October 19, 2011

Digital Directions, Vol. 05, Issue 01
Professional Development Professional Development
Teachers report the number of hours they spent in professional-development activities for educational technology.
October 17, 2011
1 min read
Kevin Bushweller
Kevin Bushweller
Accountability Feedback Loops for Better Schools
Editor Kevin C. Bushweller discusses how technologies that provide immediate feedback about behavior or performance can help districts turn information into action.
Kevin Bushweller, October 17, 2011
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Kelsey Stephenson works on an online course from her kitchen after school. Her district, the Putnam County, Tenn., schools, requires that students take at least one online course to graduate.
Kelsey Stephenson works on an online course from her kitchen after school. Her district, the Putnam County, Tenn., schools, requires that students take at least one online course to graduate.
Shawn Poynter for Digital Directions
Law & Courts States, Districts Move to Require Virtual Classes
But the new graduation requirements raise concerns about the equity of access to online learning tools and the technological costs of supporting such measures.
Michelle R. Davis, October 17, 2011
6 min read
Special Education iPads Become Learning Tools for Students With Disabilities
In a growing number of special education programs, students and teachers are relying on iPads and other tablet computers to pave a smoother path to learning.
Nirvi Shah, October 17, 2011
2 min read
Law & Courts ACLU Puts Pressure on Districts to Ease Internet Filtering
Access to online information related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and resources is being blocked by some district Internet filtering systems.
Ian Quillen, October 17, 2011
9 min read
Devonte Coleman, 15, catches up on schoolwork in a Mooresville High School hallway.
Devonte Coleman, 15, catches up on schoolwork in a Mooresville High School hallway.
Nicole Frugé/Digital Directions
Classroom Technology Moving Digital Learning Beyond the 'Wow' Factor
Students in Mooresville, N.C., have come to expect regular access to digital learning tools, which have become as commonplace as pencils and paper.
Ian Quillen, October 17, 2011
2 min read
History teacher Judy Maupin, right, watches Principal Carrie Tulbert hug Alexis Butler, 12, between classes at Mooresville Middle School.
History teacher Judy Maupin, right, watches Principal Carrie Tulbert hug Alexis Butler, 12, between classes at Mooresville Middle School.
Nicole Frugé/Digital Directions
Teaching Profession 'Capturing Kids' Hearts' Initiative Focuses on Relationship Building
Educators in Mooresville, N.C., say the initiative has been just as integral to improved achievement as its heavy emphasis on digital learning.
Ian Quillen, October 17, 2011
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Local Area Manager Berry Williams runs an imaging program on MacBooks for kindergarten through 2nd grade students at the Magnolia Annex of Mooresville High School in Mooresville, N.C.
Local Area Manager Berry Williams runs an imaging program on MacBooks for kindergarten through 2nd grade students at the Magnolia Annex of Mooresville High School in Mooresville, N.C.
Nicole Frugé/Digital Directions
Classroom Technology 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.
Ian Quillen, October 17, 2011
14 min read
Curriculum Publishers Turn to Cloud Computing to Offer Digital Content
But schools are just beginning to tap into the cloud because most lack the technological resources or knowledge for how to do it.
Katie Ash, October 17, 2011
8 min read
Kayla Boone, a sophomore at Oak Hills High School, in suburban Cincinatti, and her classmates use their cellphones to text answers to questions during an English class. The answers are displayed on a class whiteboard.
Kayla Boone, a sophomore at Oak Hills High School, in suburban Cincinatti, and her classmates use their cellphones to text answers to questions during an English class. The answers are displayed on a class whiteboard.
Pat McDonogh for Digital Directions
Law & Courts Districts Tackle Questions Surrounding BYOT Policy
"Bring-your-own-technology" to school efforts are prompting schools to determine how to set rules for using student-owned computing devices for learning.
Ian Quillen, October 17, 2011
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South Korean youngsters use tablet PCs to study in a class at Sosu Elementary School in Goesan. The country is one of the most wired in the world, with 80 percent of households having broadband access.
South Korean youngsters use tablet PCs to study in a class at Sosu Elementary School in Goesan. The country is one of the most wired in the world, with 80 percent of households having broadband access.
Ahn Young-joon/AP
Curriculum S. Korea Outlines Ambitious Plans for All-Digital Scholastic Network
South Korea is taking a $2 billion gamble that its students are ready to ditch paper textbooks in favor of tablet PCs as part of a vast digital scholastic network.
The Associated Press, October 17, 2011
1 min read
Student Well-Being San Jose Student Writes App to View Grades
The teenager got Apple's approval to hawk it on the App store, and the application now has more than 2,300 users who downloaded it across the country.
McClatchy-Tribune, October 17, 2011
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Law & Courts ACLU Wants Zuckerberg Gift Records Released
Both the civil liberties organization and parents say they want to know more about how the highly publicized $100 million gift to Newark schools will be spent.
The Associated Press, October 17, 2011
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Classroom Technology La.'s First Online Charter School Starts
Nearly 600 students have started school from their homes as Louisiana's first online charter school for kindergarten through 12th grade opened.
The Associated Press, October 17, 2011
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School & District Management 'Sexting' Suit Settled
A Pennsylvania school district has settled a lawsuit alleging that a principal illegally searched a student's cellphone and found nude pictures she had taken of herself.
The Associated Press, October 17, 2011
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School Climate & Safety Study: Teen Users of Facebook, MySpace More Likely to Drink, Use Drugs
A research organization says teenagers who regularly log onto Facebook and other social networks are considerably more likely to smoke, drink, or use marijuana than teens who don't visit the sites.
McClatchy-Tribune, October 17, 2011
1 min read
Classroom Technology Michigan Pushes E-Learning Options
The Michigan Department of Education has released guidelines that allow more middle school students to take all classes online and some districts to open more virtual charter schools.
McClatchy-Tribune, October 17, 2011
1 min read
Special Education Special Ed. Apps
A collection of apps available for students with disabilities.
Katie Ash, October 17, 2011
3 min read
Infrastructure Schools Seek the Right Mix of Digital Computing Devices
Educators weigh cost and effectiveness when determining the different types of digital devices they need for their 1-to-1 computing initiatives.
Michelle R. Davis, October 17, 2011
6 min read