THE IT Trends
An Electronic Newsletter for IT Professionals in K-12
4/14/2016
   

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Ed Tech Research & Trends

  • Chromebooks Account for Half of K-12 Device Shipments

    Shipments of Chrome OS-based devices to American K–12 schools increased more than 31 percent in the last year.

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  • ELA Dominates in K–12 Digital Content Usage

    The use of digital content is on the rise in American schools. Eight in 10 K-12 schools and districts are using some form of it, primarily as classroom curriculum but also to round out e-book collections in a library or media center.

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  • Report: Digital Citizenship Should be a Key Component of Classroom Technology Initiatives

    Effective classroom technology initiatives should include instruction on digital citizenship, according to a new white paper from NetRef, a provider of Internet management tools.

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  • Survey Shows Schools Hitting Digital Hard

    A recent survey found that half of school districts believe they've completed their 1-to-1 initiatives and the infrastructure required; and almost 4 in 10 (38 percent) are planning to or will definitely "modernize" in the next 12 to 24 months. More districts also have digital content and curriculum strategies in place this year compared to last year — up from 49 percent to 62 percent. Another 33 percent of districts have one under development. More than half of those existing strategies incorporate the use of open educational resources.

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  • New Surveys Aim To Assess School Climate

    A national nonprofit has created a series of free Web-based surveys that schools and districts can use to assess the climate of their schools.

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