Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holiday Survival Interview

Dr. Russell Sabella gives practical tips on getting through the Holidays.

ARRA Success Story: Counselors in Fairfax County, VA

In the spring of 2009, Sue, Jill and Jon-Paul were among 58 counselors in the district who were notified that their jobs would be eliminated due to Fairfax County Public Schools $120 million budget deficit. Through the ARRA, the school district received $23.7 million dollars in stimulus money. Some of the funding was used to save all 58 counselor positions, ensuring that students would receive necessary academic and emotional support. In February 2009, ARRA allocated $100 billion to the U.S. Department of Education with the goal of delivering emergency education funding to fill significant education budget gaps in order to avert layoffs of personnel in school districts and universities across the nation. According to, approximately 325,000 education jobs were either created or saved so far.

Configuring Facebook's new privacy settings

In December 2009 Facebook changed its privacy settings to include ways to control who can see certain information. This video describes how to configure those settings.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Video Games in Theatres

Investigators uncovered there is little regulation when it comes to video games in movie theaters.

Webcast: What Kids Learn When They Create with Digital Media

This forum, entitled "The Power of Youth Voice," brought together experts in digital media and learning to share their research and experiences using digital media in and outside of the classroom. Speakers included: Renee Hobbs, Founder, Media Education Lab, Temple University; Nichole Pinkard, Founder, Digital Youth Network and DePaul University professor; Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Director, National Programs and Site Development, National Writing Project; Moderator: Connie Yowell, Director of Education, MacArthur Foundation.

Sunday, December 6, 2009