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Results of 2016 Professional Learning Survey

The SIIA Vision K-20 Project promotes the best uses of technology to ensure that all students have access to a learning environment capable of preparing them to compete globally and lead the world in innovation. The Vision K-20 Survey is an annual online self-assessment hosted on SIIA’s Vision K-20 website for educators and educational leaders […]

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State settles with online charter accused of financial violations

The state attorney general’s office has reached an $8.5-million settlement with an online charter school it had accused of false advertising, misleading parents and inadequate instruction. Los Angeles Times

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Amazon unveils online education service for teachers

Just before the back-to-school season, Amazon is making a major foray into the education technology market for primary and secondary schools, a territory that Apple, Google and Microsoft have heavily staked out. Santa Fe New Mexican

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IBM, Blackboard Partner on Infrastructure Management, Cognitive Solutions

Blackboard and IBM have entered a partnership that will see the latter managing the ed tech company’s datacenters and cloud infrastructure. The two will also work to produce new education solutions using IBM’s cognitive computing technology, Watson, and Blackboard’s suite. Campus Technology

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Tablets Pose Challenges for Online Test Takers, Studies Finding

Some test questions are likely harder to answer on tablets than on laptop and desktop computers, presenting states and districts with yet another new challenge as they move to widespread online assessments.  Education Week

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Localizing OER in Afghanistan: Developing a Multilingual Digital Library for Afghan Teachers

The Darakht-e Danesh (‘knowledge tree’) Online Library is the first open educational resource (OER) initiative in Afghanistan, established to enhance teacher subject-area knowledge, access and use of learning materials, and to foster more diverse teaching methodologies in order to improve learning outcomes in Afghan classrooms. This paper describes our experience developing this local language digital […]

Online professional learning for rural teachers of mathematics and science

Professional learning is crucial for the ongoing development of teachers and the improvement of student outcomes. Professional learning in mathematics and science education has the potential to address concerns about shortages in these areas and their impact on economic growth. However, attendance at face-to-face professional learning is problematic for many teachers located in rural areas. […]

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The Online Learner: Characteristics and Pedagogical Implications

Globalization has stretched the scope of the online learner population from a homogeneous profile of mostly adult, mostly employed, place-bound, goal-oriented, and intrinsically motivated to one that is heterogeneous, younger, dynamic, and responsive to rapid technological innovations. This paper describes the emerging characteristics of the online learner and ensuing pedagogical implications and suggests that exploratory […]

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Pennsylvania Schools See Benefits After Shifting to Teacher-Created Online Curriculum

Now students spend more time solving problems instead of writing down lecture notes thanks to mobile devices and digital curriculum. Center for Digital Education 

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New PBS KIDS “Measure Up!” App Encourages Kids and Parents to Play and Learn Together

Arlington, VA, June 16, 2016 – Today, PBS KIDS debuted a new, free app designed to help kids build math skills and empower parents to support their learning. Designed for 3- to 5-year-olds, PBS KIDS Measure Up! focuses on building kids’ measurement skills through a combination of games, videos and activities from popular PBS KIDS’ […]