Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ontario Progress "Report" Card Pamphlet for Parents, California Dept of Ed. Resources on iTunes, and more news

Changes to Report Cards and the Reporting of Student Progress
The Durham District School Board has created a clear-language pamphlet for parents explaining the changes this fall.

Durham District School Board

Asian students suffering for success
Long admired for raising academic superstars, parents of Asian background are coming under fire from their own community for pushing their children into university programs for which many have no real interest or talent and often quit in distress.

Toronto Star, November 10, 2010

Computers Link Homes and Schools in California
A school district in California's Silicon Valley is installing what could be the nation's first computer link between home and school, and the officials who have started the program say they expect it to spread quickly across the state.
I know of a number of workplaces who would love this type of technology...the haves and have-nots in America's school districts is mind-blowing.

Education Week, November 10, 2010

Sex, Drugs More Common in Hyper-Texting Teens
Teens who text 120 times a day or more — and there seems to be a lot of them — are more likely to have had sex or used alcohol and drugs than kids who don't send as many messages, according to provocative new research.
Yup, peer pressure is now also a "wireless" activity...a not-so-astonishing study.

Education Week, November 9, 2010

Lastly, Two Examples of Smart Ed. Resource Sharing Networks:
  1. State Business and Education Leaders to Create New Tool for Teachers
  2. Calif. Department of Ed. Now on iTunes U