The for-profit education provider K12 Inc. is the subject of two papers that draw very different conclusions about the virtual program's merits.
The New York City Schools have launched the "Gap App Challenge," a contest to develop useful games and apps to help students with math skills.
The National Science Foundation has launched a program, Cyberlearning: Transforming Education, that is supporting efforts to integrate educational technology with research on how students learn.
A pair of education organizations are seeking to help districts make wise decisions about purchasing student information and learning management systems.
The breakneck growth in educational technology and investment in it could foreshadow a "tech bubble," not unlike what occurred in the 1990s, a new paper argues.
An online site connects students and high school counselors with college admissions staff, who provide information on financial aid, admissions standards, and campus life.
Teachers are often not given the training they need to use technology to collect, analyze, and utilize information to improve student learning, a report says.
The push for accountability in virtual education, rapid growth of blended learning, and experimentation with open education resources were also top trends in 2012.
The guide offers a framework for helping K-12 school officials use evidence to judge the effectiveness of education technologies.
The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two consortia of states designing common-core tests, released technology specifications.