Research & Forecasts


Report: Digital Badges Help Learners Demonstrate Accomplishments, Need Documentation for Credibility

Digital badges can help students pursue personal learning pathways and provide a standardized platform for learners to demonstrate their accomplishments, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Mozilla Foundation.

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Privacy Concerns Drive Teens' App Downloads and Usage

American teens are concerned enough about their privacy to let their concerns drive app download choices. According to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, more than half of teens (51 percent) who have downloaded apps to their mobile phones and tablets have avoided certain apps over worries about privacy.

iNACOL Launches Research Clearinghouse for Online, Blended Learning

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning has partnered with the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute to launch a Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning.

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Most Americans Have Never Heard of Common Core

Almost two-thirds (62 percent) of Americans have never heard of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), according to a recent poll conducted by Phi Delta Kappa International and Gallup.

Report Majority Support Idea of Credit for Online K12 Elective and AP Courses

Most people are in favor of allowing K-12 students to take elective and AP courses online for credit, particularly if those courses aren't available in a brick-and-mortar school, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of K12, a provider of online pre-K to grade 12 programs.

Report: Smartphones Outsell Feature Phones for First Time

Worldwide sales of smartphones rose to 51.8 percent to surpass sales of feature phones for the first time in the second quarter of 2013, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner.

Android, iOS, Windows Phone All Make Gains in Second Quarter

Smart phone shipments increased by more than 50 percent in the second quarter of 2013, with the top 3 operating systems — Google's Android, Apple's iOS, and Microsoft's Windows Phone — all seeing double-digit gains.

iPad Suffers Significant Decline as Android Strengthens Tablet Position

Apple held onto the No. 1 slot among all tablet manufacturers worldwide, but its share continued to slip in the second quarter of 2013 as Samsung, ASUS, Lenovo, and Acer all saw triple-digit gains.

Teacher Turnover Negatively Impacts Student Achievement in Math and English

Teacher turnover results in lower student scores in math and English language arts, according to a researcher from the University of Michigan School of Education and two colleagues.

Smart Phone Growth Accelerates Worldwide

The worldwide smart phone market hit a new high in the second quarter of 2013 as manufacturers shipped one new unit for every 30 human beings in the world over the course of three months.

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