June 16, 2010

Digital Directions, Vol. 03, Issue Spring/Summer 2010
Education Tech-Trends Update
Digital Directions has created a special data section for this issue that examines a host of factors.
June 14, 2010
3 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Video Essays Play as Auditions for College
But skeptics of the new admissions approach worry it could overshadow academic achievements.
Ian Quillen, June 14, 2010
2 min read
School Climate & Safety Tech-Savvy Students Hack Into School Computers
Schools work to prevent teen hackers from creating cyber mischief, such as logging on as teachers and changing students' grades.
Katie Ash, June 14, 2010
4 min read
Ten-year-old Thomas Tinker, who has Asperger’s syndrome, works at home on math and language skills with tutor Brittany Holloway via webcam. Thomas had trouble attending regular school and is now educated at home with the help of the Idaho Virtual Academy.
Ten-year-old Thomas Tinker, who has Asperger’s syndrome, works at home on math and language skills with tutor Brittany Holloway via webcam. Thomas had trouble attending regular school and is now educated at home with the help of the Idaho Virtual Academy.
Joe Jaszewski/Digital Directions
Special Education Educators Weigh Benefits, Drawbacks of Virtual Spec. Ed.
As e-learning has grown, more parents of children with special needs are considering cyber schooling as a viable option.
Katie Ash, June 14, 2010
5 min read
BRIC ARCHIVE
iStockphoto/Jesus Conde
Education Funding Districts Employ Creative IT Purchasing Tactics
Chief information officers are using a host of approaches to drive down technology prices and get the best deals for their schools.
Ian Quillen, June 14, 2010
7 min read
Infrastructure Top Picks
Education Week Digital Directions' list of go-to sites for educators.
June 14, 2010
2 min read
BRIC ARCHIVE
Illustration by Roy Wieman
Infrastructure Social Networking Goes to School
Educators are integrating Facebook, Ning, Twitter, and other sites into K-12 life despite concerns about privacy, behavior.
Michelle R. Davis, June 14, 2010
12 min read
Professional Development Educators Eye Ning's Move To Pay Model
Although the popular social-networking platform Ning will start charging to maintain sites, certain education networks may remain free.
Michelle R. Davis, June 14, 2010
4 min read
Instructional-technology teacher Kelley Ward has the ability to control students’ screens from the computer at her desk at Barr Middle School in Grand Island, Neb.
Instructional-technology teacher Kelley Ward has the ability to control students’ screens from the computer at her desk at Barr Middle School in Grand Island, Neb.
Lane Hickenbottom
Teaching Class Management Systems Monitor Students' Monitors
Educators say the monitoring systems help track what students are doing on their classroom computers, which helps teachers keep them on task.
Ian Quillen, June 14, 2010
5 min read
Education Meet the DD Writers
Meet the people who bring Education Week Digital Directions' stories to life.
June 14, 2010
2 min read
IT Management Innovation on the Agenda
The Obama administration is urging educators and policymakers to embrace a host of digital-learning approaches.
Katie Ash, June 14, 2010
4 min read
Infrastructure Technology Tools Prompt an 'About-Face' in K-12
The evolution of social-networking tools and other technologies is pushing schools to try new approaches.
Kevin Bushweller, June 14, 2010
2 min read
Oakland Community Unit School District No. 5 Superintendent Michael Smith holds his BlackBerry, which he says has become crucial for his job.
Oakland Community Unit School District No. 5 Superintendent Michael Smith holds his BlackBerry, which he says has become crucial for his job.
Randy Squires_Digital Directions
Infrastructure School Leaders Rely on Smartphones
Administrators use the devices to stay in constant contact with employees and parents.
Katie Ash, June 14, 2010
5 min read
Alicia Iannucci, center, a teacher at the Quest to Learn charter school in New York City, guides students on a fractions game.
Alicia Iannucci, center, a teacher at the Quest to Learn charter school in New York City, guides students on a fractions game.
Photo courtesy of Institute of Play
Curriculum Educators Connect Digital Games to Learning
But the lack of training programs for how to integrate games into classrooms is slowing the adoption of this approach.
Katie Ash, June 14, 2010
5 min read