Will Changes to Federal 'Lifeline' Program Boost Students' Home Internet Access?

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says he wants to make major changes to a federal program that subsidizes low-income families' Internet access.


'Pricing Database' Envisioned for Districts to Compare Cost of Ed-Tech Purchases

A "pricing database" would allow districts to compare what they're spending on desktop and laptop computers and tablets.


Can Technology Get Kids to Play Outside?

A new startup company aims to use technology to enable, rather than replace, nature-based education for young children.


PARCC to Shorten Next Year's Common-Core Test

The PARCC consortium approved a redesigned Common Core test that will be 90 minutes shorter than the current exam, and has agreed to shift the testing window to later in the school year.


Banning Cellphones Leads to Higher Test Scores, U.K. Study Finds

U.K. researchers found that banning cellphones effectively added an hour of instructional time per week. Low-achieving and at-risk students saw the largest benefits.


FERPA Targeted (Again) in Two U.S. Senate Bills

A modest update and a radical makeover for the country's most significant current federal data-privacy law were proposed in the U.S. Senate this week.


$3.9B E-Rate Bonanza Will Be Awarded to Schools and Libraries, FCC Says

A record $3.9 billion in E-rate funds will be awarded to schools and libraries this year, with no phone-bill increases for consumers.


Twitter Chat: How Can Digital Games Boost Learning?

An Education Week Twitter chat explores how digital learning games are being used in the classroom.


The Latest Ed-Tech Research: Studies You Need to Know From AERA 2015

Studies presented at the American Educational Research Association on iPads and early literacy, students' online reading skills, Google Docs, and the frontiers of ed-tech use drew big reactions from readers.


Common Sense Media Evaluating Privacy Policies of Ed-Tech Products

Common Sense Media is working with over 20 districts to establish a rating system for the privacy policies and security of ed-tech products.


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