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Andrew Charleson, left, and Irene Song read assignments on Google Chromebooks during an advanced 6th grade reading class at Ridgeview Middle School in Gaithersburg, Md. Educators say the laptops make student and teacher collaboration easy.
—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)

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02/27 05:51 pm | Feds Offer Advice on 'Terms of Service' to Require of Ed-Tech Vendors | Federal officials have published model "terms of service" to help guide districts on what privacy policies to demand from vendors.

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02/27 04:50 pm | Model 'Terms of Service' for Data Privacy Unveiled by Ed. Department | Federal officials have issued guidance to help districts review the merits of the "terms of service" on privacy issues offered by educational technology vendors.

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Internet service providers now must act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission. February 26, 2015 – AP
More than 40 ed-tech companies gathered in Washington for the first of several expected training sessions to help companies understand their legal obligations for protecting students' data privacy. February 24, 2015 – Education Week
The Jefferson Education Accelerator, an effort designed with help from the University of Virginia, asks companies to subject their products to independent research conducted in schools. February 16, 2015 – Education Week
A district judge said Idaho's troubled broadband contract is void, clarifying a November ruling that sent state officials scrambling to find a solution to preserve the state's public schools broadband program. February 12, 2015 – AP
State officials are scrambling to make sure their broadband network provides service to school districts, following a legal battle that has left the network's future in limbo. January 20, 2015 – Education Week
Large-scale and ambitious education initiatives hold no academic promises for students, writes researcher Hunter Gehlbach. January 6, 2015 – Education Week
The sale of ConnectEDU Inc. this year played out on a public stage, and raised concerns among school leaders and privacy experts about how its considerable trove of student data would be used. December 9, 2014 – Education Week
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 – Education Week
The Federal Communications Commission, weighing new rules, received a flood of responses from educators and educational technology companies urging the agency to preserve the open Internet for schools. November 11, 2014 – Education Week
The popularity of social-media sites and the increasing ability of software to analyze information give members of the class of 2015 more online tools than ever to help chart their next step. November 4, 2014 – Education Week

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