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How The Internet Is Helping Florida Students Pay For Their Education

Ashley Jean is graduating from Miami’s iPrep Academy this week. And then she’s planning to travel the world. Jean will start a global studies program through Long Island University that will eventually take her to places like Costa Rica, Australia, Bali and Spain. That’s a lot of plane tickets. “I don’t want money to be […]

Social Media Helps Florida Teachers Connect, Inspire And Hone Their Craft

Lutz Elementary School teacher Mike Meiczinger noticed some parents weren’t using the class web site to keep track of what their students were doing. So Meiczinger signed up for Twitter as another way to keep in touch. He still feels like a novice, but Meiczinger sees it as an instant messaging service for parents. “I […]

Some Of Our Favorite Thoughts On What #TeachingIs

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and teachers are leading a social media campaign called #TeachingIs. The goal is to push back against the idea that teachers are glorified baby-sitters and share what the job is really like. Here are some of our favorite #TeachingIs tweets.

Why Educators Are Using Social Media To Explain What #TeachingIs

Jaraux Washington is a science teacher at Tampa’s Roland Park K-8 Magnet School for International Studies. So it’s not surprising she turns to biology for a metaphor to describe teaching. “Especially in seventh grade you understand that this is a process,” she says, “and sometimes you’re the planter and sometimes you’re the waterer and sometimes […]

Florida Education Department Puts Daily Common Core Tweets On Hold

The Florida Department of Education has put it’s daily tweeting of Common Core State Standards on hold while the agency prepares for a series of public meetings on the math, English and literacy standards. The agency started sending out a standard of the day to its more than 6,000 followers last month. But DoE communications […]

Education Department Now Tweeting A Standard Of The Day

Common Core State Standards, 140 characters at a time. The Florida Department of Education’s Twitter account is now sending out a “standard of the day” to its more than 5,700 followers. The tweets include a link to the math and English language arts standards which outline what students should know at the end of each […]

Read Florida’s New Law Targeting Online Bullying

Last week Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill targeting bullying, HB 609, into law. The law makes three big changes: Students can be bullied publicly or privately; defines cyberbullying as harassment using electronic means, such as email or impersonating someone online; and allows schools to get involved if off-campus bullying affects the targeted student’s on-campus […]

Florida Republican Party Ads Praise Gov. Scott’s Education Record

The Republican Party of Florida has released two new Web videos to defend Gov. Rick Scott’s record on education. The first is a compilation of news stories about Scott’s statewide tour celebrating his successful push to include teacher raises for the budget year beginning July 1. Scott asked lawmakers for $480 million in additional salary […]

How Parent Trigger Opponents Claimed #ParentEmpowerment As Their Own

This week the controversial parent trigger bill died in the Florida Senate on a tie vote — for the second year in a row. Supporters quickly announced they wouldn’t give up on the bill, but their attempts to fire up an online campaign didn’t quite work out the way they planned.

Tweet That: Bush’s Foundation Not Giving Up On Parent Trigger Bill

The Foundation for Florida’s Future isn’t giving up on the parent trigger bill. They’re asking people to announce their support on Twitter and other social media with ready-made post to cut and paste. The bill — officially titled Parent Empowerment in Education — would give parents more power in choosing how to change a chronically […]

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