The push for accountability in virtual education, rapid growth of blended learning, and experimentation with open education resources were also top trends in 2012.
December 2012 Archives
The guide offers a framework for helping K-12 school officials use evidence to judge the effectiveness of education technologies.
The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two consortia of states designing common-core tests, released technology specifications.
School leaders in Delaware, Ohio, Washington and other states have taken steps to quell rumors of school violence posted on social media sites.
Montana state schools superintendent Denise Juneau is asking lawmakers to provide more funding to the state's digital academy to meet rising enrollment.
The Federal Trade Commission finalized rules that specify the types of personal information that cannot be collected from children without parental notice and consent.
A Tennessee district's concerns about the costs associated with adopting technology for the common-core tests underscore broader uncertainties about those exams' pricetag.
A complaint filed with the FTC by the Center for Digital Democracy says SpongeBob Diner Dash collects children's personal information without parental consent.
The U.S. Department of State has developed an online game, Trace Effects, designed to help students abroad learn English and understand American culture.
The Federal Trade Commission reveals the extent to which apps allow students to connect to social media, often without parents' knowledge.
One Minnesota district has arranged to insure the Apple iPad tablet computers it gives students, while asking families to pick up part of the cost.
The program gives students a detailed view of Mars and includes presentations from scientists and engineers working on the mission.
A report by the Federal Trade Commission says many mobile devices and games today aimed at children fail to disclose to parents the personal information they are collecting.
A new report by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading questions the educational merits and evidence base for much of today's educational technology focused on early readers.
Proposed changes to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act would strengthen restrictions for how companies collect personal information about children.
Big Ideas Fest attendees developed prototypes for solving challenges in education and pitched their ideas on the last day of the conference.
The National Federation of the Blind claims Amazon's Kindle e-books are not accessible to the blind, even through devices such as iPads.
The assessment consortium has released a document outlining minimum technology requirements and guidelines for testing in 2014-15.
This morning's presenters spoke about ways to meet students where they are, rather than fit them into the structure of a traditional classroom.
The penalty for harassing teachers is now a $1,000 fine or 60 days in jail, a move that has prompted backlash by civil rights groups.
The National Association of State Boards of Education offers recommendations on how schools can do more to use technology to improve learning.
The conference speakers shared ways to bring groups together to improve K-12 education.
Speakers at the Big Ideas Fest in California talked about using the passion of students to address education's greatest challenges.
A group of 34 local organizations in Chicago have banded together to extend after-school learning opportunities for students there.