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From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorAdvanceED has published a short paper documenting its findings about technology use in the classroom. The bottom line: students do not routinely use technology for learning. Based on direct classroom observations of 140,000 classrooms in K-12 schools across 39 states and 11 countries, AdvancED found there are still relatively few classrooms in which the use of digital tools and technology is a regular part of a student's school experience.

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Voice from the Industry

Sam Pemberton, CEO, Impero SoftwareTackling Extremism in the Digital Learning Environment

The Internet is an important and empowering tool for schools and students alike. While its advantages are undisputed, its risks are diverse, changing, and often unknown. It's entirely possible, with innocent intentions, to stumble across damaging, exploitative, or extreme content. How do we address online risks such as extremism and radicalization?

  1. What is meant by extremism
  2. Tackling the problem in schools
  3. Safeguarding students through monitoring

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

Vicki Smith BighamWoo hoo, it's Friday, friends—and I haven't been this excited about Friday since last Friday! Go check out the scoops I have for you as we end this week....

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ETIN Names 2016 Trendsetters with Traction

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announces the nine ed tech companies to be recognized as “Trendsetters with Traction” during the Education Industry Symposium, the leading conference for the K-12 and higher education technology market. The selected companies will feature their products during general sessions built around the conference theme of “Building the Next Gen Learning Ecosystem.” The Trendsetters with Traction program is designed to highlight accomplishments and build visibility, capital and business opportunities for ground-breaking products that are making watch-worthy impressions on the PreK-20 market. The companies’ presentations will provide conference attendees with exemplary products that are vital technological components of a learning ecosystem – digital content, assessment, analytics and management systems.

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Back-to-School and College Spending To Reach $75.8 Billion

With back-to-school spending on a “stock up” cycle rather than a “make do” cycle, the average family is expected to spend more freely on school and college supplies this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics. Total spending for K-12 and college is expected to reach $75.8 billion, up from last year’s $68 billion. “Families are still looking for bargains, but there are signs that they are less worried about the economy than in the past,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Heading into the second half of the year, we are optimistic that overall economic growth and consumer spending will continue to improve as they did in the first two quarters of the year..."

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