February 3, 2010

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Vol. 03, Issue Winter 2010
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"The road ahead will be a bumpy one for those who choose to innovate. But at least they will be moving forward," says DD Executive Editor Kevin Bushweller.
Meet the people who bring Education Week Digital Directions' stories to life.
Education Week Digital Directions' list of go-to sites for educators.
Many educators are turning to digital games to teach students about personal finance and investing.
Targeting students' individual needs could help build a kind of individualized education plan for every student.
Many experts say online courses are especially suited to provide students with a personalized learning experience.
The promise of technology and change fall short at the Philadelphia school.
Recent policy actions now require documenting certain online communications between teachers and students.
Tight budgets are forcing many school systems to extend their replacement cycles a few years longer.
Some school districts have figured out how to make refreshing and repairing computers a bit easier by having their IT departments serve as certified Apple repair centers.
Teenagers offer their opinions on how schools could use technology more effectively.
When it comes to crafting educational technology policy in schools, policymakers are frequently criticized for failing to keep up with advances and then setting rules that are seen, especially by students, as too restrictive.
Technological upgrades of student identification cards are forcing schools to balance use with privacy considerations.
While experts see whiteboards as powerful tools for improving instruction, teachers vary widely in their ability to use them effectively.
Educators say digital tools help students practice without an age-old barrier that can inhibit foreign-language learning: embarrassment.
Teachers weigh the benefits and drawbacks of using the microblogging tool for class lessons.
More states are taking strides to connect K-12 data systems with postsecondary institutions, but challenges remain.

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