Classroom Technology Collection

Digital Directions in Education Week

About 1,000 students participated in the 9th-annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference at the University of Maine in Orono in 2012. They learned about digital game design and other computer skills.
About 1,000 students participated in the 9th-annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference at the University of Maine in Orono in 2012. They learned about digital game design and other computer skills.
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IT Infrastructure Maine 1-to-1 Computing Initiative Under Microscope
Gov. Paul LePage has called for a review of his state's groundbreaking digital learning program, questioning the impact of the effort on student achievement.
Benjamin Herold, August 30, 2016
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School & District Management Brain Imaging Eyed as Path to Better Education Software
Pioneering researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are investigating how scans of human brain activity can provide information on student problem-solving, potentially leading to better ed-tech products.
Benjamin Herold, August 18, 2016
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Pinsir, a Pokémon character, is found by a group of Pokémon Go players at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami this summer. The recent surge in popularity around the online game has sent legions of players hiking around cities and battling with “pocket monsters” on their smartphones.
Pinsir, a Pokémon character, is found by a group of Pokémon Go players at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami this summer. The recent surge in popularity around the online game has sent legions of players hiking around cities and battling with “pocket monsters” on their smartphones.
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Classroom Technology Educators Weigh Learning Value of Pokémon Go
Teachers see potential to use the Pokémon Go game to help teach local history, civics, and other lessons, but skeptics worry about privacy risks.
Michelle R. Davis, August 2, 2016
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Classroom Technology Digital Device Choices Could Impact Common-Core Test Results, Studies Finding
Some test questions are likely harder to answer on tablets than on laptop or desktop computers, presenting a new challenge as states move to online assessments.
Benjamin Herold, July 19, 2016
6 min read
Education Funding Ed-Tech Market in Flux as Investors Grow More Selective
Analysts see signs that the market, both globally and in the United States, is cooling off a bit after years of intense activity.
Sean Cavanagh, June 7, 2016
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Erie Onna Seaster, 3, right, and other children at the Crescent Early Learning Center in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood use an app-based activity earlier this year to support “high-quality talk” among children, parents, and teachers. Pittsburgh is one of the MacArthur Foundation’s “connected cities.”
Erie Onna Seaster, 3, right, and other children at the Crescent Early Learning Center in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood use an app-based activity earlier this year to support “high-quality talk” among children, parents, and teachers. Pittsburgh is one of the MacArthur Foundation’s “connected cities.”
Jeff Swensen for Education Week-File
Education Funding MacArthur Foundation Launches Nonprofit to Scale Up Digital Learning
The new organization, named Collective Shift, wants to connect schools, businesses, libraries, museums, and city leaders in efforts to build new “ecosystems of learning.”
Benjamin Herold, October 20, 2015
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IT Infrastructure Schools Set to Adjust to Revamped E-Rate Policies
A new version of the E-rate program will include funding for school and library wireless-technology projects, and phase out support for services that federal officials see as outmoded.
Sean Cavanagh, August 1, 2014
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John Eppolito requested access to educational data Nevada has collected on his four children.
John Eppolito requested access to educational data Nevada has collected on his four children.
Data $10,000 Price Tag Put on Nevada Parent's Data Request
The situation is raising a tangled web of questions about state educational databases, federal student-privacy laws, and common-core standards.
Benjamin Herold, June 10, 2014
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IT Management Student-Login Chaos Fueling Software Password Upgrades
Schools are exploring "single sign-on" technologies that allow both teachers and students to access multiple software programs with just one set of login information.
Benjamin Herold, June 3, 2014
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Data Indiana Data Network Draws Opposition
An Indiana project that seeks to track information on students from elementary school through their time as adults in the workforce is drawing objections from critics concerned about data privacy and security.
Michelle R. Davis, May 20, 2014
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Assessment NAEP Crafts Plans to Deploy Tablets for Testing
The architects of one of the best-known gauges of student achievement—the National Assessment of Educational Progress—are preparing for a dramatic expansion of technology-based assessment.
Sean Cavanagh, April 22, 2014
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Salman Khan, the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, is aggressively expanding the nonprofit’s reach, but said, “I’m always concerned as we grow that we don’t lose our charm.”
Salman Khan, the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, is aggressively expanding the nonprofit’s reach, but said, “I’m always concerned as we grow that we don’t lose our charm.”
Ramin Rahimian for Education Week
Standards Khan Academy, Open Ed. Providers Evolve With Common Core
Khan Academy's unveiling of interactive and adaptive math resources tied to the common core represents an important step for the field of "open education resources," observers say.
Benjamin Herold, March 28, 2014
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Mitchell Stoner, 11, of Austin, Texas, tries out a mobile virtual reality device at the Education Expo at the South by Southwest education conference in Austin. The conference aims to connect educators and entrepreneurs to improve schools.
Mitchell Stoner, 11, of Austin, Texas, tries out a mobile virtual reality device at the Education Expo at the South by Southwest education conference in Austin. The conference aims to connect educators and entrepreneurs to improve schools.
Erich Schlegel for Education Week
Executive Skills & Strategy Educators, Entrepreneurs Connect at South by Southwest
About 6,000 educators, entrepreneurs, and other innovation-minded people gathered in Austin, Texas, to talk about how technological advances are fueling improvements in education.
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Federal Ed. Dept. Makes Protecting Student Data a High Priority
Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education comes amid a flurry of activity around student-data privacy, including recommendations from a leading technology trade group and proposed legislation in California.
Benjamin Herold, March 4, 2014
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