August 2009 Archives

Curriki has pulled together information and resources designed to help schools, districts, and states get prepared for flu-related school closures by having online learning plans in place.

After hearing teachers' complaints, the CPS board has decided to re-evaluate and tweak the new policies regarding the use of social media, although details surrounding which policies might be changed and how are still under wraps.

Apparently Chicago Public Schools has approved a new e-mail policy that prohibits teachers from contacting students through cellphones, non-CPS e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or blogs and Web sites created off the CPS network.

What's a good way to encourage ed-tech in schools and reform the way students think about education? Make tech nerdiness cool, says this Wired magazine article.

Catch up on ed-tech news and trends with collections of articles from Education Week and Digital Directions, available for download.

The Boy Scouts of America, which is approaching 100 years old, is turning to technology to get hip.

A student reporter from Florida lands an interview at the White House with President Barack Obama after months of coverage for his school news program.

While we're on the subject of Internet filtering, you might want to check out Mark Walsh's latest post on The School Law Blog about the settlement in Tennessee over access to gay Web sites. The Metropolitan Nashville and Knox County school districts settled the lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and several students who argued that their filtering software restricted access to informational sites. Here's some of EdWeek's coverage of the case as well....

A lively Twitter chat tackles the issue facing many schools and districts: How to filter Internet content without restricting students' access to appropriate resources.

New York City's School of One summer program provided a math curriculum customized to individual needs of the 80 7th graders who participated.

Check out the push for subject-specific education blogs going on at the Dangerously Irrelevant blog and the transcript of yesterday's chat about one-to-one computing.

To be or not to be a 'technoslave.' That is the question some ed-tech bloggers are asking about the need (or not) to keep up with new technologies.

A new report outlines the variety of state policies surrounding online learning and gives suggestions on how those policies could be changed to better support an online learning environment.

A Michigan student loses his summer reading assignment after Amazon recalls a classic text he downloaded to his Kindle e-reader. Will his teacher accept the excuse, "My Kindle Ate My Homework"?

One Iowa district abandons plans to jam cellphone signals in schools after learning the practice is illegal.

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