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4 ways to leverage federal funds for ed-tech

Education technology is a priority in today's classrooms, and this includes ensuring that students have access to technology tools and high-speed internet to access digital learning resources. While school budgets are still burdened, federal funding programs, including formula and competitive grant programs, can funnel funds directly to digital learning opportunities, even if program rules and statutes do not explicitly reference ed-tech. In an open letter to educators, Richard Culatta, the U.S. Department of Education's director of the Office of Educational Technology, outlines some ways that federal funds from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), along with funds from the Individuals with...

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5 critical student data questions for schools

Student security and data privacy are top concerns for today's students, and now federal guidelines are helping to shed light on the often confusing issue of data security.

Six areas that can improve teaching quality

A new policy guide from seven educational groups aims to help state leaders improve teaching quality with examples of models that, through research and actual implementation, have proven…

Are states making the right decisions with charter schools?

Whether or not you’re for or against charter schools, the charter movement is spreading like a wildfire in many states across the country. Now, one report details which…

The best and worst states for teacher policy

Teacher quality has been a hot, if polarizing, topic in education recently, with many states making what some perceive to be progressive steps in teacher policy. One new…

Obama touts ed tech, 21st century skills

The jobs of the new economy will require higher-order skills such as “problem solving” and “critical thinking,” President Obama said during his State of the Union address Jan.…

Budget for 2014 is a mixed bag for schools

Congress has passed a federal budget for the 2014 fiscal year that includes more money for early childhood education, a priority of President Obama. The budget also restores…

Court strikes down net neutrality rules

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14 struck down important segments of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order, which had kept service providers from…

Feds push for new approach to classroom discipline

The Obama administration has issued new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are punished for violating school…

The best and worst districts for school choice

According to a new report, there is little information available on what makes a school district not only suitable for school choice, but what differentiates the districts that…

Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 4: Big Data

4. ‘Big Data’ infiltrates education, bringing privacy concerns as well.

At the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas, in early March, the most influential new ed-tech product unveiled…

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Empowering Literacy Through Technology

Empowering Literacy Through Technology

The definition of “literacy” is evolving in the 21st century. Not only does it involve fluency in reading and writing, but it also implies an ability to think…

How to Make Flipped Learning Work

Flipped learning, in which students watch instructional videos for homework and use class time to apply what they’ve learned, is catching on in many schools. But there are…

Choosing the Right Devices for Your Schools

iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, Android devices, or Windows 8 tablets: School leaders today have a wide variety of mobile learning options to choose from. When rolling out a digital learning…

Reinventing the Classroom

Technology holds great promise to transform teaching and learning: It allows for more personalized instruction, higher levels of student engagement, and instant assessment of students’ skills—giving educators real-time…

Transforming Language Instruction

A growing number of K-12 leaders believe that exposure to world languages and culture—even at a very early age—is critical to students’ competitiveness in the 21st century. But…

Using Data to Improve Student Achievement

While schools now measure their students’ progress more frequently throughout the year, using this information to target instruction more effectively still poses a challenge. Turning data into higher…