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The passage of ESSA has brought optimism to many education organizations regarding opportunities for significant change in the public schools. The National Commission on Teaching and the Future (NCTAF) has released a report that contains its blueprint for reorganizing schools for more engaging and...
ADA - Architecting & Designing for Accessibility, which is a continuation of the 2016 Ed Tech Forum, provided attendees with insights and strategies from experts on designing ed tech tools with accessibility in mind. During the webinar, Rachel Comerford, Director of Content Standards for...
For fifty years the REVERE Awards have recognized effective and engaging learning resources no matter the subject matter or media. Through our rigorous judging process, which includes educators and industry professionals, instructional tools are vetted against criteria that look at not only the...
Results from the annual PDK poll on public attitudes toward education continue to show a large divide in the U.S. over how to improve America’s schools. In fact, the poll shows that Americans disagree over the fundamental purpose of public schooling. While 45% believe the main goal is to prepare...
A common theme for stories about U.S. education reform is how the U.S. is falling behind other countries or how another country, like Finland, has cracked the problem on how to provide educational excellence for all students. While the U.S. system has many elements that defy direct comparison, such...
Serving the education market is a long-held priority of the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF). The AAP PreK-12 Learning Group itself has been working with the FBF since 2007 to showcase the wide variety of companies developing learning resources. Alongside the International Education Exhibition space, the...
During the webinar ADA - Architecting & Designing for Accessibility, JoAnna Hunt, Accessibility Manager for Blackboard, explained why testing should go beyond the typical voice and keyboard user testing. She explained that QA personnel need to think about students who have a variety of needs...
Whether using the word diversity or inclusivity, equal opportunities for all is a crucial issue in the United States. But while the 2016 presidential candidates tend to talk generically about providing a quality education for every child, a recently proposed Senate bill would specifically...
No matter the state of the economy, teachers have been spending their own money on classroom materials to supplement students’ education. While recent studies have shown that teachers spend an average of $500 on supplies for students, a 2015 Huffington Post article had comments from teachers...
At the 2016 Content in Context (CIC) session on game-based learning the presenters talked about how difficult it is to develop classroom games that engage students as well as helping them with their learning needs. More important, with the proliferation of products calling themselves educational...

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