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Tech Tools That Help Teach Common Core ELA

Teacher Natalie O'Neil shares the technology she uses to teach lessons that adhere to the ELA standards and prepare her students for PARCC assessments in the spring.

10 Lessons Learned From the Assessment Field Tests

Schools and districts that took part in the PARCC and Smarter Balanced trial runs share their experiences to help you prepare for online testing this spring.

10 Terms You Must Include in Contracts With Online Providers

A responsible approach to student data privacy requires careful scrutiny of the agreements that schools make with vendors.

What You Need To Know About Using Student Data

Privacy and security attorney Bret Cohen shares how schools and districts — and teachers — need to think about their use of online services that require personal student information.

4 Tech Tools That Support New Teachers

With high attrition rates among new teachers, districts are using software to help them choose the right candidates and give them the PD they need to succeed.

5 Skills That Games Teach Better Than Textbooks

Gaming offers the excitement of competition and a clear promise of rewards for accomplishments. It can also help prepare students to win in the real world.

6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills

Our expert’s sample activities show how using free tech tools can help students learn to analyze, evaluate and create.

Response to Intervention and Instruction in the K-5 Synchronous Online Classroom

Elementary cyber schools are challenged to support struggling learners in the virtual classroom environment. What does a K-5 response to intervention and instruction program look like in an online environment?

How a 1-to-1 Rollout is Transforming Baltimore County Schools

Ryan Imbriale, executive director of digital learning for Baltimore County Public Schools, discusses why his district gave students a large voice in choosing a hybrid laptop/tablet, why the rollout started in elementary schools, and why teachers had their devices long before students did.

5 Ways to Make the Most of the New E-Rate

As funding is phased out for some technologies and increased for others, here’s how you can get more of what you need.

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