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Education Week's regular coverage of business and technology issues and their increasing impact on the education landscape.

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 - Education Week

Three additional states have applied for waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, bringing the list of states that have sought flexibility from the law to 47.
March 5, 2013 - Education Week

Many educators are turning to digital games to teach students about personal finance and investing.
November 16, 2009 - Education Week

Some teachers are experimenting with the popular microblogging tool as an effective way of distributing assignments and engaging students in content and collaborative lessons.
October 16, 2009 - Education Week

Better use of data has remained high on the district’s priority list as a key tactic for improving student achievement.
September 22, 2009 - Education Week

Schools urged to develop policies and programs to curb students’ use of cellphones to share nude or sexually provocative photos.
June 16, 2009 - Education Week

Lawmakers are mulling restrictions and budget cuts for the state’s nationally known virtual school.
April 28, 2009 - Education Week

The discussion centers around whether e-learning is really more cost effective than traditional brick-and-mortar schooling.
March 16, 2009 - Education Week

Electronic visits grow as schools cut back on off-campus excursions to save money during tough economic times.
February 10, 2009 - Education Week

New educational uses of cellphones are challenging the bans many districts have adopted to prevent students from using the wireless devices on campus.
January 6, 2009 - Education Week

Their plans for using technology to improve schools differ on specifics, but Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain have each taken the position that educational improvement efforts should be firmly supported using technology.
October 10, 2008 - Education Week

There’s a war of sorts going on within the normally staid assessment industry, and it’s a war over the definition of a type of assessment that many educators understand in only the sketchiest fashion.
September 16, 2008 - Education Week

A small but growing movement of K-12 educators is latching on to educational resources that are “open,” or free for others to use, change, and republish on Web sites that promote sharing.
July 10, 2008 | Updated: April 7, 2012 - Education Week

Under pressure to raise graduation rates, some high schools are turning to online courses to help faltering students.
May 19, 2008 - Education Week

The new models may help revive confidence in 1-to-1 laptop programs, which some school districts have backed away from in recent years because of the high cost of standard laptops.
April 21, 2008 | Updated: April 7, 2012 - Education Week

Companies are offering schools a new generation of high-tech instruments for collecting and analyzing data from the physical world.
March 24, 2008 - Education Week

Building an ethical playbook for dealing with IT vendors could save your job.
March 5, 2008 | Updated: April 7, 2012 - Digital Directions

A growing number of K-12 educators are using the technology to share assignments, homework, classroom assessments, and other information with students and their parents.
February 22, 2008 - Education Week

Tech literacy does not factor into the law’s school accountability provisions, and most states do not administer separate tech-literacy tests statewide.
January 29, 2008 - Education Week

A software group recently highlighted fledgling educational technology “innovations” at a New York City gathering designed to help their developers connect with potential backers.
December 18, 2007 - Education Week

Some educational-video providers are shifting toward online distribution, much like their counterparts in the entertainment industry.
November 12, 2007 - Education Week

Not all educators agree that the best ways to teach mathematics include giving students electronic calculators. But many do.
October 16, 2007 - Education Week

Even though some schools and educators have embraced all-digital curriculum materials, California's multimedia experiment remains largely an exception.
September 18, 2007 - Education Week

The deal could vault the Houghton Mifflin Co. to the top of the K-12 portion of the U.S. education publishing market.
July 31, 2007 - Education Week

A pair of programs in Mesa, Ariz., blend mathematics with flight simulators, aeronautics, and even mock space-shuttle missions.
June 19, 2007 - Education Week

Educators hope to get a better read on what their students know and what they should target in planning their classroom instruction.
May 8, 2007 - Education Week

New courses will help children to learn to think like computer scientists.
April 3, 2007 - Education Week

A series of roundtables with education “stakeholders” will explore ways that technology can improve education.
April 3, 2007 - Education Week

Nonprofit grantees are hiring firms to develop online educational materials for public schools.
February 27, 2007 - Education Week

Disappointing numbers fuel call for steps aimed at boosting student participation.
January 23, 2007 - Education Week

An interactive guidance system will help students fulfill the state’s requirement that they complete an "individual learning plan" to graduate from high school.
January 23, 2007 - Education Week

While many educators may see video games as distractions from schoolwork, others are starting to view them as a vehicle for honing students’ mathematical, problem-solving, and reading-comprehension skills.
December 5, 2006 - Education Week

As educational software and web sites become increasingly rich in multimedia, and more schools adopt one-to-one laptop computer initiatives, districts are turning to high-speed wireless networks to make better use of that software and bandwidth-heavy interactive Web sites.
October 24, 2006 - Education Week

New employees with just high school diplomas, and even some employees with four-year college degrees, lack the work skills needed to succeed in a global and increasingly competitive workplace, suggests a survey of corporate human-resource officials.
October 24, 2006 - Education Week

Four schools in the Baton Rouge, La., area are to be the first recipients of donated state-of the-art technology packages this week as a part of an initiative to upgrade or replace the technology infrastructure of Gulf Coast schools affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
September 19, 2006 - Education Week

Private management of public schools has traveled a rocky road since the school choice movement took hold in the early 1990s.
August 8, 2006 - Education Week

At Midwest City High School, detection or “sniff” dogs have helped deter students from bringing illicit drugs to school in cars and book bags. The use of the dog teams also lessens a perception among students that administrators are personally motivated to catch students.
June 20, 2006 - Education Week

Almost one-quarter of school districts nationwide and nine states have invested millions of dollars in “one-to-one” laptop programs, hoping the availability of a computer for every student will improve achievement and other skills.
May 9, 2006 - Education Week

Wikis are still flying under most schools’ radar screens. And educators who use them must also deal with some privacy and security concerns. Still, education technology experts say wikis show promise for K-12 educators.
April 4, 2006 - Education Week

A $272 million program to help states and school districts use technology for education would be axed under President Bush’s fiscal 2007 budget, partly because the White House says it lacks rigorous data on its effectiveness.
February 28, 2006 - Education Week

Rather than write a new curriculum from scratch, Charleston County bought one from the Houston Independent School District. By building on what the Texas system already had produced, the superintendent, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, guesses she saved at least a year in her effort to bring about greater instructional consistency in her own district.
January 24, 2006 - Education Week

Podcasts exist on just about any subject under the sun: retro television shows, local politics, and marathon running. There’s even “Copcast,” a podcast “for cops, by cops.” Now, a small but rapidly increasing number of K-12 schools are taking part in the trend, experts say.
December 6, 2005 - Education Week

It may look like a pen. But it adds, subtracts, plays music and games, reads your handwriting aloud, reminds you to do your homework, and translates English words into Spanish. And oh, yes, it can write, too.
October 25, 2005 - Education Week

The educational software company Blackboard Inc. announced its acquisition of its biggest rival last week, giving it the lion’s share of the market for online management of higher education courses.
October 25, 2005 - Education Week

After Hurricane Katrina pounded parts of the Gulf Coast late last month, the Baton Rouge-based Louisiana Virtual School lost track of some 400 of its 2,300 students. But it had re-established contact with half of them by last week and was continuing its efforts to reconnect with the remainder.
September 20, 2005 - Education Week

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