App of the week: SAS Data Notebook

Name: SAS Data Notebook

What is it? SAS® Data Notebook lets students take control of their learning and monitor their progress. Built-in templates for mission statements, goals, checklists, plus/deltas, spelling lists and histograms are included.

Best for: Older elementary to high school students

Price: FREE

Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later.

Rated: 4+


  • Includes a scratch paper template where students can load pictures, create drawings, and more.
  • A new text page enables students to take notes, keep a journal, or perform any other writing tasks organized in their notebook.
  • Students can also add sections in order to set, monitor, and reflect on individual goals by subject.
  • Notebooks can now be emailed to teachers, parents, or friends.



10 ed-tech tools of the 70s, 80s, and 90s

We don’t know about you, but sometimes the eSchool News editors are amazed to hear about the ed-tech students use to learn in schools these days: mobile gaming apps, 3D printing, and robots?  Many of the editors still remember the prestige of walking to the front of the class and writing on the chalkboard with colored chalk.

To celebrate technologies of the past, the editors of eSchool News have compiled a list of the education technologies we and our teachers used back in the day–you know, before the internet even existed.

Can you think of an ed-tech tool not on the list? What was your favorite classroom tool when you were in school?

(Next page: Ed-tech of the 70s, 80s, and 90s)


South Philly High teacher wins $20K award for ed-tech startup

Creating social networks to help kids share books. Data-mining to pinpoint potential dropouts from online courses. Sending digital “nudges” about good study habits to the smartphones of college students. These days, it seems everyone is an ed-tech entrepreneur, The Notebook Blog reports. “I think educational technology is going to transform education,” said Bobbi Kurshan, executive director of academic innovation at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education…

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Launching the future of STEM education

Flying cars may just be the future of science, technology, engineer and mathematics (STEM) education, reports. Students at Pittsburg High School got to be on the leading edge of that trend as PHS, Pittsburg State University, PITSCO Education partnered and collaborated on a study of educational techniques that involved an applied 10-day unit of integrated science, technology and math learning…

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What kind of ‘Little Free Library’ would you create for your community?

They look like trellises and fishtanks, spacesuits and mailboxes, the New York Times reports. One squeezes into the cracks of a historic building. Others offer built-in seating. New York, meet your newest public libraries. Holding no more than about 20 books for old and young, the 10 new Little Free Libraries — miniature lending libraries where anyone can take or leave a book under the honor system — will pop up all over downtown Manhattan on Saturday afternoon, and will stand until Sept. 1…

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How to turn an urban school district around—without cheating

The Atlantic reports that the recent public school test-cheating scandals in Atlanta and Washington D.C. are insidious not only in their impact on their own communities, but also in feeding a broadly held misperception that urban school districts are beyond salvaging. Reports suggesting progress in any city are now more likely to be dismissed out of hand as the product of selective data collection or outright misconduct. That’s what makes the case of Cincinnati, Ohio, so interesting and instructive…

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School principals share keys to success

Five strategies can help school principals boost teacher confidence and student performance.

What does it take to be an effective school leader, and how can school principals best support teaching and learning in their buildings? A new video series, built around the Wallace Foundation’s “The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning,” examines these questions and more, through the eyes of school principals around the country.

The Wallace Foundation Perspective focuses on five practices that, when “done really well,” make for effective school principals: shaping a vision of academic success for all students, creating a climate hospitable to education, cultivating leadership in others, improving instruction, and managing people, data, and processes to foster school improvement.

“After more than a decade of investment in school leadership, we can confirm the empirical link between school leadership and improved student achievement,” said Will Miller, president of the Wallace Foundation, when the report was released. “No longer seen as glorified managers of buildings and bus schedules, today’s principals must be their schools’ chief improvement officers, strengthening instruction, building a culture of high achievement, and marshaling the skills of other educators to boost student performance.”

(Next page: Watch the videos as school principals share their success stories)


Study: Community colleges lack rigor, but incoming students ill prepared

There’s been a lot of talk lately of college- and career-readiness for high-school graduates, but according to a study released Tuesday, what community colleges actually require is less rigorous than we think – and many high school graduates aren’t meeting even those low standards, Christian science Monitor reports. What is being taught and emphasized in high school math and English, moreover, is out of alignment with what is needed to succeed in community college, the report concludes…

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