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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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08/21 01:50 pm | K-12 Dealmaking: FreshGrade Brings in $4.3M to Connect Teachers, Parents | Canadian-based FreshGrade, Inc. raised $4.3 million of venture capital to expand its digital assessment and communication platform to K-12 schools throughout the United ...

Blog: Digital Education

08/21 02:17 pm | Computerized Essay-Scoring Helpful for Student Feedback? | Computerized essay-scoring may actually be more effective in changing student behavior than human scoring, Annie Murphy Paul wrote recently in the Hechinger Report.

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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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Developers hoping to transform digital learning games from lightweight classroom fun to serious instructional tools could soon have access to new technologies to help make that happen. August 19, 2014 – Education Week
A new organization billing itself as a "Consumer Reports for school materials" will soon begin posting online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to align with the common-core standards. August 15, 2014 – Education Week
Indiana's state schools superintendent says she has reached a $3 million settlement with CTB/McGraw-Hill after disruptions to standardized tests last year. August 6, 2014 – AP
Principals are applying concepts familiar in business circles—such as marketing, branding, and coordinated public outreach through social media—to manage their schools. July 31, 2014 – Education Week
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

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