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From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorLast week, the Pew Research Center released "Teens, Social Media and Technology Overview 2015", the first in a series of reports on teens' (ages 13 to 17) technology use. This report examines teens' access to and use of smartphones, basic cell phones, desktop or laptop computers, tablets, and game consoles. The data is examined by a number of demographics including age, gender, race and household income.

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Voice from the Industry

Eric Braun, Co-Founder and CEO, 30hands LearningLean Startup: Why It Matters to K-12 Education

The Lean Startup movement is a highly successful approach to building a company or product from the ground up. Its principles are founded in concepts that have been used to learn, to implement technology, and to improve the quality of a solution. In fact, everyone begins as a Lean Startup entrepreneur when learning to walk, so why don’t more companies adopt this approach to implementing technological solutions? Ed tech companies that follow a Lean Startup cycle tend to be more successful, because it forces them to work closely with their education customers.

The following points represent four key reasons why the Lean Startup approach is important:
 
  1. It lets us start with “why”, with our passions, and with our vision.
  2. A solution is never a perfect fit to the problem.
  3. We need to practice what we preach.
  4. The Lean Startup approach is less expensive.

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

Vicki Smith BighamHey, friends! I just read that next week is National Organize Your Files Week. But you see, I am a Virgo, and my fellow Virgos know organization is not an event—it is an ongoing process. I organize my close-at-hand files, physical and electronic, every morning and have a different organizing routine for every weekend. Of course, there is also the....but you get the idea. So, for you non-Virgos, next week is your week to get those files organized. Let me know if you need any tips and now just go check out your scoops!

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Secretary Duncan Announces Education Department’s First-Ever Guide for Ed Tech Developers

The Ed Tech Developer’s Guide: A Primer for Developers, Startups and Entrepreneurs is a free guide that addresses key questions about the education ecosystem and highlights critical needs and opportunities to develop digital tools and apps for learning. Written with input from knowledgeable educators, developers, and researchers who were willing to share what they have learned, the guide is designed to help entrepreneurs apply technology in smart ways to solve persistent problem s in education. The guide also stresses the importance for developers and entrepreneurs to work with educators at every stage of development to make the best possible educational tools and apps.

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ECS: Targeted Programs and Career Pathways Within Workforce Development Policies

States are introducing and enacting an increasing number of bills targeted toward workforce development and career and technical education. The increase in legislation illustrates a shift toward creating collaborations between higher education institutions and employers in the state as one strategy to enhance workforce development and postsecondary attainment success.

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