June 15, 2011

Digital Directions, Vol. 04, Issue Spring/Summer 2011
Classroom Technology Tech-Trends Update
This special Digital Directions data section examines the growth of online coursetaking, how often teachers use computers, and the views of educators and students.
June 15, 2011
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Assessment Nev. Students Accused of Hacking Network to Change Grades
Authorities in Pahrump, Nev., have arrested 13 people as part of an investigation into students' hacking into a school computer system to change class grades.
McClatchy-Tribune, June 15, 2011
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Infrastructure How Far Can Schools Go in Regulating Teachers' Social-Media Use?
Many teachers and professors nationwide are finding themselves in hot water for expressing their views through blogs and social media.
McClatchy-Tribune, June 15, 2011
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Infrastructure High School Teacher Battling Cancer Skypes His Lessons
On the first day of class, students remembered walking into the classroom and seeing their teacher’s image projected onto a 4-by-6-foot whiteboard.
McClatchy-Tribune, June 15, 2011
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Equity & Diversity ACLU, Yale Law School Run Campaign Against Filtering LGBT Content
The ACLU says that schools who filter LGBT content on the Internet are infringing on free-speech and the Equal Access Act.
Ian Quillen, June 15, 2011
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School & District Management Tracking the Pace of E-Learning
The 2010 "Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning" report breaks down the state of e-learning in the U.S.
Katie Ash, June 15, 2011
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School & District Management NYC Tech Programs Coming Under Microscope
Local media criticizes some New York City Department of Education programs for increasing tech spending amidst teacher layoffs.
Ian Quillen, June 15, 2011
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Classroom Technology Surveys Track Social Networking, Online Ed.
Survey finds that social networking and smartphone use is increasing in both students and teachers.
Katie Ash & Ian Quillen, June 15, 2011
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Kevin Bushweller
Kevin Bushweller
Classroom Technology The Innovation Balancing Act
Editor Kevin C. Bushweller discusses the issue of balancing digital innovation and academic accountability.
Kevin Bushweller, June 15, 2011
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Education DD Writers
Meet the people who bring Education Week Digital Directions' stories to life.
June 15, 2011
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llustration by_Roy Wiemann_Digital Directions
Student Well-Being E-Portfolios Evolve Thanks to Web 2.0 Tools
New technologies are making it quicker and easier than ever to create digital portfolios of student work, a method of assessment experts say increases student engagement.
Katie Ash, June 15, 2011
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Freshman Yana Failor works on her laptop at San Francisco Flex Academy, a hybrid charter high school where students are offered Web-based curriculum and face-to-face instruction.
Freshman Yana Failor works on her laptop at San Francisco Flex Academy, a hybrid charter high school where students are offered Web-based curriculum and face-to-face instruction.
Ramin Rahimian for Digital Directions
Classroom Technology 'Hybrid' Charter Schools on the Rise
Loosely based on the idea of combining face-to-face education with online instruction, the blended model of schooling is growing in popularity.
Michelle R. Davis, June 15, 2011
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Illustration by Randy Lyhus
Classroom Technology 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.
Michelle R. Davis, June 15, 2011
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Jennifer Sloan, a 4th grade student at Summit View Elementary School in Independence, Ky. uses an iPad during a lesson. The northern Kentucky elementary school class received $30,000-worth of the tablet computing devices in late 2010 from the Duke Energy Corporation, for use in math and science assignments.
Jennifer Sloan, a 4th grade student at Summit View Elementary School in Independence, Ky. uses an iPad during a lesson. The northern Kentucky elementary school class received $30,000-worth of the tablet computing devices in late 2010 from the Duke Energy Corporation, for use in math and science assignments.
Amanda Davidson/The Cincinnati Enquirer/AP
Classroom Technology 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.
Ian Quillen, June 15, 2011
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Classroom Technology Educators Eye iPad Alternatives
As more schools and districts explore using tablet computers, some are beginning to think beyond the iPad.
Ian Quillen, June 15, 2011
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Teaching Taking Risks and Achieving Results
A former New York City schools principal recalls the path he took to transform a struggling school into one of the best in the city.
Michelle R. Davis, June 15, 2011
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During an informal “campfire chat” on the ISTE Second Life Island, participants discuss the themes from a series of virtual speaker presentations.
During an informal “campfire chat” on the ISTE Second Life Island, participants discuss the themes from a series of virtual speaker presentations.
Courtesy of ISTE
Infrastructure 'Second Life' Struggles to Catch On With Educators
The amount of training required to become proficient with "Second Life" has discouraged many educators from using it for professional development.
Katie Ash, June 15, 2011
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Teachscape’s omnidirectional camera is used to capture in real time a 360-degree classroom scene. In the video stream it creates, both the instructor and the students can be seen.
Teachscape’s omnidirectional camera is used to capture in real time a 360-degree classroom scene. In the video stream it creates, both the instructor and the students can be seen.
Zhigang Zhu/Department of Computer Science, City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center
Teaching Profession Video Tools Take Panoramic View of Classrooms
Technology aims to help teachers see how things are going in all parts of their classrooms and then make instructional adjustments.
Ian Quillen, June 15, 2011
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Courtesy of EDC/Center for Children and Technology
Science Programming Digital Fun Into Science Education
Despite a lack of hard-hitting research linking video games and simulations to learning gains, educators are showing increasing interest in using them to teach.
Katie Ash, June 15, 2011
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