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Discovery Education taking off on 2014 DENapalooza tour

Discovery Education’s Discovery Educator Network (DEN) will be going on a road trip to 12 U.S. and Canadian cities with its 2014 DENapalooza tour, a series of no cost ed tech professional development events taking place over the next eight months.

Punishing students for gadget use will make their tech etiquette worse

Silicon Valley—and beyond—needs students to stay in school, graduate and become playful, courageous innovators and responsible citizens. The 21st century demands tech tolerance, not equating technology with trouble.

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K12 IT leadership survey shows more districts increasing budgets

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released the findings from its second annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey, which reveal that one in three districts report budget increases for this year. This marks an upward swing compared to 2013, when nearly 80 percent of school district IT leaders predicted flat or declining budgets.

As clock ticks, experts propose online assessment to-do checklist

At least one midwestern district is ready—or at least thinks it’s ready—for what most states are calling Common Core assessments. The Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, Ind., had a jumpstart on technology and assessments thanks in part to a three-year, $28.5 million Race to the Top grant.

Social media tips for teachers

While social media offers unique opportunities to connect with students and parents, it presents challenges for teachers and administrators. According to a recent survey from the College of Education at University of Phoenix, 80 percent of teachers worry about issues that can arise when using social media.

Teacher’s start-up fills digital literacy gap for students with autism

A first-of-its-kind online learning platform is bringing critical digital and life skills to Philadelphia students with autism and developmental disorders. Autism Expressed teaches basic digital vocabulary, time management, email, internet privacy settings, calendar use, and how to make appropriate, on-topic comments on social media.

Indiana district wins $100K tech grant

The Noblesville School District has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education’s Office of eLearning. The money will be used to support the district’s shift to 1-to-1 technology, including iPads for every student in one classroom in each elementary school.

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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

ISTE 2014

June 28-July 1, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo

April 2-4, 2014
New York, N.Y.