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Greetings Everyone, Happy New Year and welcome back. Hope you are ready for this weeks pics. happy reading . . . best, <Karen> 1)"Tech-Nos" are people who've made the conscious decision to say no to technology.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2007-01-11-tech-no_x.htm 2) The French version of MySpace launched. http://edition.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/01/11/myspace.france.reut/ 3) Disney.com is now less about promotion and more a social-networking site for kids and adults <http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jan2007/tc20070108_285739.htm> 4) Young people aged 13-18 spend more than "72 hours a week connected to media" (Internet, cellphones, TV, music, and videogames), reports Harrison Group, <http://www.harrisongroupinc.com/index.php?q=node/57>. 5) Myth of Multitasking and children's health http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/NCFR/health.html Kaiser found that 64% of US students in grades 7-12 do multiple things "most or some of the time" while at the computer; 62% multitask with other media while using the computer, 63% while listening to music, 58% while reading, and 53% while watching TV. <http://www.kff.org/entmedia/upload/7592.pdf> 6) CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TIPS Corporal punishment is still allowed in 23 states http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/discipline.html Discipline problems and solutions in the Classroom. http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/newteacherdisci.html Though corporal punishment can sometimes produce compliance among unruly children, history shows that regulators cannot prevent it from being applied dangerously and inappropriately. 7) Falsifying Residency Status http://www.asbj.com/current/coverstory.html School districts, education agencies, and even municipal governments are increasing their attention on the practice of falsifying residency status to attend a specific school, according to the cover story of the January issue of American School Board Journal. 8) Do you want that new Iphone? Get the info. http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Technology/cellphone.html 9) NCLB CALLED "BEYOND REPAIR" http://www.sltrib.com/education/ci_4976188 A former Bush administration education official has fueled the No Child Left Behind debate by withdrawing his support of the controversial education reform law. Michael Petrilli was a U.S. Department of Education associate assistant deputy secretary who helped promote the educationreform law. But as Bush officials were hailing the law on its fifth anniversary
Monday, blogs buzzed about an article Petrilli released Friday, reports Nicole Stricker in the Salt Lake Tribune. "I've gradually and reluctantly come to the conclusion that NCLB as enacted is fundamentally flawed and probablybeyond repair," Petrilli, the current vice president at the Fordham Foundation, wrote. "NCLB has 'changed the conversation' in education . . . But let's face it: It doesn't
help the dedicated principal who is pulling her hair out because of the law'snonsensical provisions." Petrilli's criticism was a sea change. He characterized himself as a "true believer" in the law, which can withhold federal funding from
schools if too many students flub standardized math or reading tests. Although Petrilli spent five years promoting it, he said he had doubts about aspects of the law from the beginning. Among them: requiring districts to hire only "highly qualified teachers" who had degrees in their subject areas, andallowing states to define "proficiency" as they saw fit. "Other flaws," Petrilli wrote, "took me longer to appreciate." He still agrees with the spirit and goals of the law,
but realized the federal government can't force states and school districts todo things they don't want to do and "it's impossible to force them to do those things well."
10) MORE CHILDREN LEARN MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-01-09-language-children_x.htm USA TODAY, many American parents insist that the education of their young children include foreign languages. Evolutionary Science shows the origin of Language http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Linguistics/interspecies.html The Origin of English http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Linguistics/english.html When do people learn languages? http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/NCFR/handspeech.html The origin of words: or where does language come from? http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Literacy/evolution.asp How do babies begin to acquire language? http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Literacy/whatresearch2.asp 11) FORCING A RISKY BUSINESS MODEL ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS http://tinyurl.com/yekxyg If we succumb to this experiment of political thought, the consequences may be devastating to our economic and social future. Unfortunately, manyeducators do not recognize the hidden agenda -- the dismantling of public education.
12) "Inconvenient Truth DVD Giveaway for Teachers" Free DVD copies are available of Vice President Al Gore's documentary on environmental change, "An Inconvenient Truth". Eligibility: all teachers. Deadline: January 18, 2007. http://www.participate.net/educators/DVD/giveaway 13) Are you thinking about publishing something yourself? http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Literacy/selfpublish.asp <>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>Educational CyberPlayGround K12 Newsletters Mailing List
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