Planning an Ed-Tech Transformation...in 1989

A 1989 report on schools' technology planning featured some long-forgotten devices and terminology, but many familiar concerns.


L.A. School iPad Deal With Apple, Pearson Critiqued in Board Report

Perceived conflicts of interest, possible manipulation in the bidding process, and questions about Pearson's curriculum are addressed in a review of the L.A. school system's iPad purchase.


IKeepSafe Launches K-12 Digital Literacy Initiative With Free Online Curriculum

The curriculum, released this week, is the first in a series of lessons and resources to be released by the nonprofit over the next 18 months.


L.A. Schools Chief Halts Massive iPad Contract Amid Questions

Schools Superintendent John Deasy said the district will launch a new bidding process and "no longer utilize our current contract" with Apple.


Gauging the Academic Payoff, Per Dollar, From Open Ed. Resources

David Wiley, a supporter of open-educational resources, argues that the free materials easily top commercial resources when judged by "learning outcomes per dollar."


Computerized Essay-Scoring Helpful for Student Feedback?

Computerized essay-scoring may actually be more effective in changing student behavior than human scoring, Annie Murphy Paul wrote recently in the Hechinger Report.


Camp Inspires Middle School Students to Design App That Helps Charities

Middle school students designed apps that help charities, and others that assist individuals with vision impairment and speech disorders.


Arkansas School-Broadband Landscape Not So Bleak After All, Group Contends

Arkansas officials now believe they can meet national school-connectivity goals by reprogramming existing funds and better leveraging federal E-rate dollars.


App Helps Conservative Parents Choose Where to Spend on Back-to-School

Back-to-school is the focus of a "conservative shopper app" that helps consumers find companies whose donations and advocacy align with their political beliefs.


Minecraft MOOCs for Teachers Part of Ed-Tech Company's Push Into K-12

Though MOOCs have yet to take off in K-12 schools, Instructure unveiled two new online courses for teachers interested in the popular digital game Minecraft.


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