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Critical Insights for K-12 Education Technology Pros 1/6/2017

Editor's Choice

  • Memo to OER Purveyors: Teachers Don’t Want Content, Teachers Want Curriculum!

    While OER marketplaces tend to tout the amount and types of content on offer, we must remind ourselves that content is not curriculum — and it is curriculum that teachers actually want. We go on to describe the life-cycle of a digital lesson — and argue that support for all the life cycle phases is only just beginning to be provided.


Top 10 Articles of the Last Month

  • Google Unveils Graduation for G Suite

    Google for Education earlier this week unveiled a new product to build out its G Suite for Education offering, as well as additional features for parents and guardians.

  • Report: Tech-Savvy K–12 Teachers Will Survive the Age of Automation

    While artificial intelligence continues to automate operations across industries like accounting, law and healthcare, machines are unlikely to replace teachers any time soon, according to research from the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation.

  • Essentials of Digital Accessibility

    Digital accessibility is a hot topic in education these days, and training teachers in creating accessible digital materials is on the mind of every instructional designer or educational technology team. Here we look at some of the most common issues that confront educators when making their course content accessible.

  • Feds Finalize Assessment Parts of ESSA

    Six weeks before it hands over the reins to a new leadership, the Obama administration has issued the final word on assessments in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

  • PISA Results: Math Down, Science and Reading Flat for U.S. Students

    American 15-year-olds declined in performance on the "mathematics literacy" portion of the 2015 international PISA assessments, compared to 2012 and 2009. Reading and science scores remained flat in the latest assessment. An analysis of the results was released today by the United States Department of Education.

  • White House Boosts CSforAll Commitments for Computer Science Education Week

    The White House unveiled hundreds of new commitments that support the implementation of computer science and computational thinking in K–12 education and build on President Obama’s Computer Science for All (CSforAll) initiative.

  • Report: Parents Mostly Clueless About Student Data Privacy Laws

    For a recent survey, the Future of Privacy Forum asked more than 600 parents with children in grades K–12 about how they viewed their children's use of technology at school. FPF found that parents are mostly in the dark about their students' data privacy and thus want to know more about when and why student data is being shared.

  • Breaking Your Filter Bubble

    When we browse online, we are tracked by a range of companies – often without any knowledge – which can result in personalization, bias and filter bubbles that affect web search results. Fortunately, there are many tools to minimize tracking from third-party providers, according to Bill Fitzgerald, director of the Privacy Institute for Common Sense.

  • College Board to Allow Assistive Technologies for SAT, AP and Other Tests

    Beginning Jan. 1, most students who use testing accommodations at their schools through an individualized education program or a 504 plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT, PSAT, SAT Subject Tests, Advanced Placement and other exams.

  • NSTA Unveils 2017 List of Top Science Trade Books K12

    The National Science Teachers Association, in conjunction with the Children’s Book Council, has released its annual list of “Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: 2017.” The list represents the best science trade books published in 2016 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.


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