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Pearson's open book
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If you can't beat them, join them. That is Pearson's latest approach to open educational resources — the free online learning materials that have proliferated over the last decade and a half, posing a threat to traditional publishers. The education and media company unveiled Project Blue Sky, a search engine to help instructors locate free materials from popular OER repositories. More

Driven to distraction: How to help wired students learn to focus
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A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project report surveyed 2,462 middle and high school Advanced Placement and national writing project teachers and concluded that: "Overwhelming majorities agree with the assertions that today's digital technologies are creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans, and today's students are too 'plugged in' and need more time away from their digital technologies." Two-thirds of the respondents agree with the notion that today's digital technologies do more to distract students than to help them academically. More

Report emphasizes creating culture of better data use in schools
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While states have made significant progress in building robust longitudinal data systems and supporting data use in K-12 education, they now face the more challenging task of building a culture that encourages intelligent use of data within schools to improve teaching and learning, says the latest edition of an annual report by the Washington-based Data Quality Campaign. More

'Kids Online' Report: Young children's social networking habits harder to track than teens'
School Library Journal via The Digital Shift    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lack of good data on how children under 13 use social networking sites is an enormous problem, according to "Kids Online," a report issued by The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. Before experts can effectively design, assess and manage SNSs for kids, the report says, they need to examine kids' habits more closely. Citing the National School Boards Association study (2007), the report points out that although about half of school districts forbid SNS use during the school day, there is still a great deal of "officially sanctioned, educationally packaged social networking occurring in schools." More


Instructure is focused on helping institutions improve education through technology. Founded in 2008 by two computer science graduate students, Instructure builds Canvas―the only simple, open learning management system native to the cloud. Instructure services more than 250 post-secondary and K-12 educational institutions. To learn more about Canvas by Instructure visit

The hard(ware) choice: Selecting a 1-to-1 computing device
THE Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to implementing a large-scale 1-to-1 computing initiative, deciding which device students will use every day to support their learning requires a significant amount of thought and research. Laptop, netbook, Chromebook, tablet — each device has enough similarities to make the decision seem easy, but enough differences to make a big impact on the way technology is managed in the classroom and across your district. More

Report: Education technology, digital learning not as easy as it seems
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A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education identifies four key challenges that public school district leaders must address in the next two years in order to successfully bring digital learning and education technology into K-12 classrooms. The driving force behind the nationwide effort to adopt a comprehensive digital learning strategy is the move by all states to raise academic expectations by requiring students to graduate from high school college- and career-ready. Additionally, the Common Core State Standards adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia necessitates using technology to prepare students for computer-administered assessments in the 2014-2015 school year. More

Education funding proposal allows school choice, more online learning
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A draft bill prepared for Gov. Rick Snyder would fundamentally change K-12 education in Michigan, allowing students to choose school districts, make greater use of online learning and earn financial incentives of $2,500 per semester for completing high school early. The proposed Michigan Public Education Finance Act would replace the School Aid Act of 1979, the law that governs education funding, and provide for learning at "any time, any place, any way and at any pace," said Richard McLellan, the Lansing attorney Snyder tapped to lead a rewrite of the law on how Michigan pays for education. More

Is the technology 'ready' for blended learning?
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Blended learning and technology are at a crossroads. On the one hand, several schools with blended-learning programs continue to use curricula from one online provider, and although it doesn't give them the customization they may prefer ideally, its simplicity and reliability are worth the tradeoff. On the other hand, increasing numbers of schools are adopting blended-learning models that have each student working with multiple software providers within one subject. This is pushing the industry toward modularity perhaps a bit before it is ready to shift. More

Tips and take-aways from a successful mobile learning program
eSchool News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Starting small might be the key to success when it comes to deploying a mobile learning initiative, according to two educators whose district has implemented a successful mobile program that now reaches 500 students. "We felt that if it was something that was going to catch on, we wanted to be sure that we started small and that it was as group of people who wanted to work at this," said Kyle Menchhofer, technology director for the St. Marys City Schools district in Ohio. "Starting small was a very strong and successful part of why we are where we are at this time." More

Karen Cator stepping down as US education technology chief
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Karen Cator, a vocal advocate for the use of technology in education and a familiar face at virtually every major ed-tech conference or event in the past four years, told Education Week in an email that she will be stepping down in 2013 from her post as the director of educational technology for the U.S. Department of Education. More


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