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.
A Virginia school administrator was awarded legal fees from his school board after child pornography charges were dropped against him following his investigation of a student sexting incident.
Experts in the field are hoping the pick is someone with a passion for the potential of educational technologies, of course, but who can also leverage some influence in making ed tech a policy priority with some real money behind it.
You may remember a year or so back in Chicago, there was talk of opening a brick-and-mortar school that would specifically be designed for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning students. Those plans never came to fruition, but it looks like the concept has moved instead to the online arena. The GLBTQ Online High School is currently accepting applications for the 2010 school year. The private, nonprofit online school, based near St. Paul, Minn., will serve students across the nation, as well as worldwide, on both a part-time and full-time basis. The school is committed to creating a safe, affirming ...
It is clear from the growing presence of open-source technologies at conferences such as NECC and in the education press that these alternatives have reached a level of maturity at which they can be credibly considered, especially given the budgetary constraints so prevalent today.
Erin Gruwell's inspiring keynote, which marked the end of this year's NECC, illustrated the importance of making learning relevant to students and using tools, like education technology, to help students achieve.