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SETDA launches digital learning implementation guide

A new and free resource addressing six focus areas aims to help school leaders implement digital learning initiatives effectively. The Guide to Implementing Digital Learning (GIDL), from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), is a free web-based resource to support school and district leaders as they work to ensure that investments in digital learning spark positive results. “Digital learning is more important today than ever before. Our students are digital natives and when students utilize technology in the classroom, they are true 21st century learners," said Tom Luna, Idaho’s superintendent of public instruction. GIDL was developed through the input of state educational...

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Pearson unveils new approach to social studies education

Developing an understanding of social studies--where our society has been and where it is going--is crucial to success in today’s fast-paced, interconnected world. Last month, Pearson unveiled new secondary…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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5 apps for creative iPad storytelling

Narrative writing and storytelling skills are useful in nearly every discipline, from English language arts to science and history. Students that might not be able to explain their…

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Girls-only class teaches computer, welding, woodworking skills

Nationwide, at most 3 percent of trades workers are women. But in a Sherwood High School welding, computer technology and woodshop class, it's completely the opposite. Every student…

Educator Resource Centers

Mac to School

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Districts across the nation are facing a dilemma: How can you keep up with the changing landscape of expensive educational technology when budgets are tighter than ever? The…

Using Video to Transform Instruction

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Video is a powerful tool to help students learn—and a growing number of educators are integrating video into their instruction, either by using pre-existing video assets or by…

Controlling Costs, Boosting Efficiency Through Smarter School Management

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School and district leaders must be responsible stewards of public goods and resources—and this has never been more true than in today’s extreme climate of tight school budgets…

Transforming Today’s Math Education

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Math can be a challenging subject for many middle and high school students—and schools and districts often struggle to find ways to improve math proficiency while sustaining student…

How to Make Blended Learning Work

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Blended learning, in which students experience a mix of face-to-face and online instruction, is catching on in K-12 schools—and advocates of this approach say that, when done well,…

Teaching Essential 21st Century Skills

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Today’s students need more than just instruction in the core topic areas. They also need to learn key 21st-century skills that will serve them well in a globally…