February 9, 2011
Digital Directions, Vol. 04, Issue Winter 2011
Curriculum Calif. District Pushes Digital-Text Initiative Forward
Hundreds of teachers in the school system are now using digital devices to provide content to students through e-textbooks.
School Climate & Safety 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.
School Climate & Safety State Cyberbullying Laws Range from Guidance to Mandate
At least 44 states have anti-bullying laws, but the cyberbullying aspects of those measures run the gamut from effective to window dressing to possibly unconstitutional.
Reading & Literacy Classroom-Tested Tech Tools Used to Boost Literacy
To improve reading skills, many teachers are relying on technologies they already have rather than new tools and software programs.
School & District Management Ed-Tech Advocates Eye Rupert Murdoch's Move Into K-12 Market
Educational technology experts say the purchase of ed-tech company Wireless Generation by media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. raises questions about how effective the partnership will be over the long haul.
Curriculum Harvard Planning a National Digital Public Library
Harvard University has announced plans for an open, distributed digital network that represents a consensus of the country's libraries, universities, archives, and museums.
Families & the Community Full-Time E-Learning Not Seen as Viable Option for Many
Even advocates concede that full- time virtual education might not be a good fit for students with both parents working outside the home.
College & Workforce Readiness 'Digital Connectors' Prepares Students for IT Careers
A new program helps prepare high school students for careers in information technology. It is operating in North Philadelphia and in 11 other cities, including Chicago, Denver, Miami, and Washington.
IT Infrastructure & Management Preventing District Data Crashes Requires Anticipation
The range and unpredictability of threats to school districts' data systems can be unnerving, making protecting them difficult.