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The Changing Roles of Teachers

From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorI've been nudged by several long-time colleagues this week to take a look at the News Literacy Project (NLP). NLP is a nonpartisan national education nonprofit that works with educators and journalists to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age. NPL also fosters an understanding of the importance of the First Amendment and a free press in a democracy, especially the watchdog role.

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Market Insights

Maureen Hance,  EdNET Insight Product Manager, MDR Results in from MDR’s Annual Technology Survey

EdNET Insight’s latest survey to district technology directors indicates a positive outlook on technology budgets. The new State of the K-12 Market 2016-2017 Educational Technology Trends report explores budgets related to hardware, software, technology training, and technology support. The report also reviews:

  • Instructional device purchases
  • Top technology initiatives
  • Infrastructure support
  • Student privacy
  • Online assessment readiness
  • Enterprise management systems

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

Vicki Smith BighamHey, hey, it's Friday, and you know what that means. It's time for my weekly scoops. Read on for this week's news of colleagues and friends....

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ProQuest Releases Results of Its 2016 Information Literacy Survey

Though 83% of librarians agree that information literacy affects college graduation rates and 97% believe that this skill set contributes to success in the workforce, 44% think that their library does not support information literacy instruction as much as it should. A recent ProQuest survey of over 200 librarians from university, community college, high school and public libraries collected this insight and delved deeper into what librarians are doing to drive development of information literacy.

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The Learning Counsel Releases the Results of Its 2016 National Digital Curriculum Strategy Survey

The Learning Counsel today released the results of its third annual Survey of school and district digital curriculum strategy and transformation, sponsored by Ruckus Wireless. A total of 708 U.S. schools and districts responded to the national Survey, which showed a primary point of attention by schools now is on teacher effectiveness in the implementation of digital curriculum. The survey found that 78% of students nationally have access to a computing device for a good portion of the school day or the full school day. It also forecasts that district spending on hardware, networks, and major system software will see a slight increase in 2017, rising to $16.2 billion.

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