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Cameron Evans, Microsoft’s chief technology officer for U.S. education, says: 'Students are not products. We have a long way to go across the industry in getting everyone on board with protecting students’ [data privacy].'
—Swikar Patel/Education Week

Microsoft Puts Data Privacy on Its Branding Agenda

By backing research and speaking out on the topic, the technology giant is encouraging school officials across the country to demand strong student-data privacy. (July 8, 2014)

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Blog: Marketplace K-12

07/24 06:14 pm | K-12 Dealmaking: Education Mergers, Acquisitions Rising in 2014, Report Shows | Education-related mergers and acquisitions increased during the first half of 2014, with purchases of Renaissance Learning and SkillSoft representing the biggest deals.

Blog: Digital Education

07/25 09:54 am | Fort Worth School District Audit Finds 2.7 Million in Wasteful Tech Spending | The audit sheds light on the need for schools to be cautious when purchasing new technology, and diligent when monitoring its usage.

Blog: Sputnik

01/16 08:15 am | Sputnik Moves to New Orbit! | If you've enjoyed reading Sputnik as much as I've enjoyed writing it, I'm sure you'll equally enjoy reading and reacting to my blog at Huffington Post. Farewell Sputnik!

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Industry and Innovation
This section of Education Week examines the education marketplace and new approaches that are changing K-12 education. A grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helps support the project.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's recent $120 million gift to San Francisco Bay Area public schools is no panacea—just ask Newark, writes Frederick M. Hess. July 16, 2014 – Education Week
By backing research and speaking out on the topic, the technology giant is encouraging school officials across the country to demand strong student-data privacy. July 8, 2014 – Education Week
From sexual harassment to the glass ceiling, the challenges women face in the workplace are suddenly front and center in the educational technology world. July 3, 2014 – Education Week
Purchases of technologies that help power districts' administrative and operational functions have lagged, although some observers predict a rebound in the near future. June 9, 2014 – Education Week
The "return on education" investment concept moves toward center stage as measuring the impact of ed-tech products and services becomes more sophisticated. June 9, 2014 – Education Week
The CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages says business leaders should develop a deep appreciation for the challenges teachers face June 9, 2014 – Education Week
The CEO of Discovery Education says the best digital learning efforts are driven by school leaders who have the courage and conviction to try new educational approaches. June 9, 2014 – Education Week
The Renaissance Learning CEO says that educators are becoming "data-fluent," helping them understand how to tailor learning more effectively for students June 9, 2014 – Education Week
Educational technology has become a hot area for investors, but some worry that could signal a bubble about to burst, leaving students and teachers in the lurch. June 9, 2014 – Education Week
A series of nascent efforts in schools and districts is underway to help administrators take a more discerning approach when purchasing products and services June 9, 2014 – Education Week

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