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Best Practices in School Technology: Winter 2013

Interactive, mobile technologies present limitless learning opportunities.

How to improve student achievement by up to 20 percent, foster greater student engagement and interaction, and sustain ed-tech funding in schools: These are among the many best practices in school technology we’ve published in recent weeks.

In this special collection, we’ve assembled the top ed-tech best practices from the eSchool News archives. These articles are sure to inspire success as you work to implement technology effectively in your own schools.

—The Editors

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Best Practices in School Technology: Winter 2013

4 excellent special-needs learning tools

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Writing is a challenge for many students. This is especially true for students of diverse backgrounds and students with identified disabilities who are increasingly accessing college. If students…

The science of the sudden school turnaround

The science of the sudden school turnaround

New research helps to unveil the science of the school turnaround, revealing that improving schools dramatically isn’t about working miracles—it’s about having the right tools and the right…

Encourage greater interaction and engagement with classroom management software

Encourage greater interaction and engagement with classroom management software

NetSupport School is a classroom management software program that gives teachers the ability to instruct and visually or audibly monitor, as well as interact with, their students—either individually,…

How to sustain technology funding in schools

How to sustain technology funding in schools

Involving the community, identifying backup revenue sources, and dedicating time and resources for professional development are the keys to sustaining technology funding and ed-tech initiatives, according to a…

Tips and take-aways from a successful mobile learning program

Tips and take-aways from a successful mobile learning program

Starting small might be the key to success when it comes to deploying a mobile learning initiative, according to two educators whose district has implemented a successful mobile…

Social learning networks promote student engagement, global awareness

Social learning networks promote student engagement, global awareness

One of the goals of a social studies curriculum is to ensure that students are aware of different cultures and geographies—including how these are similar to or different…

Data: It’s more than test scores

Data: It’s more than test scores

It’s pretty common these days to hear the term “data-driven decision-making” in education and assume it is synonymous with standardized test scores. But we all know that students…

Making gains with real-world science connections

Making gains with real-world science connections

Helping middle school students grasp abstract science concepts can be a challenge. Many times, when we teach something in class, students have nothing to relate it to in…

Technology helps make speech therapy easier

Technology helps make speech therapy easier

With speech language pathologists in short supply, rural Glenn County in northern California has turned to PresenceLearning to provide online speech therapy services for about 10 Willows Unified…

How to have assessment without testing—and without losing valuable instructional time

How to have assessment without testing—and without losing valuable instructional time

Most educators can agree that frequent progress monitoring is critical to achieving a data-driven culture. However, under my direction at Cahuenga Elementary School in Los Angeles, we employed…