September 12, 2007

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Vol. 01, Issue Fall 2007
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Does Technology Improve Education?

Kevin Bushweller, executive editor of Education Week's Digital Directions, joins the discussion to offer his perspective on the effectiveness of technology in education.

Chat Transcript

Our guests discussed growing concern that technology and engineering education are often overlooked or underemphasized in the push to improve teaching and learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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The premiere issue of Digital Directions, launched in June, prompted many responses from readers.
Kim A. Rice, the chief information officer for the Boston school system, discusses the challenges of modernizing technology in an urban district.
Includes an exclusive audio interview with Rice.
Public-relations resources, materials for computer science teachers, Second Life for educators, and more.
In some classrooms, instant messaging is the assignment.
Revised federal rules for archiving documents are raising legal and logistical challenges for school districts.
Districts wrestle with security breaches, employee carelessness, and spam.
Teachers and administrators are turning to wikis to help them do their jobs better.
Problems implementing corporate-style software for key business functions in the Los Angeles and Chicago schools have raised cautionary flags for other districts.
School districts are upgrading their professional development to keep teachers and students on the cusp of the latest educational technology.
The interactive-whiteboard industry is expected to reach sales of $1 billion worldwide by 2008.
Many educators believe that gaps in technological access between different socioeconomic groups have not gone away.
Teachers seek out technology that encourages interactive learning by English-language learners.
School districts aiming to shore up their digital security may overlook a seemingly improbable potential threat: copying machines.
Edited excerpts from a recent chat, "The Road Ahead in Educational Technology."

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