This annual State Educational Technology Directors Association report highlights innovative ed-tech activities that are playing a crucial role in K-12 school improvement efforts in U.S. state and local communities across the country. The report includes a variety of examples of successful educational technology initiatives as well as details regarding the federal Title IID program.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications provide minimum hardware specifications and basic bandwidth calculations that allow U.S. schools and districts to evaluate which of their existing computers will support the administration of the assessment system...
This document was prepared by the Career Readiness Partner Council, a broad-based coalition of U.S. education, policy, business, and philanthropic organizations that strives to forward a more comprehensive vision for what it means to be career ready. The Council hopes this...
This framework from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium guides translation of math assessments for English-language learners (ELLs). In addition to addressing the diverse linguistics backgrounds of ELLs, the framework proposes several translation accommodations options and makes recommendations for successfully implementing...
This information sheet showcases the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative, launched in 2006 to explore how digital media are changing the way young people learn, socialize, communicate, and play. Since 2006, MacArthur has awarded grants totaling more than $100 million for research, development of innovative...
June 6, 2011
The Converge Special Report on Mobility and Security examines how the concept of mobility is changing the education scene. The report discusses the ecosystem of elements that comprise mobility and some challenges education leaders may confront. The second half of the report confronts the issue of security with regard to mobility in education. It helps answer the question of how to successfully balance the two while still providing the access needed by students, faculty, and staff.
May 9, 2011
Educator Silvia Tolisano has produced this extraordinarily comprehensive how-to guide of digital-storytelling resources and tools, including Audacity, Google Maps, and VoiceThread.
May 3, 2011
The Pre-K Coalition—comprising the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), the National Education Association (NEA), and the National School Boards Association (NSBA)—released this brief addressing pre-K education in the reautorization of the U.S. Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
April 6, 2011
This document outlines South Africa’s new teacher development framework, which aims to improve the quality of teaching and increase the number of qualified teachers throughout the country.
Assessment & Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S) – November 2010-January 2011 Project Update ReportMarch 8, 2011
The ATC21s project launched in 2009 to research and develop new approaches, methods, and technologies for measuring the success of 21st-century learning and pedagogy in classrooms around the world. This 2011 update contains news on ATC21s’ presence at Education World Forum 2011, the ATC21s Executive Board Meeting, project research, and associate countries membership.
March 1, 2011
There is a growing body of evidence that early adapters within the U.S. independent school community are embracing innovation and discovery as their primary strategy for school improvement. The National Association of Independent Schools Commission on Accreditation has developed this guide for the independent schools and associations that are ready to transform education for the 21st century. It includes a compendium of projects and programs already underway as well as a robust annotated bibliography.
February 3, 2011
In this edition of School Technology Action Report (STAR), “Emerging Trends,” eSchool News presents the five emerging trends for 2011. The report includes current news around the following trends:
- Classroom instruction
- Mobile devices
- E-reading technology