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“A Burlington teenager sued two top school officials Monday, saying they violated her constitutional rights by removing her as class secretary because she used offensive slang to refer to administrators on an Internet blog.”

She wrote her comment on her home computer and on her own time. In addition, she didn’t use a specific name when referring to the school administrator.

Here’s my two cents: while she should have used better language when expressing her frustration with the school administrators, she had every right to do so in the first place. The school had no right to punish her as they did. As a matter of fact, that should have been her parent’s job. 

Burlington teen sues school officials over free speech issue – Boston.com

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Interesting white paper on podcasting in education. Apparently, audio only podcasting for review purposes serves students much better than lecture-type audio recordings. In particular, RSS feeds make it much more likely that students will download the podcasts and listen to them.

Reviewing lectures is a great study tool. It isn’t, however, a replacement for attending class or interacting with other students, whether they attend online, f2f, blended, or otherwise.

Download the original whitepaper, Teaching with Technology White Paper: Podcasting.

Consensus: Podcasting Has No ‘Inherent’ Pedagogic Value

 

I love hands-on projects. They are a fantastic way to reinforce the learning process. And the fact that kids can have fun putting into practice what they learned is always a bonus.

Personally, I wished hands-on learning was a part of all curriculums, not just a summer fling. 

The Dothan Eagle | News – Summer program offers hands-on learning

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