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Testing is biggest moneymaker for education technology vendors
THE Journal
Software vendors and publishers raked in $2.5 billion on digital assessment products in the United States in the 2012-2013 school year, according to estimates by the Software and Information Industry Association. The total market for software and content in U.S. preK-12 education was up by $480 million to $8.38 billion.
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Technology takes hold in the early grades
EdSource
Whether solving math puzzles to help a penguin waddle across a computer screen or sounding out words in Mr. Sounders' virtual classroom, K-2 students are increasingly embracing technology in California schools. Mixing academic software programs with traditional classroom instruction — often referred to as blended learning — is moving from high schools and middle schools to the early grades, even reaching some 4-year-olds in transitional kindergarten. Teachers say the programs they are using adapt to the young students' needs and give teachers time to delve more deeply into the reading and math concepts required under the Common Core State Standards.
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Over 25 ideas for e-Learning: Inclement weather and snow day make up
Tech&Learning
The winter of 2014-2015 is proving to bring some weather that has definitely affected school calendars across the country. In fact, this winter has prompted some school districts to look at their e-Learning programs and ask the question, "Can the day be made up using eLearning and the internet?"
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President's 2016 budget proposal could revive EETT program
EdTech Magazine
President Barack Obama's proposed 2016 budget allots $200 million to revive a program that helps school districts gain a stronger footing in an increasingly digital world. Under the revamped Enhancing Education Through Technology program, states would provide educational technology grants to local model school districts to make sure educators "have the skills and tools to use technology effectively to improve instruction and personalize learning," according to the U.S. Education Department's Office of Educational Technology website.
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Are iPads the solution to snow days?
The Atlantic
As many states dig out from yet another winter storm, school districts are struggling to keep the academic calendar — and student learning — from being derailed as a result of record numbers of snow days. But educators are increasingly using technology to turn campus closures into opportunities for students to complete academic assignments on their own. In Farmington, Minnesota, a pilot program for "flexible learning time" in the local public schools got its first large-scale test last year when the "Polar Vortex" pummeled the Midwest.
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  Consortium for School Networking
From Vision to Action: The 21st Century Teaching and Learning Plan. Designed to help educators understand and implement 21st century teaching and learning, the course includes readings, videos, presentations, questions designed to provide immediate feedback, application exercises and customizable tools that can be downloaded.
 


Los Angeles schools can't afford computers for all, Cortines says
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Unified School Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said Friday the district cannot afford to provide a computer to every student, signaling a major reversal for his predecessor's ill-fated $1.3-billion effort to distribute iPads to all students, teachers and school administrators. Instead, Cortines said, the L.A. Unified School District will try to provide computers to students when needed for instruction and testing.
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How does your school use social media to connect with families?
By: Brian Stack
As I was walking down the hall the other day, I was struck by some recent student artwork that had been posted by one of our art teachers. I took a few pictures of them on my phone and quickly uploaded them to our Facebook page with a caption that read, "Check out some of the latest pieces of art by students in Ms. Ladd's class!" I regularly post pictures and quick updates like this to our school's Facebook page several times a day. These updates, combined with posts of links to blog articles and our weekly newsletter, help our families stay connected to our school community.
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What happens when computers, not teachers, pick what students learn?
The Hechinger Report
Teacher John Garuccio wrote a multiplication problem on a digital whiteboard in a corner of an unusually large classroom at David A. Boody Intermediate School in Brooklyn. About 150 sixth graders are in this math class — yes, 150 — but Garuccio's task was to help just 20 of them, with a lesson tailored to their needs. He asked, "Where does the decimal point go in the product?" After several minutes of false starts, a boy offered the correct answer. Garuccio praised him, but did not stop there.
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Audio and the core assessments
Scholastic Administrator Magazine
When school technology directors and administrators are thinking about this year's newly mandated audio requirements for language arts assessment, their minds immediately turn to headphones and headsets. And they should. However, there's another audio option that many may not be aware of, one that involves a much smaller investment: earbuds, which come in a variety of models that sport diverse features to fit the needs of any classroom.
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New tools emerge to support schools' digital transition
eSchool News
School districts across the country are replacing print textbooks with free open educational resources; however, many are finding it difficult to evaluate the quality and relevancy of these unlimited online resources. A number of service providers are releasing resources to support the growing number of districts shifting from print to digital content as they implement one-to-one or blended learning environments.
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