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The 10 Most Memorable Stories of 2011: Ed Tech

By The Editors — December 27, 2011 2 min read

The editors at Education Week have handpicked memorable articles from 2011. Below are ten of the most significant stories from our 2011 coverage of education technology.

Take another look at the reporting and analysis in these stories from our expert team of reporters. For more compilations, visit our complete collection of memorable Education Week stories from the past year.

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1. Scandal Clouds News Corp.’s Move Into Education

Amid the furor over a tabloid’s phone hacking, the company’s Wireless Generation subsidiary seeks to distance itself from the fallout while facing questions about New York contracts. (August 9, 2011)

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2. Schools Struggle to Balance Digital Innovation, Academic Accountability

Using educational technology in new and different ways to improve student learning is often at odds with standardized testing and other traditional measures of achievement. (June 15, 2011)

3. Virtual Ed. Advocates Respond to Wave of Criticism

As e-learning moves into the K-12 mainstream, it is attracting a growing number of critics, who say it suffers from a lack of accountability and insufficient evidence of effectiveness. (November 23, 2011)

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4. Schools Tackle Legal Twists and Turns of Cyberbullying

Experts say getting students to help support school policies to prevent cyberbullying is crucial for those measures to be effective. (February 4, 2011)

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5. Lectures Are Homework in Schools Following Khan Academy Lead

The “flip model” of schooling calls for students to watch lectures online for homework and use class time for discussions, problem-solving, and labs. (September 27, 2011)

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6. Educators Evaluate Learning Benefits of iPad

In the wake of the iPad 2 release, teachers are still determining best practices for the different versions of the tablet computing device. (June 15, 2011)

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7. Building the Digital District

The 1-to-1 laptop program in Mooresville, N.C., is producing results and helping other districts develop a strategy to link technology to achievement. (October 17, 2011)

8. Linking E-Courses to ‘Common Core’ Academic Standards

The widespread pledge by states to adopt common standards could allow virtual education to truly break down state boundaries for teachers and students, experts say. (January 7, 2011)

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9. Calif. District Pushes Digital-Textbook Initiative Forward

Hundreds of teachers in the school system are now using digital devices to provide content to students through e-textbooks. (February 4, 2011)

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10. Digital Book-Sharing Unlocks Print for Students

A service called Bookshare makes traditional books quickly accessible for students with certain disabilities. (November 1, 2011)

A version of this article appeared in the January 12, 2011 edition of Education Week