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What education technology could look like over the next 5 years
In a fast-moving field like education technology, it's worth taking a moment to take stock of new developments, persistent trends and the challenges to effective tech implementation in real classrooms. The NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 report offers a snapshot of where ed tech stands now and where it is likely to go in the next five years, according to 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries.
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Maximizing your education apps
District Administration Magazine
Getting the right education apps into classrooms isn't as easy as reading reviews, doing a quick download and making a link available to staff. Because there isn't a standard rating system to verify whether an app will live up to its educational claims, there's no single best approach to matching student needs with new programs. Some CIOs and educators have cobbled together review systems for their districts. Many share the same concerns about apps — efficacy, privacy, security and support, says Bob Moore, director for CoSN's privacy initiative. But he doesn't know anyone who has balanced all of the issues while also meeting state regulations and district standards.
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Survey: 97 percent of educators use some form of digital content, but frequency lags
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced the launch of the HMH Educator Confidence Report, a new annual report that surveys over 1,000 teachers and school and district administrators across the United States on a range of issues, including top areas of concern and excitement, technology use in classrooms, and plans to remain in or leave the teaching profession. The inaugural survey found strong digital adoption driving optimism among educators within an increasingly challenging environment, as well as significant concern over student data privacy.
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  Managing Student Desktops and BYOD
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Ed-tech reboot
Scholastic Administration Magazine
In Lauren Smith's sixth-grade math class in Greensboro, North Carolina, students who are ready to advance to a new topic aren't held back by those who need more time. And students who need extra time to learn aren't dragged ahead before they understand a concept. Smith uses an app called Lensoo to create self-paced math lessons for her Jackson Middle School students. She records video lessons for each topic, and her students watch the videos, practice their skills and take an assessment that shows whether they have mastered the content. While her students are completing these activities, she walks around the room, offering help and individual attention as needed.
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A look at summer MOOCs for K-12 students
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
There was once a time when K-12 students had a huge list of summer homework handed over to them on the last day of school. Today, parents get an exhaustive list of websites for their children to visit over summer to continue learning from. The concepts of flipped classrooms and digitized lessons have brought Massive Online Open Courses into the mainstream. MOOCs are increasingly replacing summer school and bridge programs through platforms that students can easily manage and parents can monitor simultaneously.
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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.

5 devices for K-12 one-to-one initiatives
EdTech Magazine
Texas's Leander Independent School District started down the one-to-one computing path by talking first to curriculum staff and teachers to learn more about the tools their students needed for more effective and engaging digital learning. Scott Monroe, Leander's executive director for IT, says such computing devices offer teachers and students access to the Internet and numerous online educational tools and applications. Because math, science and language arts typically have different needs when it comes to device function, the district opted for a convertible notebook from Lenovo.
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The Common Core and digital skills development
The Common Core State Standards is a powerful set of expectations for student learning that has been adopted by districts across the country. One of the phrases associated with this document is college and career readiness. As we prepare students for life beyond the classroom, including digital tools in our instruction and making connections to technology in the real world is absolutely essential. Students of all ages need experience using technology and developing digital skills that can be applied to multiple tasks. If we truly want children to be college and career ready, schools must take thoughtful and strategic action to include technology tools in classroom instruction.
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Glued to the screen: A 3rd grade class where kids spend 75 percent of the day on iPads
The Hechinger Report
When the 24 third-graders in Morgan Mercaldi's class arrive at the Jackson Avenue School every morning, they take their iPads out of their backpacks and put them on their desks. The tablets will remain there, or in hands and laps, until the children put them in their packs to take them home. Last year Mercaldi had her students stash the iPads away when they weren't using them. But she has abandoned that. "Putting them away serves no purpose. We use them constantly," Mercaldi says.
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Survey: 93 percent of teachers believe that personal devices connect students to real-world learning
THE Journal
A recent national survey from University of Phoenix College of Education found that 93 percent of K-12 teachers believe that personal tech devices can link classroom learning to real-world activities, and 89 percent expect they will be used in most classrooms in the next five years. The survey of more than 1,000 K-12 teachers from around the country was conducted online by Harris Poll.
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