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5 top tech tools of 2014

Some of the year's top ed-tech tools include a free slideshow creator, a reading tool with embedded assessments, and an adaptive math practice game. How many of 2014's top tools…

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Social media access challenges parents, educators

With smartphones and tablet and laptop computers now as common as pencils and notebooks in many classrooms, schools and parents alike are having to figure out how to guide students’…

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How music can inspire strong student writing

On the first day of school, I give my students a pep talk. My goals for the year are laid out. I tell them I expect them to leave my…

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8 innovative ideas for the tech-strapped teacher

Slow internet? No devices? Here's how to make the most of limited classroom tech for next to nothing School districts in the United States spend billions of dollars each year to…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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10 ways to revolutionize PD for the digital age

Odigital-pdver the past 6-8 years we have seen a supersonic advancement in public schools and the way our teachers now must teach. This has hit education like a tidal wave,…

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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…