June 13, 2012

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Vol. 05, Issue 03
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Educational technology leaders must balance uncertainty and opportunity as they face changes in the ed-tech market and new demands related to the common core standards and assessments, writes Digital Directions Executive Editor Kevin Bushweller.
As more schools integrate digital games into learning, programs are evolving to turn students into video-game designers.
Programs geared toward mobile-app development engage students through technology, business, and marketing.
Initiatives seek to give students permanent online records for skills they have developed that they could then use when applying to college or for jobs.
K-12 educators designing digital badge programs can look to a handful of examples in higher education for guidance on this new achievement-tracking technique.
The number of learning-management-system companies is growing fast, making it more difficult for district leaders to identify the best ones.
New forms of online professional development are challenging traditional methods used to acknowledge teacher efforts.
Readiness tool to pinpoint tech deficits as schools prepare for common core online assessments.
The 2012 online teacher of the year says her virtual connection with students is stronger than it was in the traditional classroom.
Schools around the world often ban the use of mobile devices on campus, but the writers argue for taking the complete opposite approach by integrating them into classroom learning.
A survey of college presidents shows an expectation that online coursetaking will continue to expand.

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