As we all know, technology is constantly evolving, leading to advancements in edtech.

These advancements have a big impact on teaching and learning, on district and school efficiency, and on educators’ ability to personalize instruction for students.

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Here are some of the most interesting edtech news reports from the past couple weeks.

1. From The Washington Post:

When Christian Chase wants to take a bathroom break at his high school, he can’t just raise his hand. Instead, the 17-year-old senior makes a special request on his school-issued Chromebook computer. A teacher approves it pending any red flags in the system, such as another student he should avoid out in the hall at the same time, then logs him back in on his return. If he were out of class for more than a set amount of time, the application would summon an administrator to check on him.

Heritage High School in Loudoun County, Va., introduced the software, called e-Hallpass, in September as a way to track trips to the bathroom, the nurse’s office, the principal or other places on campus. It collects the data for each student’s comings and goings so approved administrators can see pass histories or look for patterns.

Read the full story here.

2. Via Science Daily:

Preparing elementary school students for active citizenship in an increasingly digital world requires introducing them to the latest technologies, but engaging those same kids in the classroom and involving their parents and caregivers in the process is more than a matter of providing children with access to the latest electronic devices.

Tablets and laptops have their educational virtues, according to Annahita Ball, an assistant professor in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, but her research suggests they have limitations as well.

Read the full story here.

3. From Forbes:

The digital revolution is transforming the education sector. Instead of textbooks, students are using online platforms for learning. And instead of attending a class when they want to study a new language, they are downloading an app.

Global education technology (edtech) is one of the fastest growing sectors, expected to be worth $252 billion by 2020, according to EdTechXGlobal, with a diverse population of startups disrupting traditional education, as we know it.

Read the full story here.

4. Bonus read:

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About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura


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