Five ed-tech topics you’d like to see covered—and how we can help

New: 10 of the best Android apps for education in 2012.” Last year, we presented “Ten of the best Android apps for education,” which highlighted some of the best apps for Google Android-based mobile devices. Now, with recent upgrades in touch technology and HD features, we’ve come up with a new list of the best Android-based education apps for 2012. This year’s list includes some of the most highly rated apps, both by teachers and by students, and features a range that spans from an innovative and hyperlinked dictionary developed by the Cognitive Science Laboratory at Princeton University to an interactive whiteboard app for tablets…

School lunches get a 21st-century makeover.” With new limits on calories, sodium, and saturated fats, as well as increases in minimums for fruits and vegetables, schools are revisiting their nutrition management. Thankfully, there are software programs, apps, and websites available to help schools, parents, and students make the transition successfully…



Site of the Week: Every week, the editors of eSN choose a site for educators that provide free, high-quality learning resources and tools to use in the classroom. You can find a list of these site here, or by scrolling down the “Resources” tab on our homepage and clicking “Site of the Week.”

How-tos and technology reviews


New paper proposes ed-tech evaluation system.” In a new paper, two researchers have proposed to create a new third-party ratings system for educational technology products, which would help link ed-tech buyers and sellers and offer reports on software’s effectiveness. The proposed EDU STAR system, dubbed a “Consumer Reports” for educational technology, also could promote transparency in the ed-tech product market and encourage innovation…

Seven steps to implementing critical student skills.” Administrators and educators know they must integrate higher-order thinking skills into teaching and learning if today’s students are to compete on a global scale. But school leaders sometimes struggle with exactly how to weave such skills into the curriculum. Now, steps for successful integration of four key skills are outlined in a new book by Ken Kay and Valerie Greenhill, both of EdLeader21, a professional learning community for 21st-century educators…

How to have assessment without testing—and without losing valuable instructional time.” Most educators can agree that frequent progress monitoring is critical to achieving a data-driven culture. However, under my direction at Cahuenga Elementary School in Los Angeles, we employed a different strategy for progress monitoring of reading skills development: We tested less. Sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Yet, our results demonstrate remarkable success—and they’ve led to a newfound focus on instruction…


Best Practices: Learn from other educators, schools, districts, and states how to implement effective 21st-century practices, tools, and technology. Click here or scroll down the “Publications” tab on our homepage and click on “Best Practices.”

Readers’ Choice Awards: Our “Readers’ Choice Awards” is a special editorial supplement that highlights the top ed-tech products each year, as nominated by readers. These annual reports are designed to help you determine the best ed-tech products that will help you transform education in your own schools.

Whitepaper library: This exclusive Whitepaper Library brings you the latest free whitepapers in educational technology, covering topics such as reducing the total cost of ownership for educational technology, boosting achievement, improving safety and security, and more. Click here to access the library, or scroll down the “Resources” tab on our homepage and click on “Whitepaper Library.”

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