Policy Issues

ISTE Board Adds New Reps

The International Society for Technology in Education has elected a new board of directors for the coming year, which includes four incumbents and three new members.

Districts Struggle with Social Networking Guidelines

A couple questionable events have sent lawmakers and educators scurrying to sort out what should be allowed for communications that take place between school personnel and students through social networking sites.

SBAC, PARCC Issue Guidance on Minimum Hardware Specs for Education

The two major consortia that are developing assessments around Common Core State Standards today issued guidelines for new technology purchases in K-12. The specifications are intended to ensure that schools are equipped to deliver the next generation of assessments coming in the 2014-2015 school year.

'Banning Is Not the Answer' to Mobile and Social Tools in Schools

Before choosing to restrict the use of social and mobile tools in schools, policymakers and education leaders have to consider the negative impact such restrictions will have on learning. That's the premise of a new policy report released jointly this week by more than a dozen prominent education associations and advocacy groups.

'Math Map' Connects 21st Century Skills with Math Instruction

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) has released the Math Skills Map, latest in its series of 21st century skills maps for core academic subjects.

ISTE CEO To Step Down

Don Knezek will retire from his position as chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education September 30, 2012.

ISTE: Federal Budget Priorities Don't Match Rhetoric

The Obama administration's FY 2013 education budget has rankled at least one education technology group. This week, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) issued a formal statement decrying the continued absence of federal funding targeted specifically to education technology.

Feds Look To Accelerate E-Textbook Adoption with 'Digital Textbook Playbook'

FCC Chairman Genachowski Wednesday called for digital textbooks for every American student within the next five years.

Report: 4 Keys to Educational Data Systems

While every state in the United States has built up the capacity to collect meaningful longitudinal data related to education, no states are doing all that's necessary to make sure data will be used effectively by stakeholders, according to a report released Wednesday by Data Quality Campaign.

Emphasizing Responsibility in Mobile AUPs

As more schools turn to mobile technology, policy around the technology is coming to the fore, and it's not all about Do's and Don'ts.