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Gleanings Surf Report A new survey from Web filtering company St. Bernard Software and JAS Market Research found inappropriate Net use is alive and kicking in K-12 schools, with 59 percent of the 200 technology decision-makers polled reporting incidents ranging from students accessing games (the number one
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Surf Report
A new survey from Web filtering company St. Bernard Software and JAS Market Research found inappropriate Net use is alive and kicking in K-12 schools, with 59 percent of the 200 technology decision-makers polled reporting incidents ranging from students accessing games (the number one distraction, according to the study) and music file-sharing sites to pornography and violent content on school time.

The State of NCLB
The Education Commission of the States gave a mixed review of how states are handling No Child Left Behind requirements. While as of March, all 50 states "have met or are partially on track" to meeting half of the bill's 40 mandates, not one state has yet managed to meet the component of the legislation that calls for high-quality professional development for all teachers. To read more, see

Television Not Dead (Yet)
Despite being labeled the Internet generation, today's teenagers say television influences their view of world, national, and local events more than other media, according to the Uhlich Teen Report Card, which surveyed 1,000 kids aged 12 to 19 via postal mail. Fifty-six percent of teens say TV has the greatest impact on their perspective of the news, while the Net came in third — at 8.8 percent — behind newspapers but ahead of radio and magazines.

Hit List

For all you blogophiles out there, instructional technology specialist Tim Stahmer's Assorted Stuff is one of the more compelling Web logs covering K-12 education. In addition to waxing eloquent about the latest education news in the general press, his day-to-day experiences as an educator, and his thoughts on Apple iMovie versus Windows Movie Maker, Stahmer, who works in the staff development department of the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, touches on politics, life in the District of Columbia, The Daily Show, and other, well, assorted stuff. What's appealing about the site is that it captures the essence of what a blog should be-timely, opinionated, and well-written-without being overly self-promotional. And OK, it's also got some pretty good rants.

Election Year
Just in time for the November election is The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952-2004 from the New York-based American Museum of the Moving Image. The online exhibit provides clips of over 250 television commercials, from "Eisenhower Answers America" to Bush and Kerry campaign ads, accompanied by historical analysis that would work especially well in social studies, American history, and communications classes. There's also a special section called The Desktop Candidate that explores political advertising in the Internet age. You can view, for example, Bush's Web ad, "Unprincipled," that was e-mailed to 6 million people and Kerry's response, "More than Anyone," which takes Bush to task on the issue of special interests. According to exhibit cocurator David Schwartz, an educator's guide is slated to be available this month.



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Gleanings The Skinny on School Choice Only a small fraction of kids are transferring out of schools that have failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress for two straight years under NCLB, according to a new study from the Center on Education Policy. The report, which revealed 2 percent of eligible students have opted

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Gleanings New Poll Reveals Budget Woes District technology budgets have taken big hits, according to a report released this summer by CoSN and Grunwald Associates. The Digital Leadership Divide survey found that while 38 percent of district tech budgets have increased in the past three years, 62 percent have

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Gleanings Summer Surfing Teachers assigning that perennial "How did you spend your summer vacation?" essay should expect to hear about kids' virtual travels as much as, if not more than, their in-the-flesh journeys. That's because youngsters are more likely to use the Net in June and July than any other time,

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Gleanings Teachers Speak Out A recent survey from Public Agenda revealed many of the nation's teachers feel that the expectations placed on them for raising student achievement are not only unrealistic, but unjust. The report found that 59 percent of the 1,345 public school teachers polled believe "it's unfair to be

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Gleanings Teen Net Use Overshadows Television A report commissioned by Yahoo! and Carat Interactive found the Internet has surpassed television and other traditional media as the "hub" of choice for today's youth. The study, which combined online surveys and focus groups, revealed that kids ages 13-18 spend an

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Gleanings A Closer Look at "Failing" Schools Do schools considered "failing" under No Child Left Behind have more or less technology than the average American school? This intriguing question, asked by Market Data Retrieval in their recent Technology in Education 2003 report, yielded interesting numbers. In terms of

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Gleanings The Internet Hits Home The Net has increasingly become a conduit for fostering school-to-home relations, according to CDW-G's 2003 Teachers Talk Tech survey. The study, carried out by InfoTek Research and based on phone interviews of 606 K-12 teachers, found that 63 percent of classroom teachers believe

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Q&A with Alan November Work: Internationally-known ed tech leader, author, designer, consultant, and speaker. Upcoming: Building Learning Communities international conference, July 19-22, Boston, Mass. Details at Contact: Q: What has been the biggest turning point in

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Gleanings The Young and the Wired A surprising percentage of kids use e-mail as early as kindergarten, according to NetDay. The nonprofit, which recently released the results of its Speak Up Day 2003 study, found 29 percent of grade K-3 students have their own e-mail accounts, compared to 45 percent for grades 4-6