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Before Buying Technology, Asking 'Why?'
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Before Buying Technology, Asking 'Why?'

Districts might believe that personalized learning follows directly from major technology purchases, but the reality tends to show otherwise. (June 18, 2014)

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Spotlight on Technology in the Classroom

This Spotlight takes a closer look at innovative high-tech resources that are transforming classrooms and learning.

Spotlight on Aligning Curriculum and Technology

This Spotlight explores how districts are using technology to improve student learning, introducing games into classrooms, and using multimedia resources across the subject areas.

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Digital Education Blog

09/19 09:25 am | U.S. Ed. Department's Ed-Tech Nonprofit Was Born This Week: #TBT | A non-profit launched by the U.S. Education Department in 2011 to help support ed-tech innovation now works with 56 districts to identify and spread promising practices.

EdTech Researcher Blog

09/14 10:58 pm | Three Lessons from the History of Education Technology | How new technologies impact teacher practice, student equity, and the rhetoric of change and transformation.

Vander Ark on Innovation Blog

09/19 11:50 am | Master Teachers Share Blended Learning Tips on BetterLesson | In 2011, with over a million resources online, Alex Grodd and Erin Osborn, BetterLesson Co-Founders, noticed that a relatively small percentage of teachers accounted for a ...

On-Demand Webinars

Forging the Technology-Curriculum Link
It’s important for educators to be thoughtful and deliberate in aligning both technology and curriculum to develop the most successful programs for students, which was the focus of this webinar.

The District Goes Digital: Leveraging Online Learning for Broader Student Achievement
In this webinar, Kim McClelland, assistant superintendent of Falcon School District 49 in Colorado Springs, discussed how her district leveraged lessons learned from the implementation of a full-time, online virtual school to address a much broader spectrum of student needs.

Chat Transcript

The Accountability Push in Virtual Learning
Join us on April 9, as our guests will discuss why accountability is so important for virtual schools, what they are doing to ensure high-quality learning for students, and what challenges they face in meeting that goal.

Special Collections

Technology Counts 2012
The 15th edition of Education Week’s annual report on educational technology tackles the shift in the virtual education landscape, where the rise in popularity is intersecting with a call for greater accountability.

Digital Directions
Education Week's destination site for ed-tech leaders, educators, and advocates, Digital Directions provides daily content on the latest trends, issues, and developments in ed tech.

PD Directory

The Professional Development Directory features courses and resources for teachers on:
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Simulations designed to make students communicate and work with others to solve problems are receiving new attention in K-12 testing, despite questions about cost, reliability, and validity.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
The gap between districts that appear to be well prepared to put digital instruction and assessment in place and those that aren't is significant.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
Teachers are eager for new tools to help students develop into better writers, but critics question the ability of the software to critique writing.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
Assistive technologies for students with autism have progressed with the help of iPads, tablets, and apps that assess learning, social skills, and communication, according to experts.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
The growing use of computer-based assessments is opening the door for all students to tap into accommodations once reserved primarily for students with disabilities.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
Summit High School in Oregon is experimenting with a mix of new technologies to build teacher-student feedback loops that help personalize instruction.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
The initiative is billed as an effort to level the playing field for disadvantaged young people by providing an array of free, high-quality resources.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
The new computer system for keeping track of student information has run into so many problems that the accuracy of transcripts and other records remains uncertain.
March 4, 2014 - Education Week
Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education comes amid a flurry of activity around student-data privacy, including recommendations from a leading technology trade group and proposed legislation in California.
March 4, 2014 - Education Week
When budget cuts forced her district to cut back on librarians' schedules, Julie A. Bowline re-deployed her librarians as digital literacy teachers.
March 3, 2014 - Education Week

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