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Kids in Ohio taking state tests may still need pencils

Ohio is rolling out online standardized tests this school year, but students will continue to do more than a third of the new assessments on paper with pencil. The exams accompany new Common Core academic standards and were designed to be taken online; however, schools were allowed to use paper versions after many complained that they weren’t ready. A recent state survey of Ohio schools obtained by The Dispatch found that 60 percent of the assessments in grades three through eight will be done online, and 40 percent will be completed with paper and pencil; and 64 percent of school end-of-course exams...

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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…

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The best tips for getting your school ready for Common Core assessments

An elearning pro shares how to prioritize to make the transition to online assessments smoother As with anything in life, certain tradeoffs must happen in order for schools…

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Schools try remote instruction through immersive technology

Parker senior Elizabeth Kruse wasn't sure what to expect when she decided to take AP music theory this fall. She wasn't afraid the class would be difficult, but it…

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Blocking access to YouTube creates dilemmas for schools

In Pennsylvania, some Mars High School teachers and administrators are pressing for YouTube to be unblocked from student computers, but others are hesitant to give students unfettered access…

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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…

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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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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…

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20 tips for putting Google’s 20 percent time in your classroom

Originally pioneered at places like 3M and HP, Google’s vaunted 20 percent time, which lets employees spend a full one-fifth of their time on passion projects, has spawned…

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Can you spot these IT misconfigurations?

Through a new contest, IT professionals are challenged to find misconfigurations and best practices violations that put service availability and disaster recoverability at risk. Continuity Software's Infrastructure Mania Contest…

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Obama praises educators’ efforts to end digital divide

President Barack Obama recognized school superintendents from across the country on Nov. 20 whose efforts to expand classroom technology means it no longer takes 20 minutes for a…

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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…

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…

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…

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…