Tomorrow, I'll be traveling north a few hours from my home in Portland to attend the T+L Conference, sponsored by the National School Boards Association, in Seattle. While I'm there, I'll keep you updated by blogging here on Digital Education and Twittering, so stayed tuned. And for those of you who can't make it to the conference, there's an online chat taking place at the conference about one of my favorite subjects—educational gaming in the classroom—hosted by Julie Evans of Project Tomorrow on NSBA's Web site. It's scheduled for Tuesday, October 28 at 1pm Pacific time, and ...


A panel discussion today at the American Enterprise Institute, in Washington, will feature Clayton M. Christensen, the Harvard Business School professor and the lead author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. He will give an address, which will be followed by a discussion with Christensen and one of his two coauthors, Michael B. Horn, of Innosight Institute, as well as education expert Chester E. Finn Jr., the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. It will be interesting to learn how Checker Finn and Frederick M. Hess, AEI's education policy expert who will ...


If you are tracking the rise of virtual schooling, you’ll find the best current information about the growth and maturing of this new way of teaching and learning in “Keeping Pace With K-12 Online Learning: A Review of State-Level Policy and Practice,” sponsored by 10 groups and companies in the industry, including the North American Council for Online Learning. The fifth annual edition of the report, released Oct. 23, gives evidence that growth continues apace, though not uniformly. Programs that are supplemental to students' enrollment in regular school are growing fastest overall, with one in three increasing enrollment by ...


NetTrekker d.i.—a company that provides an educational search engine for schools—recently released its list of top 100 school districts that keep students safest as they search. The title of the rankings is somewhat misleading, as the criterion for determining the safest school district was based solely upon the amount of time districts spent using the netTrekker software, but it does point to an overall trend in ed-tech to keep students safe online. As students become more and more plugged in and technology savvy, teaching them how to use the Internet appropriately is becoming a bigger issue for ...


Video lessons aiming to help high schoolers succeed in AP-level courses and to give them an edge on college admissions tests are the main offerings of an online startup that debuted this week. San Francisco-based Brightstorm Inc. has rolled out an initial set of 20 courses, each consisting of about 15 “episodes,” or instructional units of from 8 to 15 minutes long. The courses, which cover a range of AP subjects as well as SAT- and ACT-Prep, are supplementary. They assume that students are taking the conventional course in a classroom or perhaps online. But in each video course, a “rock...


Vint Cerf, who is often called the "father of the Internet" for his contribution to creating its technical protocols and architecture, will have a hand in developing a framework for the first nationwide technology literacy assessment of U.S. students, as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. That's the inside scoop from Steven A. Schneider, of WestEd, which on Oct. 6 was awarded the contract by the National Assessment Governing Board to develop the framework and specifications for the test. The assessment, which will be first offered on a pilot basis in 2012, will be "totally computer-based," Schneider, ...


I just finished reading Andrew's post about T.H.E. Journal's endorsement of Sen. Obama, which dovetails nicely with the DD poll about which presidential candidate would do more for ed-tech. Take a minute to weigh in on who you think would be the best ed-tech president....


This Web site gathers videos of government officials talking about IT. Although there isn't much that's directly education-related, a lot of the videos touch on topics that are floating around in education just as much as they are in government—how budget crunches affect IT, security concerns, the effect of Web 2.0 on daily activities, etc. I just finished listening to the Government Leaders' IT Crystal Ball which talks about the future of IT, especially in light of the presidential election. There aren't a whole lot of videos on the site yet to watch, but if its extensive drop-down ...


An ed-tech trade publication has taken an unusual step in endorsing Democrat Barack Obama for president. It's an interesting move for T.H.E. Journal, a small monthly that relies on corporate advertisers for practically all of its revenue. "It's not something we did lightly; it was something considered deeply among our editorial staff," Geoffrey H. Fletcher, the editor of the journal, told me in a recent interview. T.H.E. Journal is a competitor with Education Week's Digital Directions. He said the endorsement is based on the differences between Obama and Republican John McCain on the journal's core mission: ...


PC Magazine and The Princeton Review have released their list of the top wired colleges for 2008, with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign topping the list, along with Kansas State University, the University of Utah, Bentley College, and Pomona College. Schools were ranked based on the types of technology-related classes offered, technology resources for students, the technological infrastructure, and the amount of tech support available. One of the most interesting aspects of this list for me is its variability. Only 8 of the top 20 schools appeared on the list the last time the survey was conducted in 2006. ...


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