Policy Issues

AP Program Joins Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP) has become a national member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), a coalition of industry and education organizations focused on integrating technology into education.

Online Community To Prepare Schools for New Assessments Coming in 2014

In an effort to help ease the transition to new technology-driven assessments planned for nationwide implementation in 2014, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has launched Assess4ed.net, a new online resource and community for state and district education leaders.

The Disruption of Blended Learning

Blended learning isn't like other technology-driven movements in education. It isn't about supporting current instructional models. In fact, just the opposite, according to researcher and education analyst Heather Staker: It's about eliminating the "monolithic, factory-based architecture of today's school system" altogether.

National Tech Plan: A Key to Education Success

The National Education Technology Plan can be a significant tool if President Barack Obama is to accomplish his goal of making sure the United States has the highest percentage of college graduates in the world by 2020.

4 Education Associations Team Up for Technology Access

Four education associations have agreed to partner with the Consortium for School Networking's (CoSN) online community, Access4Ed.net, to kick start a discussion on ways to provide access to technology in K-12 school districts.

SETDA Names 2011-2012 Directors, Officers

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has announced the new lineup for its board of directors and officers for 2011-2012 as it celebrates 10 years of existence.

Federal Government To Launch 'Connected Educator' Initiative at ISTE

The Office of Educational Technology in the United States Department of Education is launching a new initiative designed to "explore the potential for online communities to support professional educators."

Making the Big Shift

Districts in Indiana have created innovative alternatives to textbooks, thanks in part to a change in state policy.

What Value-Added Assessments Won't Tell You About Effective Teachers

There's more to being an effective teacher than raising standardized test scores, yet test scores have gained widespread acceptance among the public as the key indicator of performance.

NGLC Pumps Funding into Ed Tech Focused on Common Core

The Next Generation Learning Challenges initiative has awarded $7 million to education technology programs focused on Common Core State Standards.