April 2013 Archives

Technological breakdowns are plaguing statewide assessments in Indiana, not long after testing woes surfaced in Minnesota and Oklahoma.


An effort is underway to ease the costs and regulatory burden for colleges trying to offer online courses across state lines.


A draft report by the Florida Department of Education's inspector general says the online company K12 Inc. provided inaccurate records of teachers' interactions with students.


A coalition of Minnesota districts are using a state-designated "innovation zone" to experiment with online learning.


The number of teachers and principals using a variety of online tools for professional development has jumped significantly, according to a new survey.


Facebook and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) launched a new consumer education program to help teens and their parents more closely manage their privacy on the Internet.


The Philadelphia school district plans to open an online school, in a move aimed at luring families back to the troubled system.


The FCC announced the appointment of Michael Steffen as Director of Digital Learning, a new digital learning role.


Schools need more computers and faster Internet access to make use of the most innovative digital education games currently being created, experts say.


Jim Shelton, the assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, outlined four elements to improving U.S. education.


The nonprofit organization hopes to create a vast personalized learning environment for every student through the aggregation of student and teacher data.


The former Apple Inc. official plans to use her government and tech company experience to help bridge the public and private sectors.


Stay tuned for Education Week's coverage of the upcoming ASU/GSV Education Innovation Summit on both the Digital Education and Marketplace K-12 blogs, from April 15-17.


A commissioner for the Federal Communications Commission argues that schools need more funding, and specific capacity goals, through the E-rate.


A study from the Lexington Institute examines ways blended learning is affecting K-12 education, for better or worse.


Petition organizers are going through a White House process to collect 100,000 signatures to encourage the federal government to support increased school broadband access.


The National Security Agency, one of the U.S. government's most secretive defense institutions, is sponsoring a high school hacking competition focused on cyber security.


Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed a 1-to-1 computing program for his state, but convincing the legislature to pay for it could be a challenge.


Participate in a free webinar Friday, April 5, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET, on how to build stronger educational technology leadership in schools.


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.


School districts' chief financial officers and their chief technology officers often don't share the same language or way of thinking, the leader of a national school tech group says.


Less than a third of IT directors for school districts and colleges say their Internet connectivity is sufficient for downloading digital content.


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