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From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorThe Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), a joint project of the Association of Educational Publishers - the 501(c)(3) arm of the Association of American Publishers-and Creative Commons - released results from survey of educational publishers and educators designed to gather information about preferences, frustrations, and experiences with searching for and improving the discoverability of educational resources and content online. The Initiative appears to be doing a good job of raising awareness among educational publishers. More than four out of five publishers surveyed (83%) were aware of metadata tagging initiatives, and 72% were specifically aware of the LRMI.

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Voice from the Industry

Lee Wilson, CEO, Filament GamesHTML5—Are We There Yet?

As an industry, we have to prove that we can work on all devices (including tablets) if we want to sell to schools. And at the same time, we need to build innovative and effective new solutions. Here I share some hard-won lessons about the business impacts of alternative platform choices, and my objective is to help non-technical C-Level decision makers evaluate their options.

The central challenge is picking the right platform that will deliver a balance of:

  • Rich and effective user experience 
  • Long-term platform sustainability (modern code base)
  • Easy implementation in the classroom
  • Minimal development costs (up-front costs)
  • Minimal maintenance complexity (ongoing costs)

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamHappy Friday, everyone! Just last night, that oh-so-talented husband of mine whipped up a batch of his awesome homemade horseradish. Then this morning, I discovered it is Horseradish Month! Who knew? You simply can't get this kind of data from most of your sources, so I am happy to share here. And even better, I think you would be hard pressed to find a stronger source than the Snoop to keep you up to date on our colleagues and friends so just read on now to catch up on a lot of scoops for this week....

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More Publishers Are Tagging Their Resources with Metadata, Says New Learning Resource Metadata Initiative Survey

Nearly 6 in 10 learning resource providers (58%) are now tagging their resources with metadata, according to a new survey published by the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI). The LRMI Survey Report: July 2014 Update details findings of two separate online surveys targeting educational publishers and educators. The publishers' survey targeted traditional commercial publishers, online educational content providers, and organizations that provide open educational resources. Results will help inform the LRMI as it continues to promote the use of metadata tagging in order to improve the discoverability of educational resources and online content.

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FCC Adopts Landmark E-Rate Modernization Order To Bring High-Speed Wi-Fi to Every School and Library Nationwid

Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted an E-rate Modernization Order that will expand Wi-Fi networks in schools and libraries across America. The new rules are the next major step in a comprehensive modernization of E-rate, the first such effort since the program¡¦s creation 18 years ago. The program increases focus on the largest and most urgent need - closing the Wi-Fi gap - while transitioning support away from legacy technologies to 21st Century broadband connectivity, ensuring E-rate money is spent smartly, and improving program administration. The reform will expand Wi-Fi to more than 10 million students in 2015 alone.

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