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Five education trends for the new school year

Trends in eTextbooks, coding will dominate the 2013-14 school year

Five education trends for the new school year

4. e-Rate changes and broadband funding

Nothing signals change like a boost in federal funding, and that’s exactly what’s happening with the e-Rate. After years of schools crying out for a raise in the e-Rate’s annual cap—thanks in part to the boom in Bring Your Own Device initiatives—both President Obama and the Federal Communications Commission are finally making broadband funding a larger priority. For more information on this trend, read:

Ed-tech stakeholder advocate for boost in e-Rate cap

FCC to revisit e-Rate

How to improve the e-Rate

5. Coding, programming, and…the arts?

Math and science was the hot trend for last year, but the 2013-14 school year is all about coding, programming, and music. Businesses across the U.S. say it’s time for students to learn the coding language, which can help fill an economic need for more web developers, game-creation experts, and security programmers. There’s also a new, emerging emphasis on music study, thanks in part to new neuroscience research suggesting that learning music can help students with memory and attention-span. For more information on this trend, read:

The coding movement: Resources for computer science education

Creating an app programming class for high schoolers

Music technology boosts student learning skills

What is your favorite trend for the new school year?

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