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While K-12 teachers often use mainstream social platforms such as Facebook, they are more likely to seek out and return to more exclusive networks that meet their professional needs. (Education Week)

A rush of investment in educational technology creates the possibility of a "bubble" and a subsequent crash, a recently released paper speculates. (Marketplace K-12 Blog)
A modest increase in the market's total value was attributed to sizable gains in software for administrative tasks, professional development, and testing. (Marketplace K-12 Blog)

A National Science Foundation program is attempting to create a space within the agency devoted to supporting research on advanced learning
technologies. (Education Week)
A Tennessee district's concerns about the costs associated with adopting technology for the common-core tests underscore broader uncertainties about those exams' pricetag. (Digital Education Blog)

Rick Hess argues that for-profit education initiatives can give schools incentive to become 'early adopters' of cost-saving tools and techniques. (Rick Hess Straight Up Blog)
Appropriate high-quality professional development and ongoing support for teachers are essential to success, Monica Beglau writes. (Sputnik Blog)

The Los Angeles school board may reconsider a proposal from schools superintendent John Deasy to purchase an electronic device, possibly an iPad, for each of the district’s 650,000 students. The proposal—a pilot for which was narrowly rejected by a bond oversight committee in December but is eligible for revival by the board—would be by far the largest deployment of iPads in K-12 education and cost an estimated $450 million, sparking heated debate within the district. San Diego schools announced in April it is purchasing about 26,000 iPads for its 135,000-student district for $15 million, the largest current deployment.


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Two groups of states are using federal funds to design new assessment systems and instructional tools for the common standards. Both aim to move past multiple-choice-only tests to include essays, projects, and other tasks designed to gauge deeper, more complex learning. Join us as representatives from each group describe their test designs and instructional tools.

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