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Even seasoned industry members can be overwhelmed by the number of new acronyms, movements, and tools coming from the edtech market. In a new post for GeekWire, Frank Catalano, Principal at Intrinsic Strategy, tries to help out newcomers and veterans with his cheat sheet to “ten trends, fads,...
Digital tools provide many opportunities for students to receive more personalized education experiences. Two recent studies show, though, that actual physical, hands-on interaction enhances learning and helps students understand concepts better. While neither study discounts digital tools, they...
A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education shows that the majority of PreK-12 federal funding is for birth to fifth grade ($26 billion) compared to grades 6-8 ($2.5 billion) and grades 9-12 ($3.1 billion). At the higher education level, funding rises again to $31.1 billion. The report,...
At the 2014 Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning (TEPL) Summit hosted by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University in collaboration with Digital Promise, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), and the Michigan Association of Intermediate School...
Early political opposition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) appeared to mostly come from conservatives concerned about what they perceived as an increasing federal role in state education. A new report from the Brookings Institution shows how criticism has evolved to include the wider...
A new white paper, “Social and emotional development: The next school reform frontier,” from the Brookings Institute highlights inequality in K-12 academic development found in minority students and low-income, urban districts. Referring to the current No Child Left Behind (NCLB) rewrite...
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) have published an open letter to the education community calling for changes to EdReports reviews of instructional materials for their alignment with the Common Core State Standards for...
The LearningCurve team from Marketplace has been studying the impact of technology on education, including how parents view the increased use of tech in the classroom and in school/parent communications. Conducted by Lieberman Research Worldwide, overall the survey found that parents are positive...
On the heels of the Council of Chief State School Officers and National Policy Board for Educational Administration asking for comments on the revised Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards for School Leaders (ISLL), EdFuel has released its competency maps for essential...
In an occasional series, PreK-12 Learning Group staff will offer their observations from industry events. Dave Gladney, Director of Digital Initiatives, shares the trends he saw at the 2015 Milken-GSE/Penn Education Business Plan Competition.  The goal of the competition is not to just...

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