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Superintendents and chief technology officers are modeling their commitment to use technology to improve schools by blogging and tweeting regularly about what works and what doesn't work. (Digital Directions)
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The worldwide e-learning market is poised to grow by more than 20 percent over the next five years, according to one estimate.
(Marketplace K-12 Blog)
Developers of games seeking to break into the K-12 market should produce short, focused products that can be used in a single classroom session, a report recommends. (Marketplace K-12 Blog)

Teachers around the country are using digital games such as World of Warcraft and Angry Birds to teach academic concepts. (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. (Education Week)

Tom Segal looks at the power of social media to unite millions of independently operating web browsers within the spectrum of a single idea or movement. (Reimagining K-12)
Making sure that all students have Internet access, at home and in school, is crucial, writes Helen Brunner. (Education Week)

A recent analysis by IBIS Capital, a London-based investment bank, predicted that the global market for e-learning will grow by 23 percent between now and 2017. The report also said that the size of all global education expenditures stands at $4.4 trillion.


FREE! As the Common Core State Standards take hold in schools, educators are changing approaches to teaching, testing, textbooks, and professional development. This Spotlight reviews some of the new texts aligned to the standards, results from the earliest student assessments, principal training efforts, and ways to reduce costs associated with common-core implementation.

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Friday, February 15, 2013, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

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During this chat, our guests will discuss their experiences implementing BYOD (bring-your-own-device) policies in schools, address BYOD’s advantages and challenges, and walk through ways to ensure that the strategy does not put some students at a disadvantage.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

As educators work to help students meet the demands of the common-core standards, many arts education advocates are making the case that the arts can be a valuable partner. In this webinar, join two experts who will discuss the potential for arts integration with the common core and offer practical examples.

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Friday, February 22, 2013, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

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In this webinar, Kim Spencer, senior program manager, will discuss how the K12 Homebound Education and Alternative Learning program can help districts effectively and efficiently meet the unique logistical, educational, and emotional obstacles that homebound students face as they attempt to balance academics with treatment and recovery.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

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Join Kirk Langer, Director of Technology, Lincoln Public Schools, to hear how his team was able to replace a manual system of random emails and phone calls with an automated and easy-to-use help desk solution, including:
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 4 to 5 p.m. ET

Explore the methods used by accomplished educators to build intrinsic, or self-directed, motivation in students. Our expert guests—teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo and principal Chris Wejr—will provide background and actionable strategies for creating conditions in classrooms and schools that inspire students to take greater ownership of their learning and futures.

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Reimagining K-12

In this opinion blog, Matthew Greenfield and Tom Segal of Rethink Education examine how innovative ideas, creative people, and marketplace trends are reshaping K-12 education.
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Education Week Staff Writer Jason Tomassini covers business and innovation. In this blog, he tracks business trends and emerging models in K-12 education.
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Vander Ark on Innovation
In his opinion blog, Tom Vander Ark analyzes the interrelationships between student needs and learning experiences and how schools innovate to meet those needs and improve those experiences, especially through the use of educational technology.
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