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.
School leaders in Delaware, Ohio, Washington and other states have taken steps to quell rumors of school violence posted on social media sites.
Montana state schools superintendent Denise Juneau is asking lawmakers to provide more funding to the state's digital academy to meet rising enrollment.
The Federal Trade Commission finalized rules that specify the types of personal information that cannot be collected from children without parental notice and consent.
A Tennessee district's concerns about the costs associated with adopting technology for the common-core tests underscore broader uncertainties about those exams' pricetag.
A complaint filed with the FTC by the Center for Digital Democracy says SpongeBob Diner Dash collects children's personal information without parental consent.
The U.S. Department of State has developed an online game, Trace Effects, designed to help students abroad learn English and understand American culture.
The Federal Trade Commission reveals the extent to which apps allow students to connect to social media, often without parents' knowledge.