Public K-12 school districts have begun shifting their unified communications solutions over to the cloud. In fact, according to new research released this week, a quarter of them either have done so already or are in the process of doing so.
Enhanced 911 hasn't gained widespread adoption in schools yet, nor is it even well understood among IT people. Although 65 percent of education organizations reported they have a "comprehensive" emergency communication plan in place, only 40 percent currently use an E911 system.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The New York City Department of Education has signed a five-year, $43 million agreement to overhaul voice communications at 300 of its schools.
Worldwide sales of Apple's iOS-based smart phones grew from 24.9 million in 2009 to 46.6 million last year, bringing it to a 15.7 percent overall market share. But that growth was dwarfed by Google's Android OS, which leapfrogged over both No. 3 Apple and No. 4 Research in Motion and climbed to 67.2 million units in 2010, up 888.8 percent from sales of 6.8 million in 2009, according to a new report from market research firm Garner.
HP has debuted three new webOS-based mobile devices--a slate called the HP TouchPad and two smart phones, including the smallest webOS-based phone to date.
We need a new educational model that makes learning personal and motivating, and helps secure our students’ future in the knowledge economy. Mobile technology opens the door to it.
- By Mary McCaffrey
Within five years, every K-12 student in America will be using a mobile handheld device as a part of learning, according to Elliot Soloway, a professor at the University of Michigan who's been following ed tech trends for the last three decades.
By the end of 2010, it's likely that Android will have surpassed the iPhone in market share in the United States, becoming the second-most popular smart phone platform, and on its way to becoming No. 1 some time next year.
K-12 schools are seeing unexpected benefits when they implement emergency notification systems. Ninety-five percent of staff that uses the application for attendance notification reported improved attendance rates at their schools.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today released the final version of the Obama administration's National Educational Technology Plan (NETP), a federal policy statement that puts technology at the heart of proposed changes to the way education is delivered in this country.