Weekly News Round-up: 9.5.2014

By Alex Honeysett 09.05.2014 blog
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Weekly News Round-up: 9.5.2014

We are officially back to school, folks! Here’s what the education trades are saying this week:

Big Year Looms for Common-Core Testing
As most of us here know, this school year is when nearly every state must have adopted common core assessments or other college-and-career ready standards. But as this Ed Week article explains, there are two dynamics that “complicate the question of assessment.”

Protect Your Prep: 5 Ways to Avoid Ambushes, Interruptions, and Procrastination
New teachers, this one’s for you! Check out these 5 ways to protect your prep time, courtesy of Edutopia.

U.S. ‘Education Efficiency’ Ranks in Bottom 50 Percent, Study Says
As this Ed Week reports “the U.S. ranks 19th out of 30 countries in the outcomes it gets from its investments in education, according to “The Efficiency Index: Which education systems deliver the best value for the money?,” a report released Thursday by GEMS Education Solutions, a London-based education consultancy.”

Do You Need a Social Media Detox?
Today on our show we reported on a Digital Detox Camp on the West Coast where, for four days, all attendees are forced to give up their digital devices. This Edudemic article can help you figure out if you need a social media detox – even if camp season is over!

A Teacher’s Guide to Keeping Up With Your Tech-Savvy Students
If you’re looking to up your tech game, here are 4 tips from EdSurge on how to become a “Digital Explorer.”

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