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Policy Issues


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.

Breaking the QR Code

T.H.E. Journal is not a how-to guide, but it can guide you through some of the issues and challenges you face in creating technology-rich 21st century schools. Also, it occasionally can take advantage of some of those ideas and technologies--and not just by simply telling you about them either.

Six Habits of Highly Effective E-Rate Applicants

In an atmosphere and economic era in which requests for E-Rate funding are more than double the amount available each year, applicants must be particularly persistent and vigilant when it comes to requesting money from the FCC.

Feds Get Flexible with NCLB

The White House has provided a framework for how states could be relieved of some of the onerous federal restrictions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the 2001 revamp of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

National Center Looks To Advance Education Technology

The United States Department of Education and the White House formally kicked off a new national center Friday whose aim is to identify, test, and help bring to market promising education technologies. The National Science Foundation was also on hand to announce first-round funding in a separate but complementary program designed to support the development of new learning technologies.

7 Members Named to National Assessment Governing Board

Seven members have been named to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), the organization that oversees and sets policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Google+ May Open Social Networking for Some K-12 Schools

Thanks to granular privacy controls and a unique interface for controlled sharing, schools that have previously banned social networks are looking at Google+ as a viable alternative.

Beyond Seat Time: Advancing Proficiency-Based Learning

Can we do without the traditional school year? Is it feasible to shift to a system of student advancement based solely on proficiency? In this interview, Susan Patrick, former education technology director at the U.S. Department of Education and current head of the policy group iNacol, shares her vision of what such a system would look like and what it will take to get there. (Hint: It's already underway in some states.)

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