On Wednesday, April 29 Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015. The representatives, who were both instrumental in the development of the Student Data Privacy Pledge, have been working on this bill for some time, including a previous draft that was heavily criticized. Codifying provisions of the Pledge and the Student Data Principles while balancing the need for using data to guide instruction, the new bill still cedes authority to states to make their own decisions regarding best practices. Continue reading

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For publishers staying on top of issues impacting the edtech purchases and the decision makers, two new reports yield insights into the current state of the market. The 2015 K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report from CoSN, sponsored by SchoolDude and conducted in partnership with MDR, looks at Chief Technology Officers, including what their issues are and what their work lives look like. Insight Enterprises has released its findings on the five key areas education decision makers must consider as they plan their budgets for an environment where technology is placing heavier demands on network infrastructure. Both reports identified assessment as an issue that greatly impacts IT leaders and purchases. Continue reading

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Common Sense Media, an AAP PreK-12 Learning Group member, has launched a new advocacy initiative called Common Sense Kids Action. The goal of the initiative is to make kids and education the number one priority in the United States. In an article for the Huffington Post, Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, further explains the key issues for the initiative. Continue reading

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A recent study by Holly Pope, Jo Boaler, and Charmaine Mangram of the Stanford Graduate School of Education showed that students using a digital math game three times a week demonstrated a greater increase in number sense at the end of the evaluation period than those who did not. While this study, which focused on students at one school with one teacher using a single digital game (Wuzzit Trouble), does not mean that all digital games will improve learning outcomes, it does point to areas for meaningful research. Continue reading

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As assessments and the school year wind down for 2015, Valerie Pelletier, a kindergarten teacher at Hygiene Elementary School in Longmont (CO), shared her perspective on working with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to the Education Post. Believing that there is a lot of confusion among parents about the standards, she offers three key pieces of information that parents should know about the CCSS. Continue reading

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