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As Prepared for Delivery: Indiana Gov. Daniels’ Republican Response to SOTU

January 24, 2012 Comments off

As Prepared for Delivery: Indiana Gov. Daniels’ Republican Response to SOTU
Source: PBS

Following is the full text of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ Republican Address to the Nation, as prepared for delivery…

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As Prepared for Delivery: Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address

January 24, 2012 Comments off

As Prepared for Delivery: Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address
Source: PBS

This text is as prepared for delivery and released by the White House.

Obama on Afghan War Drawdown: ‘The Tide of War Is Receding’

June 22, 2011 Comments off

Obama on Afghan War Drawdown: ‘The Tide of War Is Receding’
Source: PBS

In a primetime address Wednesday night, President Barack Obama announced that 33,000 U.S. troops — the full amount of the surge he announced in 2009 at West Point — will be leaving Afghanistan by the end of summer 2012. Here are the president’s full remarks as prepared for delivery.

Listen to speech and read transcript.

PBS and Grunwald National Research Indicates Lack of Technology Infrastructure in Classrooms

March 7, 2011 Comments off

PBS and Grunwald National Research Indicates Lack of Technology Infrastructure in Classrooms
Source: PBS

Released today, PBS and Grunwald Associates LLC national research report on teacher’s media usage, entitled “Deepening Connections: Teachers Increasingly Rely on Media and Technology,” indicates an insufficient capacity of computing devices and technology infrastructure to handle teachers’ Internet-dependent instructional activity. The national study also found that more than half of K-12 teachers report continued cuts in their school media budgets, increasing their reliance on free, quality content. Teachers spend 60 percent of their time using educational resources in the classroom that are either free or paid for by teachers themselves.

Among the key findings in the “Deepening Connections: Teachers Increasingly Rely on Media and Technology” report:

  • Over half of K-12 teachers (62%) frequently use digital media in classroom instruction.
  • Cost continues to grow as the main barrier to using fee-based digital resources, with 46% of teachers citing this as a barrier, and 33% citing time constraints.
  • Three-in-four teachers (76%) stream or download TV and video content, up from 55% in 2007. These teachers are also accessing content in completely new ways, with 24% reporting that they access content stored on a local server, up from 11% in 2007. Their use of short video segments of three to five minutes in length increased this year, with 29% reporting this is the average length of video segments used.
  • Teachers view TV and video content as more effective when integrated with other instructional resources or content. More than two-thirds (67%) believe that digital resources help them differentiate learning for individual students, and a similar number (68%) believe TV and video content stimulates discussion.
  • Pre-K teachers are also seeing the benefits of age-appropriate content and technology, with eight in ten (82%) reporting use of digital content. Half of pre-K teachers indicate that fee-based content is not age-appropriate for their students.
  • Teachers see great educational potential in smart, portable devices, including laptops, tablets, e-readers and handhelds. Teachers value, use and want interactive white boards more than any other technology.
  • One in four K-12 teachers (26%) report membership in an online teacher community, such as PBS Teachers (www.pbs.org/teachers), citing connection, collaboration and shared resources as reasons to join.

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