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Massachusetts Foundation to Support School Technology

The Natick (Mass.) Education Foundation is reviving a fundraiser that was successful five years ago to support school technology through a series of parties. Through the concept, people will host dozens of parties and invite their friends to socialize and support technological initiatives in Natick Public Schools.

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Pennsylvania School Technology Director Named Leader of the Year

Though Ed McKaveney is an affiliated board member of the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology, he was shocked when the same organization named him Outstanding Leader of the Year.

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Bill Gates: Education Needs More than 1 Percent of R&D Spending

Given advancements in computing, the growing penetration of technology and the rise of cloud storage, Bill Gates says now is a “special time” in education technology. But despite climbing investments, the sector still needs more.

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The P21 Common Core Toolkit

The P21 Common Core Toolkit is a guide to aligning the Common Core State Standards with the framework for 21st-century skills.

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The Demographics of Social Media Users — 2012

A late 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows that young adults are more likely than others to use major social media. At the same time, other groups are interested in different sites and services.

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Education Data: Lessons Learned

A recent Reuters story described a new national database of student information. Reportedly built at a cost of $100 million, and backed by prestigious non-profits such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, the aim of the project is to build a standardized database of information on all students in the country, grades K through 12.

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School Speed Test Tools and Analysis

This report, "The Broadband Imperative," commissioned by SETDA, recommends that all schools will need external internet connections of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students and staff by 2014-2015 and of 1 Gbps per 1,000 students and staff by 2017-2018.

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The Education-Technology Revolution Is Here

Higher education is the next bubble. Facebook will replace classroom instruction. Textbooks will go away, and some colleges will, too. In other words, everything is going to change. Or, at least, that's the talk we in education and technology regularly hear these days. It sounds exciting—and, to some, scary. Is all the talk just hype? Or are we really starting to see the beginnings of major change?

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A Certificate for 21st-Century Teachers

As districts transition into the digital age, technology certification programs are growing in number to meet the needs of tech-savvy students.

Promising Practices in K12 Online Learning

Promising Practices is a series of six white papers written for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Topics are: Blended learning; using online learning for credit recovery and at-risk students; socialization in online learning; operations and management; policy and funding; and a parents' guide to online learning.

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