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1. Pearson reports PARCC cheating via social media in 6 states

SmartBrief on EdTech | Mar 26, 2015

Pearson, which is administering Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams, reports that testing materials have been posted on social media sites in at least 70 instances in six states. The testing company recently caught two high-school students in Maryland using social media to post test questions, and the posts were removed within an hour of being discovered. Baltimore Sun, The (03/23)


2. Is online learning effective?

SmartBrief on EdTech | Mar 23, 2015

College students achieve the same outcomes through online education, partial online instruction and traditional face-to-face instruction, according to a research paper that reviewed recent studies on online instruction. However, the paper asserts that much more research is needed to determine the most effective format for online learning. Hechinger Report, The (03/23)


3. Texas district implements full Google solution

SmartBrief on EdTech | Mar 25, 2015

Educators in a Texas school district say they have been able to tailor lessons to meet students' individual needs with Google Chromebooks, Google Apps for Education and other tools. By sharing resources via cloud-based technology, educators say they also are able to create a more collaborative environment. EdTech magazine online (03/24)


4. Schools in Finland to teach by topic, not subject

SmartBrief on EdTech | Mar 26, 2015

Finland has announced plans to dramatically overhaul its education model and do away with teaching by subject. Instead, teachers will teach by topic. Officials say the model will allow for more collaborative and cross-curricular lessons. Independent (London) (tiered subscription model), The (03/20)


5. Survey identifies top-performing digital schools in U.S.

SmartBrief on EdTech | Mar 25, 2015

School districts in Virginia, Alabama and Maine ranked at the top of a survey by the National School Boards Association and the Center for Digital Education. The 10th annual Digital School Districts Survey rated districts -- in categories based on enrollment -- for making extraordinary use of technology, including one-to-one laptop initiatives, flipped instruction and science, technology, engineering and math curricula. T.H.E. Journal (03/24)


6. How the role of the K-12 teacher is evolving

SmartBrief on EdTech | Mar 26, 2015

Technology -- from crowdsourcing sites for lessons plans to online videos -- are shifting the role of today's educators, English teacher Michael Godsey writes in this commentary. Technology has replaced the need for teachers to be "the local expert," he writes. "These days, teachers are expected to concentrate on the 'facilitation' of factual knowledge that is suddenly widely accessible." Atlantic online, The (03/25)


7. Teachers share how they use Google in classroom lessons

SmartBrief on EdTech | Mar 24, 2015

Google can be an invaluable classroom teaching tool, according to a group of Google Certified Teachers who presented recently at the Annual CUE 2015 conference. Among other things, teachers shared how they use Google Docs, Google Slides and Ngram Viewer, a graphing tool that "takes all the literature Google has chronicled and picks out the words [you search for] and gives you some trends about them." eSchool News (free registration) (03/24)


8. Districts aim to align technology with learning goals

SmartBrief on EdTech | Mar 24, 2015

More school districts are working to align technology with curriculum planning, says Geoff Fletcher, an educational consultant and the former deputy executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association. School officials from three districts highlight their digital-convergence strategies. EdTech magazine online (03/23)


9. Does proposed student-privacy legislation go far enough?

SmartBrief on EdTech | Mar 24, 2015

U.S. lawmakers are considering a proposed bill -- the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015. Elana Zeide, an expert on student privacy at the Information Law Institute of New York University, says the bill may not meet student-privacy advocates' expectations "because it leaves a lot of discretion to schools and companies." National Public Radio (03/23)


10. Free licenses for math, reading curriculum for summer school

SmartBrief on EdTech | Mar 23, 2015

Educators teaching reading and math this summer can access free online curriculum from Learning Upgrade. The curriculum uses songs, videos and games to teach math and reading. The 20-student license is open to teachers in U.S. schools with a minimum of 300 students. To apply, visit Learning Upgrade's site and register for the free schoolwide license. Enter "summer school" and the number of licenses needed in the information field.




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