K12 Hotspots on the Web

Here is the newly-revised DA guide to favorite education sites.

Fast Fact

High school students train for technology jobs

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been pressing his idea of a "homegrown workforce" to feed New York City's tech industry, and it is one he is trying to foster in the city's public schools. The Academy for Software Engineering, for instance, a high school in Manhattan devoted to computer science, opened in September, and the school received 1,400 applications for its next freshman class of 125.

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New tool simplifies online project management

Shared or distributed leadership is a concept familiar to education leaders, and now a new web tool, called Pipeline, and developed by a Carnegie Mellon University researcher, looks to make the process simpler and more effective.

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Federal grants should go to schools with a real plan

Over the past decade, the United States has spent upwards of $100 billion on K12 classroom technology to no discernible effect. The reason is clear: most education technology in use in K12 classrooms is not integrated into core instruction, and thus offers limited educational value.

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How to make technology experts out of teachers

While technology has revolutionized how people communicate and learn, federal and state governments insulate schools from the disruptions technology creates in other organizations. To overcome these obstacles, we must persuade teachers that technology will empower them and help their students learn. Here are five strategies for successful teacher adoption of education technology.

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AASA Head Appointed to Board Overseeing E-rate

Daniel Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which oversees the Universal Services Fund’s Schools and Libraries program, more commonly known as E-Rate.

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Calif. Schools Act to Prevent High-Tech Cheating

The proliferation of cellphones and their potential use for cheating has prompted heightened security measures on this year's administration of standardized tests in California schools.

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2013 Horizon.K12 Interim Results

The NMC is pleased to announce the interim results of the 2013 Horizon.K12 Project, as presented at the 2013 CoSN Conference in San Diego. The Horizon.K12 Advisory Board voted for the top 12 emerging technologies as well as the top 10 trends and challenges they believe will have a significant impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in global K12 education over the next five years.

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Server Crashes End School Testing Across Oklahoma

School testing came to a halt statewide early Monday because the CTB/McGraw-Hill testing company servers in New Jersey crashed around 9 a.m., state education officials said.

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