better password decisions — SplashData compiles an annual list of the most common (and therefore, the worst) passwords from those listings.

See the full story and the list, CLICK HERE

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My friend Glen Wiebe shared an amazing resource today, TV News Search & Borrow.

“The searchable collection now contains 350,000 news programs collected over three years from national and metro U.S. networks. You can search by keyword, network, and specific TV show. You can also limit the time period searched by using the timeline slider.

The tool archives the closed caption transcripts of the different news shows and uses that as a searchable database that is linked to the actual video clip. Very cool idea.”

Read the full story, CLICK HERE

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Now optimized for iPad Retina Display and available with instant translation in up to 12 languages, PressReader 3.1 takes newspaper and magazine reading to a whole new level.

★ “The PressReader app from NewspaperDirect is second-to-none for newspaper reading.” Gregg Ellman, Technology Columnist for McClatchy/Tribune

★ “PressReader offers a more traditional newspaper-reading experience than any other iPad app.” Rick Broida, C NET

If you’re looking for the ultimate reading experience for your favorite newspapers and magazines, then you have to try PressReader 3.1. With its SmartFlow content presentation design, PressReader is without a doubt the most engaging, feature-rich and entertaining newspaper and magazine reading application you’ll ever use.

Browse and read full digital replicas of thousands of newspapers and magazines from 95 countries just like you would in print. Or journey through the attention-grabbing SmartFlow stream of articles where visual clues will not only enhance your reading experience, they will reveal new gems of content you’ll be delighted to discover.

PressReader 3.1 is rich with features, including:
itunes.apple.com/us/app/pressreader/id313904711?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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We’ve gotten word that iPad pricing is going to be the same across the board as the current iPad 2 models which should be no big surprise given Apple’s history – they rarely raise prices.  Even better, some countries with currencies doing better than the US dollar should expect to see marginal drops in prices……….

iPad 3 prices and features matrix revealed

iPad 3 round-up: Retina Simulator out, Retina iPads running iOS 6.0 in server logs, 20MB download limit concerns

Apple prepares Yerba Buena Center for March 7 next-gen iPad unveiling

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With the impending announcement of the iPad 3 next week, this should be a useful artilcle.

Look no further as 9to5Mac compiled a list of places to trade in an ole’ dusty iPad for cash or credit to buy Apple’s upcoming toy. Before perusing the options, identify the condition, features, and model of the swappable iPad. This knowledge will help decide its maximum value, because most of these online programs use a survey to determine the slate’s estimate. Moreover, it is prudent to act now as some reports indicate retailers are steadily dropping prices with Apple’s event drawing nearer.

Find out where, CLICK HERE

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Some Calif. schools are embracing digital textbooks
Many schools in the San Diego area are embracing a move toward digital resources and textbooks in the classroom. In San Diego schools, where officials plan to purchase about 20,000 iPad tablet computers for students, some educators are eager to create their own digital textbooks using Apple’s new software. “You have somebody who no longer needs to be an expert in programming being able to assemble content in a rich multimedia experience for kids and organize it in a way that a teacher would,” said Darryl LaGace, the district’s chief information and technology official. San Diego Union-Tribune (2/27)

Texas iPad program aims to bridge the digital divide
A districtwide technology initiative is under way in McAllen, Texas, schools, where all of the roughly 25,000 K-12 students are expected to receive iPad tablet computers or iPod Touch devices by this time next year. The initiative, believed to be the largest such program in the country, is aimed at transforming the classroom culture and bridging the digital divide for the district’s students, two-thirds of whom were considered economically disadvantaged in 2010. ABC News/The Associated Press (2/28)

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The National Archives invites you to “pin your history to the world” at Historypin. This new media/map mashup site allows users to overlay photographs, videos and audio recordings on Google maps. Come help us put NARA on the map! Upload your digital files, add descriptive information and personal narratives to these items, and experience how familiar environments have changed over time in front of you. You are also encouraged to share your own memories and stories related to the records as well.

We launched with the following collections:

  • Mathew Brady Civil War photographs
  • Images from the Environmental Protection Agency’ Documerica photographic documentation project of the 1970s
  • Photographs of streets, buildings, and historic events in Washington, DC
  • Images used in the recent History Happens Here augmented reality contest.

http://www.archives.gov/social-media/historypin.html

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The town hall meetings are great, but most of them are in the middle of the day when everyone is teaching.

Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher commented that
“On Thursday at 3 pm there is a chat about rural education. It is nice that they’re having these meetings but if they REALLY want teachers to participate it will be when teachers are able to focus on the conversation. You can’t have teachers teaching and Tweeting. It doesn’t work. If you see me tweet during the day, most of the tweets are scheduled or I’m on break or lunch break.

“February has been a busy month for K-12 education. On February 1, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan kicked it off by announcing that all U.S. schools should transition to digital textbooks within the next five years. On the 9th, President Obama waived 10 states from No Child Left Behind. And last week, the president proposed a 2013 budget that includes a $1.7 funding increase for education.”

CHECK OUT THE FULL STORY, CLICK HERE

 

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Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…has a good story today, What Can Teachers Learn From Target?

Today’s New York Times Magazine has a pretty scary article about how the retail giant Target tracks what’s going on in the lives of customers and uses that information to get us to buy more stuff from them.  It’s definitely worth reading the whole piece.

As I mentioned, it’s scary — in addition to being creepy. Nevertheless, the article does highlight some strategies that can be used for good in the classroom and not only for not-so-good things in the quest for corporate profit.

Here are three points that struck me in the article: Read the full story, CLICK HERE

 

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Mooresville’s Shining Example (It’s Not Just About the Laptops)
Schools in Mooresville, N.C., have become models of digital education since it started a laptop program three years ago. Officials said the program has led to steady improvement in student performance, including higher graduation rates, test scores and attendance. “Other districts are doing things, but what we see in Mooresville is the whole package: using the budget, innovating, using data, involvement with the community and leadership,” said Karen Cator, director of educational technology for the U.S Education Department. “There are lessons to be learned.”

Read the full story, The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/12)

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This is an interesting story about school change.  There is a lot of conversation about how we need to change the way we do school and I am always on the lookout for those thoughts!.  Not sure I have the solution yet, but, I do know there are places in the world that are “doin school” much better than we are.

check out 10 Big Reasons We Need to Reinvent the School Year, CLICK HERE

 

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By Carly Shuler, Joan Ganz Cooney Center

In 2007, when the iPhone made its debut, there was little doubt that it would revolutionize the mobile phone industry. But at the time, few imagined that it would spawn a multibillion-­dollar market for mobile applications, and fewer imagined that this market might become a significant one for children.

Less than five years later, more than a quarter of all parents have downloaded apps for their children to use, according to a Common Sense Media study. Babies have achieved virtual celebrity for mistaking a magazine for a broken iPad, children now learn to “swipe” before they can tie their shoes, and tweens and teens coveted the iPad over any other gift this holiday season.

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Cost is Biggest Barrier, Pointing to Need for Free Digital Classroom Resources

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ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PBS LearningMedia announced today findings from a national survey of teachers grades pre-K-12 that sheds light on the rising role of technology in America’s classrooms, as well as barriers teachers face to accessing the “right” digital resources. Ninety-one percent of teachers surveyed reported having access to computers in their classrooms, but only one-in-five (22 percent) said they have the right level of technology. PBS released the survey results at the 2012 Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC), where educators from across the country have gathered to share best practices about the use of technology in the classroom.

“Over the past decade, we’ve seen broadening adoption and deeper integration of digital media in classrooms for all age groups, with teachers enthusiastic about the power of new technologies to foster learning”

Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of teachers cited budget as the biggest barrier to accessing tech in the classroom. In low-income communities, this is an even greater challenge as 70 percent of teachers reported it as the greatest obstacle. Teachers in affluent communities also have greater parental and school board support for tech in the classroom compared to those teaching in low-income communities. Thirty-eight percent vs. 14 percent cited high levels of parental support and 38 percent vs. 21 percent for school board support.

While the vast majority of teachers have access to computers, less than two-thirds (59 percent) have access to an interactive whiteboard, a newer technology that can be used more broadly for classroom lessons. Teachers in affluent districts are also twice as likely to have access to tablets as teachers in middle and lower income districts. Still, teachers’ opinion about the ability of tech to enhance learning is universal; 93 percent believe that interactive whiteboards enrich classroom education and 81 percent feel the same way about tablets. This attitude towards technology transcends grade level, the income levels of the student population and the types of communities where they teach.

According to the survey, tech resources used most often in the classroom include: websites (56 percent), online images (44 percent) and online games or activities (43 percent). Increasing student motivation (77 percent), reinforcing and expanding on content being taught (76 percent) and responding to a variety of learning styles (76 percent) are the top three reasons teachers use technology in the classroom.

PBS, a leading provider of free teacher resources and digital content for use in the classroom, has regularly surveyed educators on their use of digital media and technology since 2002.

“Over the past decade, we’ve seen broadening adoption and deeper integration of digital media in classrooms for all age groups, with teachers enthusiastic about the power of new technologies to foster learning,” said Rob Lippincott, Senior Vice President, PBS Education. “It’s clear most teachers are embracing technology and need more resources, and PBS is committed to offering innovative tools and resources to support learning in classrooms across America.”

PBS, together with WGBH and local member stations, recently launched PBS LearningMedia (www.pbslearningmedia.org/), which features a robust library with tens of thousands of digital assets, including lesson plans, background essays, and discussion questions for pre-K-12 educators that align with Common Core State Standards. This free media-on-demand service features content from NASA, National Archives and PBS programs such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and SID THE SCIENCE KID all in one place.

“By offering exceptional, high-quality content free to educators everywhere, we’re meeting not just current needs of under-resourced communities, but also future needs,” said Michele Korf, Senior Executive for Educational Media at WGBH. “PBS LearningMedia has been designed with teachers for teachers. And it will continue to grow and adapt to meet classroom challenges.”

Teachers using PBS LearningMedia can create custom class pages and lesson plans while implementing state standards correlations as well as accessing student management tools, analytics, online professional development, staff training, and a curriculum gap analyzer tool.

Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted by VeraQuest Research and sampled 500 teachers within the United States between December 14 and December 20, 2011. Respondents for this survey were randomly selected from an online panel to be representative of teachers in the U.S. The estimated sampling error for the 500 respondents is +/- 4.4 percent at a 95 percent confidence level. These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

Graphics are available here on About PBS.

PBS LearningMedia is © 2011 PBS & WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved.

About PBS

PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans — from every walk of life — the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches 124 million people through television and 20 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on TwitterFacebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBSPressroom on Twitter.

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