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#LearnLaunch14: Boston is the Hub of EdTech

Over the weekend, we were at the LearnLaunch Conference at Harvard which hosted educators, entrepreneurs, and edtech advocates from around the country. Boston, home to leaders in technology, education, medicine, (and sports of course!), seems to be bringing all that together in their move forward in edtech. In the midst of a packed house of…

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Prezi and Adobe join Obama’s ConnectED initiative Prezi, the cloud-based presentation software, and Adobe are the latest technology companies to join President Barack Obama’s ConnectED Initiative to help the US education system better prepare students for technology-centered world. Prezi’s commitment will provide $100 million in Edu Pro licenses to hundreds of thousands of high schools and educators. Adobe is making over…

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California lawmakers take on student privacy Lawmakers in California are pushing for legislation that protects personal information of students in elementary school through high school. The bill would prohibit education-related websites, online services, and mobile apps for K12 from “compiling, using or sharing the personal information of those students in California for any reason other…

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Big tech to help with schools’ broadband internet  During the State of the Union Address, President Obama announced that Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon would help connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students to speedy Internet. In addition, major tech companies are giving away $750 million worth of products to help bridge the digital divide. President Obama said…

Re: Success Without Tests

Danville Independent School District is looking to sidestep standardized state testing in favor of performance assessment. The Kentucky district of 1,800 students has applied for an exemption from this spring’s state tests in favor of “multidisciplinary, semester-long research projects that students present to panels of teachers plus outside observers, in the manner of a PHD…

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Three principals fired in cheating probe Crazy story from Philly about the pressures of standardized testing. Three Philadelphia principals were fired this week in connection to a cheating scandal involving about 140 other teachers and administrators. This is the result of an investigation of standardized math and english tests taken between 2009 and 2011. Pennsylvania…

Re: Common Core Standards Could Knock Letter Grades Off Report Cards

In December, NPR put on a podcast talking about Common Core and the shift toward standards-based grading in the US. For states and districts who have adopted the Common Core, standards-based grading is another way to streamline their efforts. This podcast puts the Common Core into context by introducing it as a set of guidelines that educators…

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Obama spotlights needs of young adult learners President Obama is making a point to support adult learners who lack the skills demanded by our workforce today. The president and First Lady are hosting a summit to address the needs of this community that has been overlooked even in today’s whirlwind of educational technology. Among the…