An ed-tech blogger asks "Do most educational games suck?" The post ponders the differences in quality and engagement potential between tech games with an academic purpose and commercial ones intended mainly for entertainment.
A blog discussion between college professors about their dismay over cellphone use in their classes sparks debate about whether the devices are necessary for learning.
There's been quite a bit of tech talk here at edweek.org that readers of this blog may find useful. Yesterday, over at the Curriculum Matters blog, reporter Sean Cavanagh talked about fears that the United States is falling behind other countries in its ability to protect citizens from cyber attacks, which is part of the reason why Tom Luce, a former top education official in the Bush administration, says it's important to bolster math and science education. The essay, which appeared in the Huffington Post, is here and be sure to check back in on Curriculum Matters to share ...
A magazine article details the frightening case of a Wisconsin high school student who allegedly persuaded teenage boys to send nude photos of themselves electronically and then blackmailed them into performing sexual acts.
The conference sessions cover curriculum, assessment, effective ways to use student data, and equipping students for the global workplace. There are also presentations describing innovative school programs in Chicago, Denver, Wichita, and other places.
I wanted to draw your attention to a relatively new initiative from the Consortium for School Networking, Web 2.0 in Schools: Policy & Leadership. An advisory committee was formed last year in July, but it seems like most of the work they've done has been pretty recen. This report, for example, released in May 2009, talks about what the administrator's role is in navigating the education opportunities of Web 2.0 tools with keeping students safe online. Based on a survey of about 1,200 district administrators, the report found that nearly three-quarters thought that Web 2.0 tools—such ...
The board for the Miami-Dade County school district approved a plan today to educate students about the legal and safety issues related to “sexting,” the recent craze among adolescents of sharing nude or sexually provocative photos over cellphones.
A new series of Webinars from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning provides a how-to on building virtual school programs.
Congress has ordered a Federal Communications Commission review of BusRadio amid complaints that the service is sometimes age inappropriate and that the students are being forced to listen to the commercials played on the station.
The maintenance and professional development costs associated with the effective use of educational technology are often overlooked when calculating the costs of putting the tools into classrooms.