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May 29, 2015

Blended Learning Gets Tentative Boost in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia district authorized $10 million in spending on approved blended-learning software, but skeptics worry about the lack of an instructional vision and comprehensive plan.

May 27, 2015

'Pricing Database' Envisioned for Districts to Compare Cost of Ed-Tech Purchases

A "pricing database" would allow districts to compare what they're spending on desktop and laptop computers and tablets.

May 26, 2015

Can Technology Get Kids to Play Outside?

A new startup company aims to use technology to enable, rather than replace, nature-based education for young children.

May 15, 2015

FERPA Targeted (Again) in Two U.S. Senate Bills

A modest update and a radical makeover for the country's most significant current federal data-privacy law were proposed in the U.S. Senate this week.

April 29, 2015

Messer-Polis Data-Privacy Bill Endorsed by Educator Groups; Industry Wary

Changes to the new Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act have won over some educator groups, but raised concerns from the ed-tech industry.

April 09, 2015

Student-Data-Privacy Protections Fall Short, Researchers Contend

Lawmakers and policymakers should expand the scope of student data that is protected and require more of ed-tech vendors, argues a new report from NEPC.

April 07, 2015

Guide for Ed-Tech Developers Issued by U.S. Department of Education

Technology should make learning more meaningful and better support teachers, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told developers at the ASU+GSV summit on Tuesday.

April 03, 2015

Knewton, HP Reach Deal to Create 'Adaptive' Materials for Print

Knewton, the company known for digital learning profiles of students, is partnering with HP to tag and code print materials, and make them "adaptive" to individual student needs.

March 23, 2015

Federal Student-Data-Privacy Bill Delayed Following Criticism

A proposed bill that would establish a new baseline for federal involvement in protecting student-data privacy will undergo further revision before being formally introduced.

March 17, 2015

Momentum Grows for Digital-Content 'Interoperability' Standards

Ed-tech vendors took a hard look at new digital-content 'interoperability' standards touted by the Houston school district during the annual CoSN conference.

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