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U.S. moves closer to common standards

Math and English instruction in the United States moved a step closer to uniform—and more rigorous—standards March 10 as a revised draft of new national guidelines was released. But the…

Professors, beware: Your nasty eMail could go viral

The prospect of an eMail bouncing to every corner of the internet has college professors measuring their words carefully after a New York University professor’s acerbic eMail to a student…

Rural schools need more federal attention

According to a new report, one out of every four rural students fails to graduate from high school. From changing Title I formulas to providing cutting-edge technology, it’s time to…

Is better learning a click away?

Clickers first appeared in college classrooms over a decade ago and have since spread to just about every college and university in the country, thanks to cheaper and better technology.…

Cracks in school innovation fund might present problems

Just days before the U.S. Department of Education released applications for the $650 million Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund on March 8, education technology researchers and developers expressed some concerns…

Nation’s ed-tech chief reacts to budget concerns

Karen Cator, director of education technology for the U.S. Department of Education, has heard the concerns from ed-tech groups about President Obama’s 2011 budget proposal, which would fold the largest…

Feds release new national ed-tech plan

The new National Education Technology Plan, released March 5, sets an ambitious agenda for using technology to transform teaching and learning, ed-tech advocates say--and a call to action that is…

Duncan to publishers: Create engaging digital content

The federal government’s investment in education technology is an opportunity for the publishing industry, which must respond by creating more engaging content that is relevant for today’s tech-savvy students, said…

Federal officials address ed-tech concerns

Before an audience of chief technology officers from across the country, Karen Cator, director of education technology for the U.S. Department of Education, and Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra…

Race to the Top finalists announced

The U.S. Department of Education has named 16 finalists in the first round of its Race to the Top competition, which will deliver $4.35 billion in school reform grants. …