Eighth grade social studies teacher Mark Wellman, center, helps students Holly Griffin, left, and Sierra Hundley with their laptops at North Iredell Middle School in Olin, N.C.
—John W. Adkisson for Education Week

Betting Big on Personalized Learning

In 2012, the Iredell-Statesville district in North Carolina won a $20 million grant to pursue a personalized-learning initiative. Now, the district's leaders want to make sure they get it right. (June 18, 2014)

Eric Nelson, a social studies teacher at the North Lakes Academy Charter School in Forest Lake, Minn., works at his home office in Minneapolis. Mr. Nelson created a digital game modeled on fantasy football to get students interested in politics and world affairs. He is now trying to monetize his game, working on it at night and on the weekends.
—Jenn Ackerman for Education Week

Ed-Tech Vendors See Hurdles in the K-12 Marketplace

Companies trying to sell ed-tech products to school districts often face significant barriers, including arcane purchasing systems and difficulty reaching decision makers (June 9, 2014)

Cameron Evans, Microsoft’s chief technology officer for U.S. education, says: “Students are not products. We have a long way to go across the industry in getting everyone on board with protecting students’ [data privacy].”
—Swikar Patel/Education Week

Microsoft Puts Data Privacy on Its Branding Agenda

By backing research and speaking out on the topic, the technology giant is encouraging school officials across the country to demand strong student-data privacy. (July 8, 2014)

FCC Approves E-Rate Modernization Along Partisan Lines

The FCC approved some of the biggest structural changes to the E-rate in the federal program's 18-year history. (July 11, 2014)

Federal Study Examines Computer-Based Writing for 4th Graders

A federal pilot study found that fourth graders are capable of using a computer to write well enough to be assessed, but did not determine if computer-based tests can effectively measure their abilities. (July 30, 2014)

Federal Data-Privacy Guidelines Urge Better Communication With Parents

New guidance from the U.S. Education Department focuses on transparency, but some advocates want new policies and more accountability. (July 25, 2014)

Teacher Designs App to Help Colleagues 'CYA' During Evaluations

A new app developed by a Pennsylvania teacher lets educators catalog and store classroom evidence that their work is meeting new evaluation standards. (July 21, 2014)

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