October 20, 2008

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Vol. 2, Issue Fall 2008
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Over the past several months, as concerns about the economy have grown, chief information officers and other ed-tech leaders are facing a universal challenge: how to maintain, or even grow, IT programs with declining resources.
Meet the writers and bloggers for Digital Directions.
Digital Directions Senior Writer Michelle R. Davis is managing a social-networking project with the aim of identifying the top 10 problems in educational technology and determining how to solve those problems.
Jim Hirsch, the associate superintendent for academic and technology services for the Plano, Texas school system, discusses how his district has built a reputation for embedding technology into learning and the management of schools.
Top online resources for ed-tech leaders and educators.
Alternate-reality games, which use the actual world as their stage and encourage players to participate by imagining themselves, as themselves, in simulated situations, may be the curriculum of the future.
"Green technology" is fast becoming part of a school tech leader's lexicon. It's being incorporated into everything from saving paper to building new high schools.
Ed-tech leaders are employing creative tactics to cut IT costs and save programs.
As the movement for "open" education resources continues to grow, encouraging educators to share online curricula and materials­ for free, it's become vital for ed-tech leaders and classroom teachers to understand the different types of licenses that make the process legal and safe.
School technology leaders across the country differ when it comes to the skills, education, experience, and personality they look for when hiring an IT specialist.
Technology-based forces of “disruptive innovation” are gathering around public education and will overhaul the way K-12 students learn—with potentially dramatic consequences for established public schools, according to a new book that draws parallels to disruptions in other industries.
Because of user-friendly video-editing programs and Web 2.0 technologies, digital video has begun to creep into art classrooms across the nation—and the world.
Under pressure to raise graduation rates, some high schools are turning to online courses to help faltering students revive their academic careers and retrieve the credits they need to earn their diplomas.
For educators who think real life does not offer enough opportunities to practice their profession, there is 'Second Life.'

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