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The Internet of Everything Comes to Work
By Aliah D. Wright
Aliah D. Wright is an online editor/manager for SHRM Online.
HR should prepare now for the influx of wearable technologies—before they’re undetectable.
By 2018, 95 percent of people will connect to the Internet from a smart device—and HR might not be prepared to handle what some are calling the Internet of Things (or the Internet of Everything) and its impact on the workplace.
“The Internet of Things is here, and we are likely to see a surge in wearable devices in the workplace,” said Rob Clyde, international vice president of ISACA and CEO of Adaptive Computing. “These devices can deliver great value, but they can also bring great risk. Companies should take an ‘embrace and educate’ approach.”
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Student Voices Heard in Poetry Slam
(From Smyrna West Alternative School - Tennessee)
Southern Word is an artistic, grant-funded organization that promotes student literacy and self-expression through the creation of poetry.  The main goal for southern word students is to help students “find their voice” by using literary devices and descriptive language in poetry. From this reporter’s experiences with the program, being a part of southern word is an invigorating experience.   Through exploration of their thoughts and feelings, youth benefit from facing fears and overcoming pasts by voicing feelings they couldn't before.  
 The Slam, the capstone of the project, was held April 7th. At the slam, complete with music, a disc jockey, and lot of whooping, students intensely performed their final pieces in front of students and staff members. With the presenting of each piece, complete silence overpowered the room, so all you could hear was the naked truth filling the room with enough emotion to blow its top. The dynamics of tone, facial expressions, and gestures created a sense of euphoria. Snaps were given by the audience to show approval.   
   The Slam built presentation confidence in the performers, many of whom were reluctant at first, but shined in their moment and were glad they participated .   
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Kay Davenport, President
Jacqueline  Whitt, Vice President
Edward Lowther, Secretary
Pat Conner, Treasurer
Denise Riley, John E. Holmes, Richard Thompson, Adrienne Lacey-Bushell, Ja’net Bishop, Pam Bruening, and Joel Shutte, Board Members
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Region 7 Gathered in Sioux Falls

NAEA Region 7 (NE, SD, ND, WY, and KS) has their first regional meeting July 27 & 28, 2015, in Sioux Falls, SD.  In addition to hearing inspiring keynote, Dr. Jermaine M. Davis, the group participated in 4 breakout sessions led by members of Region 7.  Participants enjoyed structured networking around various challenges facing their alternative schools, learned about the NAEA Exemplary Practices, and spent time with their individual states planning their next steps of state growth.  NAEA VP, Jackie Whitt, and NAEA Regional Director, Dr. Pamela Bruneing, facilitated the event.  
A special thanks to Eva Gillham of Sioux Falls (for all of her organization and gathering of door prizes and bag contents) and to Matthew Hoffman of Nebraska for his support in gathering participant bags and supporting technology and set up for the event!  A very special thank you to sponsors Edgenuity, BoysTown, and Ombudsmen, as well as NAEA, who helped to make this event possible.
20 Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment
Originally Published: September 9, 2011 | Updated: August 6, 2015

Rebecca Alber
Edutopia Consulting Online Editor
Photo credit: woodleywonderworks via flickr (CC BY 2.0)
I visit a lot of classrooms. And I'm always fascinated by the variety of ways teachers launch the new school year and also with how they "run their rooms" on a daily basis. From these visits and my own experiences as an instructor, I'd like to offer my top 20 suggestions for keeping your classroom a safe, open, and inviting place to learn.
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There's a word for what a 'cool' vocabulary app breeds: success
By Lisa Falkenberg
Columnist, Houston Chronicle
Travaurus Smith's mother surprised him in November with the belated birthday gift he'd hounded her to buy - the latest edition of the "Call of Duty" video game series.
The high school senior thanked his mom, but he left the game sitting, fully wrapped, on a kitchen table - for months. His mom grew concerned.
"She wanted to know if everything was OK with me," Smith said. "She asked, 'Is there something I need to know?' "
He assured her he was fine: "It's just a cool thing at school they got me doing," he recalls telling her.
That thing didn't involve his usual interests of varsity football and math.
Smith is one of hundreds of students at Houston's Cesar E. Chavez High School who found themselves hooked on a vocabulary-boosting program that at first was part of classroom assignments and later became a campus-wide obsession.
Smith bought the app for $2.99 and played it everywhere, at home, during passing periods at school, on the way to the basketball court, even on breaks at his part-time job at McDonald's. So intense was his pursuit to conquer new frontiers of the English lexicon that sometimes, while playing the app and walking, he ran smack-dab into doors.
The collisions didn't impair his language skills. He ranked No. 3 for words mastered out of the entire school of 3,000.

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