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April 03, 2013

Gates, Facebook Staging "Hackathons" on Education

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Facebook are staging a pair of "hackathons" this months aimed at producing new ideas in college access, social learning and other areas.

June 29, 2010

Teaching the Business of Computer Science

One cutting-edge high school computer science program aims to arm students with the business skills needed to thrive as cyber entrepreneurs.

July 01, 2009

Teaching the Freedom Writers: A Final Word at NECC

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.

July 01, 2009

Laptops or Cellphones? The New 1:1 Debate

The debate about 1-to-1 computing programs at one of the last sessions at NECC was not so much about whether the initiatives are necessary or not, but rather, what kinds of mobile devices should be used for such programs.

July 01, 2009

Build or Buy Online PD?

School administrators should ask several important questions before deciding whether to create their own online professional development programs or purchase them off the shelf, an online professional development expert told the audience at this NECC session.

July 01, 2009

Educators Storm the Hill for More Ed-Tech Support

A caravan of buses dropped a large group of ed-tech advocates off on Capitol Hill well-prepared to educate lawmakers on the challenges they face in trying to integrate technology and make learning more relevant and engaging for today's digital natives.

July 01, 2009

A Unique Vision for Education

The first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest shares the connection between his journey and how teachers can inspire students to take on challenges in the classroom.

July 01, 2009

Library of Congress Showcases Its Historic Site, New Resource for NECC Attendees

Our intern and guest blogger, Tim Ebner, has this report: The historic Library of Congress proved an apropos site for a field trip for the educators attending the National Educational Computing Conference here in Washington. The Library of Congress is the largest public repository of its kind in t...

June 30, 2009

Testing Out Cool Tools at NECC

Crowds at the National Educational Computing Conference flock to the exhibit hall for demonstrations of cool tools for the classroom, and free giveaways.

June 30, 2009

Live Video From NECC '09

The Digital Directions staff have been interviewing a plethora of notable ed-tech leaders at the NECC '09 conference in Washington D.C. this week. With topics ranging from students' use of personal technology, educators' ambivalence to cell phones in the classroom, the shrinking pot of (federal) mon...

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