Digital Directions in Education Week

Education Week began a special technology feature that appears in every issue of the newspaper, covering news, trends, and ideas about digital learning and administrative uses of tech tools in schools.

Gov. Paul LePage has called for a review of his state's groundbreaking digital learning program, questioning the impact of the effort on student achievement.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week

Pioneering researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are investigating how scans of human brain activity can provide information on student problem-solving, potentially leading to better ed-tech products.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week

Teachers see potential to use the Pokémon Go game to help teach local history, civics, and other lessons, but skeptics worry about privacy risks.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week

Some test questions are likely harder to answer on tablets than on laptop or desktop computers, presenting a new challenge as states move to online assessments.
July 20, 2016 – Education Week

Analysts see signs that the market, both globally and in the United States, is cooling off a bit after years of intense activity.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week

The new organization, named Collective Shift, wants to connect schools, businesses, libraries, museums, and city leaders in efforts to build new “ecosystems of learning.”
October 21, 2015 – Education Week

A new version of the E-rate program will include funding for school and library wireless-technology projects, and phase out support for services that federal officials see as outmoded.
August 6, 2014 – Education Week

The situation is raising a tangled web of questions about state educational databases, federal student-privacy laws, and common-core standards.
June 11, 2014 – Education Week

Schools are exploring "single sign-on" technologies that allow both teachers and students to access multiple software programs with just one set of login information.
June 4, 2014 – Education Week

An Indiana project that seeks to track information on students from elementary school through their time as adults in the workforce is drawing objections from critics concerned about data privacy and security.
May 21, 2014 – Education Week

The architects of one of the best-known gauges of student achievement—the National Assessment of Educational Progress—are preparing for a dramatic expansion of technology-based assessment.
April 23, 2014 – Education Week

Khan Academy's unveiling of interactive and adaptive math resources tied to the common core represents an important step for the field of "open education resources," observers say.
April 2, 2014 – Education Week

About 6,000 educators, entrepreneurs, and other innovation-minded people gathered in Austin, Texas, to talk about how technological advances are fueling improvements in education.
March 12, 2014 – Education Week

Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education comes amid a flurry of activity around student-data privacy, including recommendations from a leading technology trade group and proposed legislation in California.
March 5, 2014 – Education Week

State education officials cite a litany of reasons for rejecting a recent group of applications, highlighting potential governance problems as a major concern.
February 19, 2014 – Education Week

Undeterred by problems experienced by other school systems attempting to equip students with digital devices, the district began distributing more than 18,000 laptops.
February 5, 2014 – Education Week

The decision is being interpreted as giving commercial Internet providers significantly more power to block content or set conditions on its delivery before it reaches customers, including schools.
January 29, 2014 – Education Week

Privacy advocates say the increased collection, storage, and sharing of educational data entails real threats to children and families, and some high-profile incidents have led to new legislation, legal action, and formal complaints.
January 22, 2014 – Education Week

High-speed fiber-optic cable is generally regarded as the best vehicle for satisfying schools' huge appetite for more bandwidth, but only about 40 percent of U.S. districts are believed to have access to it.
January 15, 2014 – Education Week

Experts say that fiber-optic cable is still the "gold standard" for providing schools with high-speed connections to the Internet, but for many districts, accessing complete fiber networks remains a challenge.
January 15, 2014 – Education Week

Many school districts have not set clear policies and practices for storing data in the cloud, according to a study by the Fordham Law School.
January 8, 2014 – Education Week

The discovery of racist text messages involving a Pennsylvania superintendent has cast new light on the complex challenges faced by school IT directors as digital devices proliferate.
October 16, 2013 – Education Week

Two large-scale efforts to put digital devices in the hands of students have been halted because of a variety of hardware and management problems.
October 16, 2013 – Education Week

Money issues, mobile technologies, and equity concerns are prominent topics in public comments to the FCC about how to improve the program.
October 2, 2013 – Education Week

The global market for learning games and simulations is expanding, but experts say the level of interest does not appear to be as evident in K-12 schools.
September 18, 2013 – Education Week

Ensuring the authenticity of student work is an area of intense scrutiny for online course providers, which must determine if students are getting too much help from parents or others.
September 11, 2013 – Education Week

The country's largest state-sponsored K-12 online school is confronting declines in funding and enrollment, a sign of major policy shifts now reshaping the world of online education.
August 28, 2013 – Education Week

The state is pursuing policy and funding changes meant to open up the world of online education to more providers, such as K12 Inc., the largest for-profit virtual education provider in the country.
August 28, 2013 – Education Week

Policies emerging from the two state consortia developing common-core assessments would set limits on the devices' use, and likely influence classroom practice.
August 21, 2013 – Education Week

In a notice of proposed rulemaking, the commission calls for revising the E-rate program to support schools’ use of more up-to-date Web connections.
August 7, 2013 – Education Week

Wisconsin researchers are examining whether games can measure learning and build attention, empathy, and other noncognitive skills.
August 7, 2013 – Education Week

Proposals in Congress highlight lingering disagreements over whether computer-adaptive assessments should include questions above and below a student's grade level.
July 10, 2013 – Education Week

A new proposal unveiled by the president includes an ambitious overhaul of the federal E-rate program to ensure universal broadband access and updated technology in the nation's classrooms.
June 12, 2013 – Education Week

Philadelphia will soon join a number of other big-city school districts that have founded virtual schools as a way to expand school choices for parents and lure students back to their school systems.
June 5, 2013 – Education Week

Better technology and high-profile school violence are driving renewed interest, but the trend also draws criticism.
June 5, 2013 – Education Week

The federal program is in danger of becoming as outdated and insufficient as a sputtering dial-up connection in a Wi-Fi world, many ed-tech leaders say.
May 15, 2013 – Education Week

Technical glitches during recent online assessments in a number of states are prompting worries about schools' ability to administer common-core testing in 2014-15.
May 8, 2013 – Education Week

Pressures put on school systems by the upcoming common-core assessments, and increasing emphasis on digital learning, are straining districts' online capacity, the official says.
April 24, 2013 – Education Week

While socializing virtually can make it harder for students to make deep connections with one another, new studies suggest that situations like video-chats or avatar environments can lead to more natural engagement.
April 24, 2013 – Education Week

With new communications technology, school boards are confounded by how to conduct business and conform to open-meetings and -records laws.
April 17, 2013 – Education Week

A Virginia middle school is partnering with the University of Virginia to use 3-D printing technologies to teach science and engineering concepts.
April 3, 2013 – Education Week

The 16 districts that won Race to the Top grants are taking vastly different approaches as they aim to make over the classroom experience.
March 27, 2013 – Education Week

A group of three states have joined together to create a common proposal for purchasing technology products in what could signal other cooperative buying efforts.
March 13, 2013 – Education Week

The vast majority of middle and high school teachers who are involved in high-level educational programs such as Advanced Placement and the National Writing Project say the Internet has become a key component of their teaching, a Pew survey says.
March 6, 2013 – Education Week

A research project in the Memphis, Tenn., schools is comparing two different professional-development approaches that incorporate technology.
February 27, 2013 – Education Week

Massively open online courses are growing more popular in colleges and universities, but there are questions about the quality of the courses and the retention of students.
February 6, 2013 – Education Week

New York City and Virginia initiatives aim to bridge the gap between what products and services schools need and what companies are providing.
January 30, 2013 – Education Week

The popularity of e-books, however, is growing, according to a Scholastic survey of 6- to 17-year-olds.
January 23, 2013 – Education Week

Teachers around the country are using digital games such as World of Warcraft and Angry Birds to teach academic concepts.
January 23, 2013 – Education Week

Many school districts are likely to need to add more bandwidth, and improve their overall technology capacity, in anticipation of giving new common assessments online, experts say.
January 16, 2013 – Education Week

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