Full-time virtual charter school students show weaker academic growth compared to students of traditional public schools. A new report calls for policy reform for full-time virtual charter schools to hold these schools accountable, and produce better results for their students. […]

The new Smithsonian Learning Lab provides online tools for teachers to engage students in a blended learning environment for K-12 classrooms and college campuses. “Not everyone can come to the Smithsonian, but they can visit the Learning Lab to inspire and design their own digital learning experiences,” said Stephanie Norby, director of the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.






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Earlier this week 16,000 educators converged on Denver for ISTE 2016, the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) annual conference. Attendees, presenters, and exhibitors took to Twitter to share what they were learning and announce new products by using #ISTE2016. Check out some of the top tweets from the conference.






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The Army Educational Outreach Program hosted its annual eCybermission competition and announced the winners at the National Judging and Educational Event awards luncheon on Friday, chosen from more than 7,000 teams that entered the competition.






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From learning how to make math class more fun to discovering how to code a mobile app, TED Talks offer a wealth of knowledge. With too-hot afternoons and evening thunderstorms, there are plenty of opportunities to cool off and stay dry in front of a good video this summer. Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking a look at the TED Talks that everyone should watch this summer–from teachers and parents to college and K-12 students. This week, we have top TED Talks that teachers should watch before the next school year.






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Short attention spans are causing educators to rethink their teaching style. At the Higher Ed Leaders Forum in New York, panelists discussed the future of digital technology in education. Students are now accustomed to a certain level of technology, and have those expectations in the classroom.






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In 2012, the Utah State Legislature recognized the importance of closing the academic achievement gap between wealthy students and those below the poverty line, and specifically wanted to find a way to close the gap before it even started. As a result, the Legislature passed a bill creating an early intervention program to help at-risk preschoolers. After looking at multiple programs and technologies, Utah selected UPSTART.






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Next week, 16,000 educators will descend on Denver for ISTE 2016. The International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) annual conference runs June 26-29 and will feature 1,000 sessions highlighting technology in education. Here’s a preview of what to expect.






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While education hasn’t gotten much air time in the 2016 election cycle, one common refrain from both parties is that all children deserve a high-quality education. The Data Quality Campaign a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization designed to bring the education community together to empower educators, families, and policymakers, shares the goal of a high-quality education for every student.






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Higher education students bring their own devices onto campus, causing universities and colleges to re-evaluate their security and access structure. Students are “bringing their own computers and applications and they want us to secure it,” said Mehran Basiratmand, CTO at Florida Atlantic University. “One solution fitting all higher ed is no longer the case.”






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The school year might be over, but learning hasn’t stopped. While their students are off splashing in pools, relaxing on beaches, and sleeping in late, teachers are working on lesson plans and preparing their classrooms for the next school year. Teachers can also strengthen their ed tech skills with free webinars offered over summer break.






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Makers are the creators and problem-solvers of tomorrow, inspiring students to address the nation’s challenges with a STEM-focused approach. The second annual National Week of Making, June 17-23, coincides with the National Maker Faire, June 18-19.






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Technology should be an important issue in both Republican and Democratic platforms for the upcoming election, according to a letter that advocacy groups sent to the party chairs on Monday. “As the process of developing your platforms continues, we believe it is vital that platform committees both understand the perspectives of the communities we advocate […] […]

Games in the classroom have moved far beyond the pixelated Oregon Trail of yesteryear. Today’s classrooms are capitalizing on modern games, virtual reality, and multimedia content to engage with students of all ages. A new report from Project Tomorrow, a global education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of student voices in education, found that […] […]

Common Core is a hotly contested education issue in the 2016 election cycle, with Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, the presumptive presidential candidates, having radically different opinions on the initiative.






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The National Assessment of Educational Progress released “The Nation’s Report Card: Technology and Engineering Literacy,” the first national assessment using scenario-based tasks to gauge students’ understanding of technology in their lives.






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Calling all young filmmakers! The White House is accepting entries for the White House Student Film Festival through July 15. K-12 students, including graduating seniors, can submit their video on the theme “The World I Want to Live In.”






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