June 17, 2009

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Vol. 2, Issue Spring/Summer 2009
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Video Exclusives: Cushioning the Budget Blow

Newark, N.J., schools chief Clifford B. Janey, Allan R. Odden of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, and Jonathan Travers of Education Research Strategies share methods for preserving instructional quality while cutting school budgets.

Video Exclusives: Spending Stimulus Aid

Education leaders and school finance experts from the district, state, and national levels discuss how money from the federal economic-stimulus package can be used to advance school improvement.

Forum Discussion: Have Your Say

Experts say other nations like China and India are more focused than the U.S. on developing students’ technical skills. How do you think the U.S. is doing in preparing students to use technology effectively for learning and work? What should U.S. schools do to improve students’ tech skills?

Forum Discussion: Have Your Say

Can a student who completes a virtual dissection of a fetal pig get the same level of experience as a student who performs a live dissection? Do you think simulations can replace hands-on science experiments? From your experience, what are the advantages and disadvantages of both?

Digital Directions attempts to address the gap between the widespread use of digital tools in society and the workplace and the general lack of such use in classrooms.
Ed-tech administrators are spending more time evaluating a variety of electronic gradebook products and their capabilities.
What specific skills do online teachers need? That is a question being asked more and more in light of the continued growth of e-learning in school districts across the country.
District leaders should prepare for stimulus funding for broadband telecommunications connections—and make sure they get a fair cut of it.
Are U.S. students' tech skills keeping up with their international peers?
For some schools, the future is now, at least when it comes to incorporating some of the features of 21st-century classrooms.
Teachers around the country are beginning to fashion curriculum and lessons around nanotechnology, one of the fastest-growing areas of scientific research.
Can simulated labs in some science courses take the place of real-world experiments? The College Board has been trying to determine the answer.
Is e-learning really more cost-effective than traditional, brick-and-mortar schooling?
Digital Directions' list of go-to sites for educators.
There is a growing movement in schools to incorporate digital games and simulations into classrooms as a tool for raising achievement and preparing students for the technological challenges ahead of them.
Student-response systems are becoming a popular tool for elementary and secondary classrooms after years of use in college lecture halls.
Ed-tech leaders’ interest in cloud computing is growing because they see it as an effective way to cut down on the cost of acquiring and maintaining information technology.
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