Policy Issues

SETDA Launches Online Guide To Make Most of Digital Learning

As schools pursue new forms of digital learning, educators need to consider a broad range of issues related to the use of technology that affect their technology decisions. To help districts better plan, the State Educational Technology Directors Association has released a free online resource that lays out the factors worth considering as they undertake new initiatives, such as 1-to-1 programs or online assessments.

Distance Learning is Revolutionizing Education, but There Is More To Be Done

Distance learning can only continue to revolutionize education in the United States if we can continue to innovate and invest in new technologies and services without unnecessary regulatory burdens.

States Need To Rejigger Policies for Competency Ed To Flourish

If states are serious about implementing competency-based education in the hope that it will prepare students for college and career, policy makers had better be ready to update their rules and regulations, according to a new report by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

Walking the Student Data Tightrope

"In addition to the purely legal issue, [student data privacy is] really something that school districts should look at from a PR and political perspective and to engage the right people throughout the process," according to attorney Bret Cohen.

White House, NGOs Pony Up $1.1 Billion on Early Childhood Education Push

Just days after turning its attention to keeping students in college, the White House today announced actions to help the youngest citizens with their education opportunities. As with its other education initiatives, this one calls for federal action along with support from corporations and foundations.

Want Competency Ed? Change Teacher Policies First

Districts and schools that want to implement a competency-based learning environment would do well first to focus on educators' skills as well as the policies that could hold them back from success. So asserts a new paper from school improvement nonprofit KnowledgeWorks and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

White House Urges Colleges, Ed Tech Companies To Help Graduate More Students

The use of technology-enabled approaches in education is receiving attention today as the White House hosts its second "College Opportunity Day of Action."

iPad Deployments To Continue at Los Angeles District in Time for Testing

In spite of what has been classified as a "criminal investigation" at the Los Angeles Unified School District regarding its discontinued 1-to-1 iPad program, the district is plowing ahead with purchases of iPads to prepare its students for Smarter Balanced online assessments. At the same time the district will also be purchasing Google Chromebooks.

FBI Steps into L.A. Unified iPad Fiasco

Just three months after the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education halted its massive student iPad deployment and six weeks after John Deasy resigned as superintendent, the FBI has stepped into the mop-up. Agents hauled away 20 cartons of files pertaining to the awarding of contracts in what was to be a $1.3 billion iPad initiative.

EdX Joins ConnectED To Deliver MOOCs for Free Teacher Training and AP Prep

MOOC nonprofit edX has signed on for ConnectED, the White House's program to connect "99 percent" of America's students to broadband and high-speed wireless in schools and libraries and improve the skills of teachers through the use of technology.

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