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Project Tomorrow's 2014 Speak Up report is here
Project Tomorrow
Click here to download it for the latest findings into how students and educators are leveraging digital learning tools.
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What are IT leaders worried about? Assessment readiness and money
eSchool News
For the past three years, CoSN — the Consortium for School Networking — has conducted the K-12 IT Leadership Survey seeking to identify major trends and challenges, and provide a picture of these leaders. What are the key technology trends in education according to leadership in our school systems? What do the data tell us? Assessment readiness is again the No. 1 priority for IT Leaders. The growing imperative about being assessment ready isn't likely a surprise for those living in states adopting the Common Core. However, regardless of where you live, all states are increasingly moving their high-stakes assessments online. And, they are doing it quickly.
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Education tech funding soars — but is it working in the classroom?
Fortune
From iPads in kindergarten to virtual classrooms in high schools to online graduate degrees, technology has captured the American education system. As it does, the money keeps flowing in — and so do questions about its impact. In 2014, venture funding for education technology reached $1.87 billion dollars. It's expected to hit $2 billion this year. That's a big jump from $385 million in 2009, according to CB Insights, the first year the venture capital research firm started tracking education funding.
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Key considerations for buying a K-12 classroom projector in 2015
Tech&Learning
New technology for classroom projectors is expanding the life of the projector, decreasing total cost of ownership, and most importantly accommodating wireless connection to multiple mobile devices and the transition to digital learning. Let's begin with a short video from Joe Nowak, director of technology in Grayslake School District in Illinois. Having an interest in laser and LED technology, Joe was curious to see how bright the new light source would be. He was impressed by both the brightness and the quietness of the projector as well as the lack of maintenance required after the projector had been installed.
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New Digital Learning Report Card describes promising practices for states
Education Week
In 2014, 422 digital learning policies were implemented across the country, with over 1000 digital education bills debated in recent years, according to a new Digital Learning Report Card from the Foundation for Excellence in Education. That represents an "unprecedented surge of activity at state level over past four years," said John Bailey, vice president of policy at ExcelinEd, a Florida-based national nonprofit focused on education policy, including technology use in the classroom.
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New federal student-data-privacy bill targets loopholes
Education Week
After an extended delay prompted by sharp criticism from privacy advocates, new federal legislation aimed at better protecting students' sensitive information is likely to be introduced in the U.S. House. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., and developed with involvement from the White House, would prohibit ed-tech vendors from selling student data or using that information to target students with advertisements. The bill would also require vendors to meet new requirements related to data security, breach notification and contracts with third parties.
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Just how widespread are digital state testing issues?
Education DIVE
Spring is here, which also means it's standardized-testing season. While No. 2 pencils and Scantron bubble sheets were once assessment staples, many states have upgraded to computer-based assessments in recent years. The transition, unfortunately, has not been entirely smooth. With the new format, new issues like broadband infrastructure, data security and a variety of digital glitches have entered the equation.
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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.
 


The latest trends in classroom design
K-12 TechDecisions
How we "do" education has changed immensely in the last decade. Pedagogy has evolved and the role of the teacher has shifted from the bestower of knowledge to the facilitator of it. Educators now flip their classrooms, encourage active, project-based learning and increasingly use online tools to deliver a more personalized education experience. These changes in teaching and learning have had a dramatic effect on how we think about and design classroom spaces.
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The plan to give e-books to poor kids
NPR
Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see? I see a blue horse, a purple cat, and a new program — unveiled by President Barack Obama — with one goal in mind: To put good books in the hands of low-income kids. More specifically, $250 million worth of e-books available to young, low-income readers — free. The effort will work through a new app, being developed by the New York Public Library, that has the buy-in of all the major publishers. "Children should not be unable to get reading materials because their parents don't have money," says Carolyn Reidy, president and CEO of Simon & Schuster, which has offered up all of its titles for kids from 4 to 14.
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What's the future for mobile devices in the classroom?
EdTech Magazine
Mobile devices are more prevalent in K–12 classrooms than ever. A new survey on mobile learning from Project Tomorrow shows that today's schools are relying increasingly on students having experience with devices like smartphones and tablets to engage in modern curriculum. Project Tomorrow's 12th annual Speak Up Research Project surveyed teachers and students at more than 8,000 schools and 2,600 school districts to gain insight on how these devices are affecting education.
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A clearer view of the classroom
District Administration Magazine
The classroom video camera saw it all. Watching the playback, one teacher realized that she gave her students too little time to answer the questions she posed. Another teacher finally understood why her supervisor found her pacing was too slow. A third teacher used the footage to seek help managing a disruptive student who had spent the lesson bouncing a golf ball off the chalkboard. Those educators were among hundreds participating in Harvard's recently concluded Best Foot Forward Project, which studied a new approach to teacher evaluation: Using teacher-selected classroom videos instead of the traditional drop-in observation by a principal.
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Arkansas launches $13 million school broadband upgrade
eSchool News
As school broadband access becomes critical for student success, states are beginning to evaluate their broadband infrastructure to determine if upgrades and modernization are necessary. Arkansas started investing in technology for its K-12 system in the early 1990s through the development of the Arkansas Public School Computer Network. The network linked schools together, but in 2015, broadband internet connectivity is lacking.
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