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Blog // Connect South Carolina

Genachowski Calls on Education Tech Leaders to Move Learning Forward Using Digital Tools

By Wil Payton

From Ted Gotsch, Senior Editor, Telecommunications Reports   On Thursday, March 29, 2012, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off the first meeting of the newly-assembled Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission by charging its members to push forward with assembling a plan to move towards the use to digital textbooks so that the U.S. can create a workforce for the future that can compete globally for the jobs of tomorrow. Speaking to top executives with telecom, technology, and education companies who make up the LEAD Commission, both Chairman Genachowski and Secretary Duncan...

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It Takes More Than an iPod or iPad to Get The Homework Assignments Done

By Wil Payton

The use of technology is quite prevalent in today’s school systems as policymakers, administrators, and citizens embrace the concept of digitally enhanced curriculums. More and more these days, educators are coming up with innovative ways to provide students with digital devices needed to make this transition and to transcend the digital divide. But sometimes a device is not enough. A recently published article in eSchool News highlighted the challenge in the following extract: “The digital divide is not because students lack devices,” said Ocoee Middle School Principal Sharyn Gabriel, who in October equipped each of her students still...

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South Carolina School Sees the Positive Side of Cell Phones in the Classroom

By Wil Payton

Cell phones have become ubiquitously entrenched in our culture. So it’s no surprise that they are quite common in high schools, middle schools, and are even making their way into elementary schools! This has obviously created a debate between school officials, who see the phones as disruptive, and parents, who relish the thought of having immediate access to their children. South Carolina’s Northwestern High School is taking an innovative approach to leveraging the proliferation of cell phones through an engineering course where students use smartphones and an array of web tools to devise solutions for some of the state’s environmental...

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