- ABC-CLIO Launches Video Learning Modules
- Discovery Education Enhances Streaming Service with Hundreds of New Digital Assets
- Edmentum Announces New CTE Courses
- EDmin Announces New Details on a Solution That Helps Students Explore Life’s Possibilities
Higher Ed Market
- Times Higher Education, Elsevier Partner on THE World University Rankings
- EBSCO Releases eBook Education Collection
- SUNYConnect Implements EBSCO Discovery Service
- Touro College and University System Partners with Ellucian
- Student Center App Brings Boardmaker Activities to the iPad
- Carnegie Learning Partners with Clever To Provide Seamless Data Integration
- ContentKeeper Releases High Speed Multi-Gigabit Web Filtering Technology
- Districts Nationwide Choose Dell Chrome-based Learning Solutions
- Chinese Social Learning Platform Chooses Naiku as Assessment Partner
- PCS Edventures, Inc. Announces $198K Saudi Arabia Order
- PCS Edventures, Inc. Announces $1MM Saudi Arabia STEM Project
- Schoology Contract with Uruguay Powers 1:1 Learning Initiative
- Triumph Learning Named as Educational Publisher To Watch
- Multi-State K–12 Collaborative Releases RFP for Open Educational Resources
- McGraw-Hill Education Announces Organizational Changes, Results
- HMH Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results
- Facing History and Ourselves Announces Winner of Teacher Recognition Contest
- CoSN Issues Four Tech Action Steps for Superintendents
- SIIA Education Division Announces 2015 Board of Directors
- Tech & Learning's 32nd Annual Awards of Excellence Winners
From the Editor
Before turning to the news, I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday weekend. We all have so much for which to give thanks!
It's been a busy news week.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a $1.5 billion increase in the E-Rate spending cap, the first increase in E-Rate funding since the program's inception in 1997. The FCC is expected to vote on the proposal on December 11.
Congress passed and the President signed into law the Child Care and Development Block Grant of 2014. The legislation had broad bi-partisan support.
President Obama and Sec. Duncan hosted a gathering of superintendents - recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning - at the White House this week. A centerpiece of the event was the signing - both actual and virtual of the Future Ready Digital Pledge.
The K-12 OER Collaborative, an initiative led by a group of 11 states with the goal of creating comprehensive, high-quality, open educational resources, released a Request for Proposals to create open educational resources (OER) supporting K-12 mathematics and English language arts.Read More ›
Voice from the Field
Personalized Learning: Why Formative Assessment Just Makes Sense
Dr. Sally I’Anson, Director of Professional Development, Interactive Achievement
The notion of personalizing education would have been laughable to those who started our American schools and most unwanted by immigrant parents a hundred years ago. Through research, we have learned a great deal about what makes teachers and schools excellent. Perhaps the confluence of education technology and increasing expectations for student learning to support a shifting economy have created the drive for personalized learning.
- Personalized learning creates an opportunity to break away from traditional assessments.
- Formative assessment provides a constant and consistent flow of information about individual student progress toward standards-based, personal learning targets.
- Providing teachers with highly specific learning data for each child through formative assessment teacher tools is what accelerates learning. Read More ›
She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community
So long to a long and busy week as we had towards our much-deserved weekend, followed by Thanksgiving week. This is the season of gratitude and thankfulness, and I am thankful for work. I am also thankful the weekend is here, and I am hoping you are thankful to have a chance to catch my scoops, so read on now....Read More ›
Data Quality Campaign — Thursday, November 20, 2014
A new report finds the number of states sharing teacher performance information with educator preparation programs has more than tripled (from 6 to 22 since 2011), providing crucial data to inform teacher training improvements. The Data Quality Campaign's (DQC) 10th annual state analysis - Data for Action 2014: Paving the Path to Success - also found 41 states now provide teachers and parents access to high school feedback reports that show how well a class of high school graduates do in college. Only 12 states produced such reports in 2009. Data for Action 2014 takes the pulse of the nation's education data use. States collectively made strides on all of DQC's benchmarks, called the 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use.Read More ›
Education Commission of the States — Thursday, November 20, 2014
Has the frenzy around Common Core State Standards impacted decisions on which state summative assessments are being administered this year? That's the question on many minds as we approach spring testing time. Published by the Education Commission of the States, 50 Ways to Test: A look at state summative assessments in 2014-15, provides an overview of the two testing consortia and federal testing requirements. The report also includes a comprehensive table with a breakdown of the state summative assessments being administered in grades 3-12 in all 50 states during 2014-15.Read More ›
Digital Promise — Thursday, November 13, 2014
“Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing” is a new report from Digital Promise and the Education Industry Association that identifies the key obstacles and potential solutions for the procurement of K-12 personalized learning tools. The Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education surveyed district leaders, educators, and learning technology developers from across the country for this study, with a subset participating in in-depth interviews. We asked both educators and providers about their experiences with purchasing practices, their pain points, and their ideas for improvement. Their answers indicate inefficiencies in the process and a disconnect between schools and providers. For example, 6 percent of providers report satisfaction with current procurement processes, compared to 68 percent of district stakeholders.Read More ›