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A screen shot from Mission US: Flight to Freedom, the controversial digital learning game about U.S. slavery produced by WNET in New York City.

Digital-Simulation Game on U.S. Slave Experience Sparks Debate

An award-winning, publicly funded digital learning game that asks middle school students to assume the role of a black slave in 1800s America is prompting debate about when and how to employ the power of interactive technology to teach about painful eras of history. (March 3, 2015)

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Some ed-tech leaders say the federal program's current policy not to reimburse districts for out-of-school broadband access is a barrier to innovation and better use of digital tools for learning.
March 11, 2013 - Education Week
Putting a computing device in the hands of every student requires a willingness to take risks and an understanding of what has worked in the past.
March 11, 2013 - Education Week
But education leaders are wrestling with how to put measures in place to allow students to take school-issued digital devices home at the end of each day.
March 11, 2013 - Education Week
Experts say professional development should put razor-sharp attention on what students need to learn, rather than on how to use specific devices.
March 11, 2013 - Education Week
Facilities are being designed and re-designed around the belief that classrooms should mirror the workplaces of today and the future.
March 11, 2013 - Education Week
The teaching approach that combines online and face-to-face instruction is now having an impact on how new buildings are designed and how current ones are redesigned.
March 11, 2013 - Education Week
Schools are working to incorporate more multimedia into classrooms, upgrade online professional development, and do a better job using data to improve student achievement.
March 11, 2013 - Education Week
Technology helps students in many ways, but it also has implications for student attention spans and learning styles, Matthew Lynch writes.
March 5, 2013 - Education Week
Creators of online courses are finding new ways to incorporate interactive, game-based learning in online curriculum.
February 7, 2013 - Digital Directions
But some companies are using the term "open" very loosely in the promotion of certain products to capitalize on the popularity of the concept.
February 6, 2013 - Digital Directions

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