June 2010 Archives

Closing keynote speaker Jeff Piontek discussed the importance of following your passion and infusing creativity and innovation into the STEM subjects to a packed auditorium.

To to break out of "systemic failure," educators must rethink basic assumptions of what schools should look like, says Alisa Berger, a co-principal of the NYC iSchool.

The potential benefits of saving time, money and resources outweigh the safety concerns of using cloud applications in schools, said Richard Alcantar.

Digital citizenship is a multi-faceted and essential piece of student curriculum, says Mike Ribble, a district technology director and author of several books on the subject.

The International Society for Technology in Education on Wednesday explained an evolving web-literacy curriculum developed with Microsoft and gathered feedback.

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

A music educator talks about the sweet melody that fills the air when technology and music work together.

K-12 and postsecondary institutions are progressing toward a vision of technology-rich, 21st-century schools, albeit very slowly, a survey says.

Mobile learning evangelist Elliot Soloway predicts that every student in every school in the country will be using a mobile learning device within five years.

Teachers and IT staff have more work to do to meet student expectations of ideal classroom technology integration, says a new survey by CDW-G.

ISTE announced Tuesday the creation of ISTE Learning, a website the society hopes will serve as an online meeting place for teachers wishing to improve their digital capabilities.

A report on online learning finds that 27 percent of high school students were enrolled in at least one online course in 2009, nearly double the number in 2008.

Give them time to grasp the basics and early elementary school students (and teachers) can gain as much from classroom technology as anyone else.

A new report released Monday finds that years of teaching experience is not a determining factor in how much an educator integrates technology in the classroom.

A group of district-level technology administrators outlined the key components of successful district-wide software implementation.

ISTE CEO Don Knezek addressed wide-ranging ed-tech issues such as funding, social-networking concerns, mobile computing, and digital citizenship in a roundtable discussion.

Karen Cator said Monday here at the ISTE 2010 ed-tech conference that the teaching portion of the National Education Technology Plan was hardest to write.

Former World Bank Vice President and best-selling author Jean-François Rischard opens the ISTE 2010 conference with a speech about preparing students to solve global problems.

Education publishing company Pearson will sponsor some education networks to use the Ning social networking site for free.

The television psychologist was among half a dozen testifiers pushing Congress to add anti-cyberbullying language into ESEA's reauthorization.

The Digital Directions staff is hitting the road to bring you the latest coverage from ISTE 2010 in Denver June 27-30.

An alarming number of teenagers engage in risky behavior online, such as sharing personal information in chat rooms, a new report says.

A new whitepaper addressing recent calls for technology literacy education argues any such education should involve project-based learning.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right for employers to search public employees' government-issued cell phones and pagers.

A new study links high-speed Internet access at home with lower test scores among middle school students.

Maryland district moves to restrict student use of cellphones and social networking sites.

Sesame Workshop President and Founder Gary Knell and White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra joined up to announce the winners of the workshop's Cooney Center Prizes for Innovation in Children's Learning.

The USDLA has announced their 2010 Distance Learning Awards for individuals and organizations doing exceptional work in virtual education.

At the very least, virtual schooling can be selectively championed by both liberals and conservatives.

A few school districts are finding out how easily electronic data can be breached.

Two school districts are deciding to couple the growing need for cybersecurity professionals with a hefty supply of technologically savvy students.

Pearson and the Montgomery County school district in Md., have teamed up to develop curriculum based on the new Common Core standards.

A new article in Independent School Magazine talks about the role of adults in helping children navigate online spaces.

Cyberbullies are hard to identify, and often the victims of cyberbullying themselves, suggests a recent interview.

Cloud computing, cell-phone use in schools, increasingly capable mobile technology, differentiation galore and new business models will typify the next five years in education technology, a new report says.

Hall of Fame NBA center David Robinson is unveiling his own virtual school to run in conjunction with the Carver Academy, a private elementary school Robinson founded in 2001.

An Indiana school district is suing one of its technology vendors, claiming the more-than 7,000 netbooks it purchased have a design flaw that the vendor is refusing to repair or otherwise solve.

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