“Forward-looking schools and districts are evaluating and upgrading their wide area networks (WANs) and metropolitan area networks (MANs) to ensure that they are able to operate under high usage, adapt to flexible  configurations, and withstand interruptions and bandwidth surges,” according to a strategy paper by the Center for Digital Education (CDE). The white paper, sponsored by AT&T, is titled More, Better, Faster: Improving School District Network Capacity for 21st-Century Learning.  Continue reading

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Student data privacy remains a hot-button issue nationwide. To help alleviate concerns among parents and policy makers, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) recently announced a K-12 school service providers’ pledge. AAP supports the voluntary pledge.  Continue reading

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Winning product name: Relationship Smarts PLUS 3.0

Winning product company: The Dibble Institute

Kay Reed, Director of The Dibble Institute, answered a series of questions about this resource, the 2014 Distinguished Achievement winner in the Supplemental Resources subcategory of Life Skills and Character Education (now the Social-Emotional and Character Learning subcategory of the REVERE Awards for the Classroom). Relationship Smarts PLUS allows youth and their peers, parents, and other adults the opportunity for honest dialogue and learning about healthy relationships, allowing learners to build skills that will empower them to make smart, positive choices throughout their lives.  Continue reading

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Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia and Orange County Public Schools in Florida have been named as the winners of the $1 million 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. This year marks the first time in the award’s 13-year history that two school districts were named as winners, and the two will each receive $500,000 in college scholarships for their high school seniors.  Continue reading

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