October 20, 2010

Digital Directions, Vol. 04, Issue Fall 2010
Headmaster Julie Coles, left, works with Dequisha Hill, 19, on strategies for reading comprehension during the Online Learners Academy, a credit-recovery course at the Greater Egleston Community High School in Boston.
Headmaster Julie Coles, left, works with Dequisha Hill, 19, on strategies for reading comprehension during the Online Learners Academy, a credit-recovery course at the Greater Egleston Community High School in Boston.
Erik Jacobs for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Demand Still Growing for Online Credit-Recovery Classes
As Boston, Chicago, and New York City look to online credit-recovery programs, some say state “seat-time” rules need re-examining.
Mary Ann Zehr, October 15, 2010
1 min read
Classroom Technology E-Learning Industry on the Rise
For-profit online course providers are expanding in the K-12 market, but experts urge schools to critically evaluate the benefits the companies tout.
Constance Gustke, October 15, 2010
3 min read
Curriculum Challenges Seen in Moving to Multimedia Textbooks
Most districts have the technology to support the basic digital textbooks of today, but not the interactive, multimedia-rich ones of the future.
Katie Ash, October 15, 2010
7 min read
School Climate & Safety Chicago Students Push District to Loosen Cellphone Rules
Students on a community council that aims to encourage teens to be more involved in civic affairs suggested the technology reform to the district superintendent.
Ian Quillen, October 15, 2010
2 min read
BRIC ARCHIVE
iStockphoto/Liv Friis-Larsen
IT Infrastructure Schools Open Doors to Students' Mobile Devices
Schools are showing growing interest in using student-owned cellphones and netbooks to build 1-to-1 computing programs.
Ian Quillen, October 15, 2010
10 min read
Fifth grade teacher Nicolette Vander Velde works with one of her students on a netbook at East Elementary School in Littleton, Colo.
Fifth grade teacher Nicolette Vander Velde works with one of her students on a netbook at East Elementary School in Littleton, Colo.
Courtesy of Bill Youmans
Classroom Technology Schools Combine Netbooks, Open Source
The marriage of netbooks and open source has given schools the power to create and expand 1-to-1 computing.
Patricia Mohr, October 15, 2010
6 min read
BRIC ARCHIVE
iStockphoto/Leah-Anne Thompson, iStockphoto/gabyjalbert
Special Education Schools Test E-Reader Devices With Dyslexic Students
But the jury is still out on the impact those digital tools are having on helping students with reading disabilities.
Katie Ash, October 15, 2010
6 min read
Curriculum Web 2.0 Fuels Content Filtering Debate
In the shifting world of the connected classroom, some suggest a seismic showdown is brewing over the value of Internet filtering.
Ian Quillen, October 15, 2010
7 min read
Meishan Spradlin combines face-to-face teaching and videoconferencing to expand her reach as a Chinese-language teacher in Hall County, Ga.
Meishan Spradlin combines face-to-face teaching and videoconferencing to expand her reach as a Chinese-language teacher in Hall County, Ga.
Tom Reed/Gainesville Sun/AP
English-Language Learners Ga. Students Learning Chinese Via TV
Teleconference technology is letting teachers reach more than one school in a class period.
The Associated Press, October 15, 2010
1 min read
School & District Management School Principals' Practices on Social-Networking Sites
A recent report shows how involved principals are in social-networking sites vs. teachers and librarians.
October 15, 2010
1 min read
IT Infrastructure Texas Turns iTunes Into a Teaching Tool
Gov. Rick Perry recently announced the creation of a Texas Education iTunes U channel, which will focus on providing K-12 teaching and learning materials.
Ian Quillen, October 15, 2010
1 min read
Classroom Technology Netbooks vs. Mobile Internet Devices
As schools investigate the most cost-effective approaches for establishing 1-to-1 computing programs, one step experts say they should take is weighing the benefits and drawbacks of netbooks vs. mobile Internet devices.
October 15, 2010
1 min read
Classroom Technology Analysis Notes Virtual Ed. Priorities in RTT Winners
The International Association for K-12 Online Learning outlines the 19 finalists' plans to use online learning to achieve Race to the Top goals.
Ian Quillen, October 15, 2010
1 min read
Curriculum Schools Fall Behind in Offering Computer Science
One survey indicates a sizable drop in the availability of even introductory computer-science courses in public and private secondary schools since 2005.
Erik W. Robelen, October 15, 2010
1 min read
Education Funding FCC Approves E-Rate Changes
Schools will have the opportunity to vie for funds to support initiatives that allow students to use mobile technologies in school and at home.
Ian Quillen, October 15, 2010
1 min read
Education Top Picks
Education Week Digital Directions' list of go-to sites for educators.
October 15, 2010
2 min read
Education DD Writers
Meet the people who bring Education Week Digital Directions' stories to life.
October 15, 2010
1 min read
Ed-Tech Policy New Attitudes Signal Shift in Ed-Tech Perspective
Digital Directions Executive Editor Kevin Bushweller says you know the ed-tech landscape is shifting when federal policy finally adjusts to advances in technology.
Kevin Bushweller, October 15, 2010
1 min read
Classroom Technology Educators Explore How to Use GPS for Teaching
GPS technologies can be used to show students how to solve real-world problems in science and other areas.
Katie Ash, October 15, 2010
4 min read