Winning a major award brings excitement and validation to creators of educational content. Knowing that the award came in a rigorous competition makes the honor even more special. For nearly 50 years, the REVERE Awards (formerly known as the AEP Awards) program has prided itself on the fact that earning a spot as a finalist or winner marks a truly special accomplishment.  Continue reading

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Everyone realizes the potential benefits of personalized learning for students, and nearly everyone understands the power of data in helping make this possible. On the flip side are concerns about how that student data might be used—or misused. Parents and other advocates for students’ rights want to ensure that students’ personal data remains private and especially that it not be made available to third parties for marketing purposes.  Continue reading

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Meeting the nation’s goal of providing high-speed Internet connectivity for 99% of U.S. students within five years presents many challenges, according to a new report from the EducationSuperHighway. The nonprofit organization’s latest report indicates vast gaps between wealthy and poor school districts’ access to high-quality technologies, according to this Digital Education blog article in Education Week. The report is based on data collected from more than 1,000 school districts in 45 states.  Continue reading

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Much like books, libraries have been rumored to be on their deathbed for many years now. And, much like books, they still remain vital in the 21st century, even if their appearance, programming, and types of resources offered may have changed over time. In celebration of the continuing importance of libraries, the American Library Association is once again sponsoring National Library Week April 13 – 19. This year’s celebration revolves around the theme “Lives change @ your library.” The honorary chair for the event is noted author Judy Blume, whose books have changed countless lives over the years.  Continue reading

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“What role should OER play in schools? And what does it mean to publishers, now that it’s in more widespread use?”  To open this year’s Content in Context Conference (CIC), Frank Catalano of Intrinsic Strategy will moderate a lively Opening General Session panel discussion titled “OER: The Good, the Bad, and the Reality,” which will address these and other OER-related issues. While many publishers fear that these generally free materials may cut into their business, other companies are trying to make peace with OER. As Catalano noted in a recent interview, “Businesses have to realize that OER is not going away. How do we move in next to it?”  Continue reading

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