Policy Issues


SIIA Names 2012 Education Division Directors

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Education Division has selected its board of directors for 2012.

Setting the Pace for Digital Initiatives

Piedmont City Schools (AL) Superintendent Matt Akin discusses how his small district is setting the pace when it comes to the use of technology, creating a class of responsible digital citizens, and beginning an E-Rate-funded program that will deliver high-speed internet to every student's home.

Funds For Learning Seeks Rural Broadband Funds for E-Rate Expansion

A company that provides E-Rate compliance services is making a public plea to the Federal Communications Commission to divert funds set aside for the expanding rural broadband in order to expand deployment in schools and libraries, no matter where they're located.

CoSN Invites 13 Districts To Develop Digital Media Best Practices

The Consortium for School Networking, a professional association for educators, district officials and technology professionals, has selected 13 school districts to take part in an effort to develop digital media best practices in K-12 education to encourage innovation.

More Than Half of U.S. Districts Have Students in Distance Learning Programs

A majority of public school districts in the United States have students who participate in distance education courses at some level, according to data released by the National Center for Education Statistics. But the most of those districts aren't delivering the education themselves.

Report: State Data Systems Progress, Though Key Challenges Remain

Education data coalition urges changes to certification and licensure to ensure competency in teachers' and administrators' understanding of data.

Education Dept. Names 23 i3 Grant Recipients

Twenty-three school districts, colleges, and other organizations are one step closer to receiving a portion of $150 million to be awarded by the United States Department of Education through the Investing in Innovation (i3) program.

NEA Chief Economist to Speak at Ed Tech Forum

Dr. Richard Sims, chief economist at the National Education Association, along with other industry leaders will speak on the realities and challenges of today's education technology market at the upcoming Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Ed Tech Business Forum, Nov. 28‐29 in New York.

Ed Tech Glossary Clarifies E-Learning Terms

iNACOL, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, has launched a publication called the Online Learning Definitions Project, a compendium of ed tech terms related to online and blended learning.

Driving Digital Change

Several states have taken steps to make adopting digital content easier for schools. Not all have been entirely successful yet, but their early mistakes can be guideposts for others considering the same thing.

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