Top educational technology news: May 2012

Here are some of the key ed-tech stories from our May 2012 edition.

In the May 2012 issue of eSchool News, we report on several significant ed-tech developments, including a speech by education historian Diane Ravitch about the promises—and perils—of school technology; what parents and educators want most from assessment; and the result of a web filtering lawsuit with important implications for schools.

To read these stories in our digital edition, click on the headlines below—or browse through the entire publication by clicking here.

Diane Ravitch warns of ed tech’s ‘perils’

Technology offers incredible potential for education, but it also presents certain perils that all education stakeholders must take care to avoid, said noted education historian and NYU professor Diane Ravitch on March 16 at the Computer-Using Educators conference in Palm Springs, California…

Parents, educators want more from assessment

Thanks to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, K-12 educators are spending more time than ever before on testing their students’ skills—but is all this testing doing any good?

The results from a new national survey reveal that both parents and educators would like to see a wider variety of school assessments that go beyond the high-stakes exams now common in schools—and they’d like to see a wider range of skills and subjects tested as well, including so-called 21st century skills such as problem solving and critical thinking…

District, ACLU reach settlement in filtering lawsuit

In settling a lawsuit filed by the ACLU,  a central Missouri school district whose internet filtering software was blocking access to websites supportive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has agreed to stop blocking the sites, submit to monitoring for 18 months to confirm compliance, and pay $125,000 in legal fees and costs…

eSchool News Staff

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