July 2014 Archives

Tyler Millis, 16, wins the gold medal in the world PowerPoint championship, which was held in California.


U.S. Senators Edward Markey and Orrin Hatch introduced a bill to update FERPA with stricter restrictions on the use of students' personally identifiable information.


A federal pilot study found that fourth graders are capable of using a computer to write well enough to be assessed, but did not determine if computer-based tests can effectively measure their abilities.


Six U.S.-based contestants are among the 123 finalists competing in the 2014 World Microsoft Office Specialist Championship, being held this week in California.


New guidance from the U.S. Education Department focuses on transparency, but some advocates want new policies and more accountability.


The audit sheds light on the need for schools to be cautious when purchasing new technology, and diligent when monitoring its usage.


A new coalition of parents and activists is pressing Congress to better protect students' sensitive educational information.


The American Library Association's 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey finds overall improvements in library connectivity, technology, and programming nationwide.


A new app developed by a Pennsylvania teacher lets educators catalog and store classroom evidence that their work is meeting new evaluation standards.


GlassLab will provide free assessment and learning analytics technology to five digital learning game developers, the nonprofit told Ed Week.


The Montgomery County Public Schools will purchase 40,000 digital devices for students for the coming school year.


The U.S. Department of Education has launched a $3 million evaluation of Khan Academy in community college math classes.


Manteca Unified School District will deploy 23,000 tablet devices, specially designed for use in K-12 education, this fall as part of a 1-to-1 computing initiative.


The FCC on Friday approved some of the biggest structural changes to the E-rate in the federal program's 18-year history.


Rural school advocates have questioned whether they will lose money as part of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to change the E-rate, which the commission will consider on July 11.


Making more effective use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools remains a challenge for most school districts and state education agencies, a new report says.


FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, a Republican, accuses the Democratic majority on the commission of having "rejected almost every suggestion" he's made on a draft E-rate policy.


The Consortium for School Networking released new recommendations to help district leaders protect student data privacy.


In an interview with Education Week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler vows to defend schools' access to a free and open Internet.


The prospect of an Internet "slow lane" for ed-tech companies that don't "pay to play" raises four areas of concern for these organizations.


Today's FCC report shows how additional E-rate funding will affect students, schools, and libraries in all 50 states over the next five years.


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