Top ed-tech news: February 2013

Here are some of the top ed-tech stories in the February 2013 edition of eSchool News.

Federal officials have imposed sweeping changes designed to protect students’ online privacy … Publishers answer the call for more digital textbooks … Educators use popular video games as teaching tools: These are among the top ed-tech stories in the February 2013 edition of eSchool News.

Our February digital edition is now available online. You can browse the full publication here, or click on any of the headlines below to read these highlights:

Feds target kids’ web privacy

Aiming to prevent companies from exploiting online information about children under 13, the Obama administration has imposed sweeping new changes in regulations designed to protect a young generation with easy access to the web. But some critics of the changes worry they could stifle innovation in the market for educational apps…

Publishers answering the digital textbook call

The call for U.S. schools to move toward digital textbooks within the next five years has some education officials pondering their options. Publishers, meanwhile, are starting to answer the call…

Educators use popular video games as teaching tools

People who worried that the technology boom would lead to kids playing video games in class were right: In schools around the country, students are playing such games as “Minecraft,” “World of Warcraft,” and “Angry Birds”—and their teachers are encouraging it…

Four key elements of online education programs

Progress monitoring tools and proper training in online teaching are critical factors in supporting and sustaining successful online education programs, according to a survey of school leaders…

How to sustain technology funding in schools

Involving the community, identifying backup revenue sources, and dedicating time and resources for professional development are the keys to sustaining technology funding and ed-tech initiatives, according to a survey conducted by the nonprofit Digital Wish…

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