April 2015 Archives

President Obama announced new ConnectED initiatives to provide $250 million in free e-books to students and meant to give all students in 30 communities a library card.


Common Sense Media announced the launch of a $20 million national education-advocacy effort that the organization's CEO says is meant to make it an "AARP for kids" in terms of its reach.


Changes to the new Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act have won over some educator groups, but raised concerns from the ed-tech industry.


States are making significant progress in digital education efforts, with over 400 digital learning policies implemented in 2014, new ExcelinEd report finds.


A revamped federal student-data-privacy bill would cover more student information, allow fewer uses of that data, and impose new requirements on ed-tech vendors.


Fourteen states are now mandating that computer science classes be counted towards high school graduation requirements, a new report from Education Commission of the States finds.


State superintendent Dale Erquiaga said Nevada's test providers "have failed to uphold their obligations."


Nearly a quarter of teens are online "almost constantly" and 73 percent of teens own smartphones, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.


The American Institutes for Research, which was awarded a $220 million contract to oversee the assessments, accepted responsibility for the latest problems.


Although it's just a first step, bipartisan support for the "I-TECH" amendment by the Senate Education Committee is seen as positive by ed-tech advocates.


Four pending studies presented at AERA offer surprising findings and a nuanced look at the use of iPads and e-readers with young children.


Given time and space to innovate, librarians can be instrumental in engaging students in using programming tools, researchers said.


Fewer than 4 percent of students in a new study displayed the skills to effectively evaluate the reliability and credibility of online science information.


Does providing more teachers with basic training, or a few teachers with intensive training, result in the most impactful integration of classroom technology?


A preview of the jargon-filled annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, written at a 5th-grade reading level.


Enthusiastic usage of Google Docs did not translate into improved student test scores, according to small-scale new study.


One hundred K-12 educators nationwide were selected for PBS LearningMedia's Digital Innovators program, which recognizes effective use of technology in the classroom.


Education Week's new report "Blended Learning: Breaking Down the Barriers" features a story highlighting research on the effectiveness of such techniques.


USA Today reporter Greg Toppo examines the ways digital games are transforming education in a new book, "The Game Believes in You."


Lawmakers and policymakers should expand the scope of student data that is protected and require more of ed-tech vendors, argues a new report from NEPC.


Educators and technology leaders shared best practices for edtech in public and private schools in an Education Week Twitter chat.


A draft overhaul of FERPA would ban the use of students' educational records for marketing, allow companies to be fined, and expand parental opt-out rights.


Technology should make learning more meaningful and better support teachers, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told developers at the ASU+GSV summit on Tuesday.


Three leading educators will discuss what public and private schools can learn from each other when it comes to ed tech during a Twitter chat Tuesday, April 7 from 8 to 9 p.m. ET.


Lumen Learning announced that it has raised $2.5 million in private equity, funding that it says will help support its continued development of open educational resources.


Knewton, the company known for digital learning profiles of students, is partnering with HP to tag and code print materials, and make them "adaptive" to individual student needs.


Test developers have spent years trying to devise ways to stamp out cheating on online exams, a review of Education Week's coverage shows.


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