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You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice. If you have any thoughts or comments about these blogs, please don't hesitate to let us know.

EdutopiaJuly 7, 2010

Summer is in full bloom, and we hope you are enjoying the change of pace. While you spend your time soaking up the long, warm days and the cool, breezy evenings, please remember to take a peek at our free Summer Rejuvenation Guide, which offers ten great tips to help you relax, reflect, and recharge.

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Betty RayJuly 6, 2010

Editor's Note: Our guest blogger today is Erika Saunders who teaches 6th-8th grade special ed-learning support and mentally gifted kids at Joseph C. Ferguson Elementary School in North Philidelphia.

"If you build it, they will come." Not only does this apply to baseball fields and ghosts of players past, but also to theater and students. At least it does at Ferguson.

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Grace RubensteinJuly 5, 2010

Among the more memorable people I met at last week's ISTE conference in Denver is a renegade technology director from Racine, Wisconsin. Just a few months after his promotion from network manager to director of information systems of the Racine Unified School District last summer, Tim Peltz made a revolutionary move: he removed the firewalls that had blocked students from many parts of the Internet. He didn't just remove a brick here and there. He tore those walls completely down.

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Claus von ZastrowJuly 5, 2010

Foreign language is on the chopping block in school districts around the country. So when Jay Mathews wrote a piece a few weeks ago about the foreign language study basically being a waste of time I was floored. Now is not the time to grease the rails for further cuts to language programs.

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Rebecca AlberJuly 5, 2010

Budget cuts did not spare summer school. Along with furloughs, pay cuts, and layoffs, it's been canceled in some schools, even districts, across the country. Teachers working in these districts and schools are unable to rely on that additional, and often much needed paycheck. This definitely leaves some worried folks out there.

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Eric BrunsellJuly 2, 2010

The National Science Education Standards were published in 1996. The NSES and it's emphasis on "science as inquiry," quickly became a cornerstone of reform efforts and set the tone for a national dialogue about what science teaching should look like. We have learned a lot about effective teaching, curriculum planning, and how students learn science since the original publication of NSES. It is time for the "next generation" of national science standards...and they are on the way.

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Andrew MarcinekJuly 2, 2010

How many times have you encountered this response: I typed it into Google, and really couldn't find anything.

WHAT!

How is this possible? We live in the information age; the age in which information is literally at our fingertips. My mother just came in the kitchen. She was asking me about making poor man's lobster. I asked her what exactly that is.

"Let me find the card with the recipe on it"

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Mary Beth HertzJuly 2, 2010

Welcome to the first post of many that I will be sharing about using technology in the elementary classroom.

First, a little about me.

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EdutopiaJune 30, 2010

Brown v. Board of Education outlawed racial discrimination in America's public schools, but it was the Little Rock crisis that tested the government's willingness to enforce the historic ruling.

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Betty RayJune 27, 2010

I arrived at ISTE for the second half of EduBloggerCon, and already the room was buzzing with creativity and innovation. Presenters were showing some useful (and fun!) new tech tools. I've added a summary of those at the end of this post.

But once the afternoon sessions got underway, three main themes started to emerge:

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