Because Congress has failed to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, states now can apply for No Child Left Behind waivers if they implement transformational initiatives to ensure students are college- and career-ready. States must address four major areas, including rigorous academic standards with aligned assessments; a robust accountability system; a plan to design an educator evaluation system based on multiple measures, including student growth; and elimination of unnecessary district reporting requirements such as school/district improvement requirements and Title 1 school-wide program restrictions.
“The all-new iTunes U app enables students anywhere to tap into entire courses from the world's most prestigious universities,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Never before have educators been able to offer their full courses in such an innovative way, allowing anyone who’s interested in a particular topic to learn from anywhere in the world, not just the classroom.”
Social media, which has long been viewed as the opiate of the masses, is more and more being utilized to facilitate social learning tools and Learning Management Systems. Expect entire educational social media networks to build off of sites like Facebook.
As long as a digital learning curriculum exists that leverages the capabilities of the teacher AND the iPad. Again, it’s critical to have a teacher who knows what he or she is doing. Otherwise, they’ll just be an expensive distraction. I’d recommend looking at other schools and classrooms (we talk about them a lot on Edudemic) to see how they rolled out a 1:1 classroom, BYOD classroom, etc.
On the plus side, “The iPad has been one of the elements of seismic change, because of how it opened people’s minds,” said David Straus, vice president of product at Kno at the SIIA Ed Tech Industry Summit.
In the wake of the shooting deaths of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Friday, the issue of gun control, especially assault weapons and high capacity magazines, has been brought to the fore of the national discussion.
Perhaps the most-covered trend in 2012 is the MOOC movement — Massively Open Online Courses in higher education — so pervasive it is now also getting noticed at K-12-focused events. Investors and media are paying close attention to Coursera, edX, Udacity, and other major players. But the attention paid to the newest MOOCs seemed to overshadow awareness of the progress being made in another online instructional area: K-12 web-only and blended learning.
"There are a few trends worth watching this next year," said Karen Cator, the United States Department of Education's (ED) director of technology. "I would say the expansion of mobile devices is one, expansion of ever improving digital content is another, and the expansion of social networking for learning is another."
Fourth- and eighth-grade students in the United States continue to lag behind students in several East Asian countries and some European nations in math and science, although American fourth graders are closer to the top performers in reading, according to test results released on Tuesday.
While American primary and secondary education continues to lag the industrialized world, American universities consistently outrank their global peers and, thus, continue to be a magnet for the best and brightest from planet earth. 6 of the top 10, and 15 of the top 25 universities in the world are U.S.-based
The year began with the Internet’s protests against SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (the Protect IP Act). The proposed legislation would give U.S. law enforcement more authority to crack down on online copyright infringement, allowing them to ban search engines from linking to “infringing” websites and require Internet service providers to block access to these sites as well.