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5 principles for rigorous technology evaluation

April 01, 2016

A new policy proposal notes that while education technology holds great promise to improve K-12 educational outcomes when correctly implemented, methods to rigorously evaluate education technology tools have not kept pace with the tools themselves. This cycle makes it difficult for educators to find and select the best ed-tech tools, and it creates barriers to instruction...

Survey Shows Schools Hitting Digital Hard

March 31, 2016

A recent survey found that half of school districts believe they've completed their 1-to-1 initiatives and the infrastructure required; and almost 4 in 10 (38 percent) are planning to or will definitely "modernize" in the next 12 to 24 months. More districts also have digital content and curriculum strategies in place this year compared to last year — up from 49 percent to 62 percent.

NGSS Explorer helps teachers with digital STEM resources

March 31, 2016

A new search tool aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aims to help educators identify digital STEM and STEAM resources to use in their science and math instruction. The NGSS Explorer, from the nonprofit Common Sense Education, helps teachers locate the ed-tech resources that can help give students a cross-disciplinary, inquiry-based approach to science learning.

School leaders say they need more practical training in education technology. Here's one way that can work

March 30, 2016

Many education technology creators have targeted teachers, rather than entire districts, to get a foothold in classrooms. An overwhelming majority of schools now provide computers in classrooms, and new money from the federal government is advancing the march of modern Internet access to even the poorest schools.