—T.J. Kirkpatrick for Education Week

Chromebooks Gaining Popularity in School Districts

The low-cost, cloud-based laptops from Google accounted for nearly one-third of all mobile digital-device sales to U.S. schools in the first half of 2014. (November 11, 2014)

Ed-Tech Vendors Often in Dark on District Needs, Study Shows

Many districts use needs assessments and pilot tests to set ed-tech priorities, but those efforts tend to produce little useful information for companies, the report says. (November 13, 2014)

E-Rate Funding Would Rise Sharply Under FCC Plan

A proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would raise yearly funding for the E-rate program from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion. (November 17, 2014)

Net Neutrality' Stirs Passions of Some Ed. Groups, Gets Silence From Others

A number of education and technology groups have called for the FCC to protect net neutrality, but the nation's two biggest teachers' unions have been silent on the issue. (November 10, 2014)

Smarter Balanced Field Test Report Calls For Strong Internet Connectivity

Interrupted Internet connections sometimes caused issues in the field tests, according to a study that spotlights the need for sufficient technology infrastructure and bandwidth in schools. (November 4, 2014)

K-12 Dealmaking: Blackboard Buys ParentLink; Fifth Acquisition of 2014

Blackboard acquired ParentLink, a communication platform that connects schools with parents and the community. (November 14, 2014)

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Personalized Instruction Pays Dividends for Charters, Study Finds

Charter schools using personalized learning boosted students' math and reading achievement more than schools using traditional educational techniques with students, a new study found. (November 5, 2014)

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Webinar: Empowering Students With Project-Based Learning and Google Tablets

Hear how students at St. Albans City School are using Google tools to engage with the local community and improve the region’s trail systems. (November 24, 1 p.m.)

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Many Districts Lagging on Implementing Common Core, Survey Finds

A new report claims "the future of the common core remains uncertain at this important juncture" because many districts are not yet fully prepared to impart the new academic expectations in reading and math. (October 8, 2014)

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Taking Stock of Personalized Learning

This report tackles the issue of personalized learning, arguably one of the hottest topics in education this year, and an educational concept that raises all kinds of questions and concerns about how students should learn in the digital age. (October 20, 2014)

Tablet Sales Growing in U.S., World Markets Even as iPads Slip

The market for tablets at the global level, and in the U.S., continues to grow, though Apple's sales of iPads declined in the third quarter, according to the IDC. (November 4, 2014)

Federal Research Program Tries to Bring Startup Ed-Tech to Market

The Small Business Investment Research center at the U.S. Department of Education attempts to fledgling ed-tech businesses and bring them to commercial success. (October 31, 2014)

Teachers Outpace Publishers as Key Source of Common Core Materials

A new study of districts' common core implementation finds that instructional materials purchased from businesses are less likely to be used in classrooms than teacher-developed curricula. (October 30, 2014)

State Digital Education Programs Grow, But Disparities Persist

Thirty 30 have fully online schools, serving a combined 315,000 students nationwide, an enrollment number that has risen by 6 percent over the last year. (November 4, 2014)

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