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  • Department of Ed Lays Down Law on Kindle E-Reader Usage

    The United States Department of Education and Department of Justice have just issued a reminder calling for colleges and universities--as well as K-12 school districts--to make sure devices such as e-readers that are required in the classroom comply with accessibility laws. The federal action came on the heels of a settlement agreement made by Justice with five institutions that were running Amazon Kindle e-book readers as pilot programs. According to the agencies, Kindle devices aren't accessible to students who are blind or have low vision.

  • Teachers Report Educational Benefits of Frequent Technology Use

    Teachers who use technology frequently in their classrooms perceive greater benefits to student learning--particularly learning 21st century skills--than teachers who are less frequent users. That's one of the major findings from a K-12 technology study released Monday by researchers out of the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Minnesota's Walden University.

  • Students Not Being Encouraged To Use Technology

    Students insist that technology is important to them them now and will be in their future, and about half think their schools are preparing them adequately for college and career; but, according to a new report released Monday at the ISTE 2010 conference in Denver, CO, schools are still in need of some improvements.

  • ISTE Launches Professional Development Site for Ed Tech at Annual Conference

    At its annual conference this week in Denver, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) launched ISTE Learning, its own professional development Web site for the entire spectrum of education technology.

  • Report: Online Learning Nearly Doubles Among High School Students

    The percentage of high school students taking online courses nearly doubled in a single year. According to the latest data available from Project Tomorrow's annual Speak Up Survey, more than one-quarter (27 percent) of all high school students took at least one class online last year, up from 14 percent the year before. But the numbers could have been higher, according to the researchers.

  • LAUSD Invests $24 Million in Assessment Platform

    Los Angeles Unified School District is investing heavily in a digital assessment system designed to help boost student achievement trough teacher-generated formative tests.

  • Institute Looks To Bridge K-12, Higher Ed, Community

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is looking to connect universities, K-12 schools, and communities to engage "disenfranchised students" in science and engineering.

  • Pearson Adds Options to PowerSchool SIS

    Pearson has introduced three unique data-gathering solutions as upgrades to its PowerSchool student information system, each addressing a different method of designing approaches to improving individualized instruction and optimizing student achievement.

  • STI Intros School Improvement Program, New Mobile App for SIS

    At the ISTE 2010 conference in Denver this week, STI, maker of the Web-based student information system (SIS) InformationNOW, launched Ready, Set, Go! (RSG!), a customized professional development program aimed at aiding overall school improvement.