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Mozilla Joins iOS With Junior

Junior MozillaAfter years of sitting on the iPad sidelines Mozilla, the non-profit behind FireFox is set to enter Apple’s mobile browsing world with a product dubbed Junior. This will be Mozilla’s first crack at creating a Web browser for the titan of tablets and it appears the company is opting to build one from scratch rather than provide a different version of their existing product.

The reason Mozilla is eschewing the traditional browser format is the firm believes that mobile Web surfing is different than computer surfing and thus requires a different browser. Junior does away with the familiar tabs and URL bar in favor of a more minimalistic design. The control buttons are ergonomically placed based on how a user would typically hold an iPad. There is also a heavy dose of swipe technology for navigation.

There’s no official word on a release, and Mozilla is on record as saying the current version they have demoed is merely a beta version. However, rumors suggest a Q4 release in time for the holidays.

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Clicker Crazy!

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Women's History Month-Learn about...

I developed plays based on the To Tell the Truth Game Show on several of our First Ladies. Perhaps~ you may find them useful to use with your students during this month which highlights the contribution of women.Go here to download(free) the following plays: http://www.gailhennessey.com/index.shtml?plays.html


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Classroom Accountability!

Most teachers have heard of a token economy classroom. Many variations are out there based on this very principle. I personally find a simple form of this idea to be rewarding for the students~ but more importantly~ for me. This is how I set up my classroom environment: First~ I begin with contacting local banks to donate a class set of blank check registers and checkbook covers. Second~ the students use sticky foam letters to place their name on their...

A Novel Idea!

I have an idea I want to share. I don't know about you~ but as an educator I have sometimes sat in professional development trainings and wondered how the training applied to my classroom. I have also wondered how much my school district might be spending to bring in these trainers~ some of whom may haven't been in an actual classroom in years.

How about this: school districts use professional development days to allow educators to come together and share their best practices....

John Glenn~ First American to Orbit the...

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Money Saving Strategies for Schools

Editor's Note: This week's Pulse blog comes from Fatima Haris~ an educator in Pakistan.

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Happy Presidents' Weekend-Fun...

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