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Articles by Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the eSchool News Managing Editor. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Laura interned at eSchool Media while attending UMD, and upon graduating, Laura was lucky enough to join the eSchool Media team. She enjoys covering mobile and handheld technologies, BYOD trends, equity in broadband access, and special education.

When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, boating, and rooting for the Terps.

Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura

Texting with students can profoundly impact their success

A text message can have a profound effect on the ability of students to learn, according to some researchers at Hardin-Simmons University. Scott Hamm, director of online education at the school,…

Mobile apps, gaming top students’ school wish lists

Three-quarters of schools in a recent survey say they currently use or plan to use e-learning software, and two-thirds of teachers and staff say they currently use or plan to…

How 6 districts do the Hour of Code

Mark Zuckerberg and Ashton Kutcher do it. This year, President Obama became the first president to do it. What is it? Coding. This year's Hour of Code, which takes place any…

FCC approves $1.5B E-rate increase

The Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 11 voted to increase funding to the federal E-rate program by $1.5 billion. The additional funding comes from a consumer telephone bill increase of…

Digital Issue Article
Tech aids at-risk students

Interactive learning and other technology-enabled strategies can increase engagement and significantly improve achievement among at-risk students, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) and the…

New Ethernet bridge technology meets bandwidth demands

As more schools shift to digital learning environments and online assessments, districts are looking for reliable and cost-effective solutions to support high-volume web traffic. ContentKeeper, a provider of BYOD and one-to-one…

3D game-based world targets language skills

Learning-based game provider JumpStart launched a 3D online world based on DreamWorks Animation’s new Penguins of Madagascar film. The World of Madagascar is a 3D online world that lets users engage…

8 TED Talks to foster creativity

Every educator needs some inspiration now and then, and these days, such inspiration can be found online in just a few seconds. The internet brings inspiring and motivational speakers and experts…

Amplify launches personalized PD service

A new professional development (PD) system from Amplify aims to personalize PD for educators using smart technology. Professional Learning Maps will break from the one-size-fits-all approach offered by most professional development…

New AP course makes computing more engaging

The College Board and the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently developed Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles, a course intended to address the challenge of making computing coursework more engaging…