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CoSN Launches New Peer-to-Peer Resource for District Leaders

District leaders who participate in the program will work closely with and receive feedback from an experienced team of education technology professionals. Leveraging the Framework, the Peer Review Team will visit a school system to identify what the district is doing well as well as the areas for improvement to move their technology efforts forward.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Apr 2017

Smithsonian and Lenovo Collaborate to Advance STEAM Learning

The Smithsonian has announced a joint effort with Lenovo to foster STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning in school and after-school programs using the Smithsonian Learning Lab, a free online toolkit to find, customize and share digital museum resources with others. Lenovo is a leading provider of innovative consumer, commercial and enterprise technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Mar 2017

ASCD Introduces ASCD Student Growth Center and the Center’s First Product, GoalWorks

GoalWorks, a progress-monitoring solution for students with learning differences, was developed in response to schools' need for meaningful goal setting to support student growth.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 2017

New Enhancements to Discovery Education’s Digital Services Boost Educators’ Ability to Connect with Peers and Differentiate Instruction

Discovery Education has unveiled two new enhancements to its digital services. These features, added to Discovery Education's Streaming and Techbook services, support educators' efforts to network with their peers and differentiate instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Mar 2017

Flipped Learning Global Initiative Researchers Confirm Flipped Learning Methodology Advances

A task force identified five factors that signal the start of a new era in flipped learning, as the FLGI hosts the Flipped Learning 3.0 webinar series to brief education stakeholders worldwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2017

IDEA WATCH: Getting on Board With the DOE’s Future Ready Initiative

In June, the Department of Education Office of Ed Tech rolled out a new Future Ready Librarian initiative and framework that highlights the ways librarians can accelerate change to help their districts build future-ready schools. Learn more from Carolyn, and get on board!
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Sep 2016 - Sep/Oct 2016 Issue By

SETDA Report Highlights Best Practices Around the Country for Driving Broadband Connectivity and Access for Students

With high-speed broadband access essential to student learning, Common Sense and SETDA have released a report to help educators, state leaders and policymakers ensure every student has high quality internet access.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Apr 2016

ASCD and OverDrive Survey Finds Digital Content Used in 80% of Schools and Districts

eBooks, audiobooks and digital textbooks use in the classroom on the rise with more teachers planning on using the digital content for curriculum use.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Apr 2016

Cogent Education, Inner Voice & LightUp Announced as Winners of FETC 2016 Goldfish Tank Innovators Competition

The companies were recognized as top innovators at the Future of Education Technology Conference
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Feb 2016

SIIA Announces 2015 Innovation Incubator Program Finalists

Ten education technology innovators will be featured at the 2015 Education Business Forum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Nov 2015

SETDA Announces Partnership with New Cohort of Nine Startups Focused on Serving K-12 Education Needs

The nine companies making up this cohort were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants based on their status as an emerging company, capacity to leverage technology to serve a need in PreK-12 or pre-service education, and their potential to scale on a state-wide and multi-state basis.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jun 2015

Education Technology Pioneers Announced as Winners of SIIA Innovation Incubator Program

More than 50 applicants were assessed for the Innovation Incubator program on a broad range of criteria. They were judged by both industry leaders and educators in classrooms around the globe.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 May 2015

CoSN’s Latest EdTechNext Report Released

CoSN's latest EdTechNext report explores how modern 3D technologies are opening new dimensions in learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Mar 2015

CoSN K-12 Report: Assessment Readiness, Money, & Privacy Top Priorities for School Technology Leaders

The new findings, released recently at the association's 2015 Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, provide K-12 leadership and stakeholders with a clearer sense of education technology challenges and priorities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2015

SETDA Publishes Brief on the Quality of Digital Content for Learning

The brief, Ensuring the Quality of Digital Content for Learning, examines the policy and practice considerations regarding strategies to ensure digital content quality, including the exploration of the specific quality-control challenges and opportunities associated with open educational resources (OER).
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Mar 2015

Smithsonian Brings Historic Specimens to Life in Free “Skin and Bones” Mobile App

The free app is available for download in the App Store and reinvents how visitors to the museum can experience select specimens on view in its historic "Bone Hall," an exhibit of almost 300 vertebrate skeletons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2015

Apple to Host Workshops for Hour of Code at Apple Retail Stores Around the World

The workshops will bring computer science to every student during Computer Science Education Week.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Dec 2014

Free Resources: LOC's Interactive Student Discovery Series for Tablets

The first six Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad, and can be downloaded for free on iBooks. These sets cover the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance, and Understanding the Cosmos.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Sep 2014

ASCD Publishes New Common Core Resources

These new resources provide tools, examples, and strategies designed to help students grow as effective writers, thinkers, and problem solvers while meeting the demands and guidelines of the new standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2014

THE PIPELINE: Influence--7 Rules (And You Can’t Just Do One!)

Invoking the ALA's Declaration of the Right for School Libraries, Stephen discusses what leaders in the field have tried in order to influence the success of libraries for learners, then offers seven rules he believes will help librarians succeed on an even bigger scale.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2014 - Sep/Oct 2014 Issue By

CEP Releases Compendium of Research on Common Core

CEP's new compendium elevates and amplifies the current research around standards to support the work of researchers, policymakers and practitioners. The compendium will be regularly updated to provide the most up-to-date information and research.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Aug 2014

SIIA Releases 2014 Vision K-20 Survey Report

The report suggests that K-20 education institutions are striving for more digital educational goals, which are increasingly reached through Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2014

CoSN Issues Resources to Complement K-12 Education Privacy Toolkit

Launched in March through CoSN's Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative, the existing toolkit addresses compliance with laws such as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and offers smart practices to better protect student privacy and their data.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jul 2014

Discovery Education, 3M Announce National Finalists in 2014 Young Scientist Challenge

Ten students will participate in a summer mentorship program with 3M scientists and compete for $25,000 and the title of America's Top Young Scientist.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jul 2014

SETDA Publishes Brief on Ownership of Teacher-Created Instructional Materials for State and District Leaders

"Clarifying Ownership of Teacher-Created Digital Content Empowers Educators to Personalize Education, Address Individual Student Needs" examines important legal considerations regarding the ownership and use of teacher-created digital instructional materials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jun 2014

SETDA Launches The Guide to Technology Requirements

The interactive website is designed to help school districts implement online tests and plan for digital learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 May 2014

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Learning by Design--Common Sense, Common Core, and Tools for a STEM to STEAM Approach

With increasingly widespread adoption and integration of Common Core's Next Generation Science Standards and Visual and Performing Art Standards, and with educators seeking solutions to combine the best features in a cross-discipline approach to science and the arts, the time for STEM to STEAM has come.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2014 - May/June 2014 Issue By

ASCD Announces New Teaching and Learning Framework for Schools and Districts: The FIT Teaching Tool Kit by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

The FIT Teaching tool kit provides teachers with the resources to ensure the success of every learner and is based on four essential elements: School and Classroom Culture, Establishing Purpose, Gradual Release of Responsibility, and Formative and Summative Assessments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Apr 2014

Common Core Explorer Helps K-12 Educators Find Quality Digital-Learning Media Aligned to Common Core State Standards

Common Sense Media's new search tool is the latest feature on Graphite for sourcing quality digital-learning media to meet specific curricular goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Mar 2014

Flipped Learning Network Unveils Formal Definition of Flipped Learning

Crafted by experienced educators, the definition dispels myths and explains the Four Pillars of Flipped Learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Mar 2014

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Launches New Website

The redesigned website more clearly communicates the association's work and priorities to the public and follows on the fall 2013 launch of an online professional learning community for members and partners, SETDA Connects.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Mar 2014

SIIA Announces Industry Best Practices to Safeguard Student Information Privacy and Data Security

The privacy and security best practices are intended as guidance for providers of educational services to educational institutions to the extent that they collect, disseminate, use or maintain personally identifiable information about students (student PII).
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Feb 2014

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Teaching and Learning the Ways of Our Brave New Digital World

There's a place for digital citizenship education throughout our school experience, from elementary to post-secondary. So this month, Victor has gathered some excellent resources on the subject of teaching this timely topic. Read 'em, use 'em. It's practically an educator's digital civic duty!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Feb 2014 - Jan/Feb 2014 Issue By

Awesome Eats Game

For January 15, 2014: Elementary teachers looking for a fun way to teach students about nutrition and recycling should check out the Whole Kids Foundation's Awesome Eats, a free app for the iPhone or iPad.
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Smithsonian X 3D

For November 15, 2013: Through state of the art scanning methods, the Smithsonian is transforming their collection into 3D objects, and you can check it out at their Smithsonian X 3D website.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Nov 2013 By

SIIA Announces Innovation Incubator Program Finalists

The SIIA Innovation Incubator Program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program has provided support for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Nov 2013

CoSN Kicks Off 2013-2014 Webinar Series

Featuring local, regional, federal, and private sector K-12 education leaders from across the country, the hour-long webinars will be an online forum for regular discussions on a range of issues, including privacy in the cloud, learning analytics, "hybrid innovation" strategies, high stakes online assessments, smart education networks, and the "2014 Horizon Report K-12 Edition," among other K-12 education technology trends and tools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Nov 2013

SETDA Releases Tools for Next Generation Standards Alignment of Digital Education Resources

The resources released by SETDA, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, provide recommendations for how the Common Core State Standards could be digitally encoded to support the transparent high-quality alignment of education resources to those standards, including an approach to encoding state-adopted extensions of the CCSS.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2013

Discovery Education and 3M Announce 2013 Science Competition Winners

Discovery Education and 3M have named 11-year-old Peyton Robertson from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., winner of the 2013 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his innovative sandbag design.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Oct 2013

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education Announce Call for Entries for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

The Challenge tasks K-12 students, under the guidance of an advisor, with identifying an environmental issue in their classroom, school or community and creating a replicable green solution for the chance to earn more than $300,000 in scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Aug 2013

SIIA Seeks Education Technology Innovators

Finalists will receive one-on-one access to industry leaders for expert advice, mentorship, and growth.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Aug 2013

NEA Back to School Guide

For August 15, 2013: School is just around the corner and teachers are looking for ideas to create inviting learning spaces. The National Education Association has compiled a wealth of resources with ideas to brighten the decor of any classroom and coordinate with the subject matter that is being taught.
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ASCD Releases New Professional Development Offerings for Educators Heading Back to School

New professional development opportunities include ASCD Arias, ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership, the book Closing the Attitude Gap, and "Back to School Week," August 19- 23, on ASCD's blog Inservice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Aug 2013

MIND Research Institute Launches Sums & Solutions Educational Blog

The blog is intended to serve as an engaging online community exploring the national movement toward online K-12 learning, and as a forum to share successes and challenges from the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Aug 2013

ASCD Offers Resources for Educators Planning the School Year Ahead

ASCD offers timely materials on the most prevalent issues in education today, including the Common Core State Standards, teacher and principal effectiveness, and quality instruction. Here are a few resources to get started.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2013

‘Digital Natives’ Are Still Bound to Printed Media—Pew Report

Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, the most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jul 2013

New Schoology Features Enhance Blended Learning

The new features include customizable award badges for use in motivating students; a new parent interface to improve communication between parents, students and teachers; and updates to the iOS and Android mobile apps that enhance the use of external media.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jul 2013

SIIA Education Division Partners with ISTE and UBTech

The partnerships enable SIIA to extend the many benefits of its prominent Innovation Incubator Program, a peer-review competition that was created to help identify and support entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jun 2013

SIIA Announces Top Innovators in Education Technology

simCEO and See.Touch.Learn. were voted the Most Innovative and Most Likely to Succeed, respectively. Citelighter was voted runner-up for Most Innovative, and scrible was voted runner-up for Most Likely to Succeed.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 May 2013

New ASCD Common Core Academy Supports School Leadership Teams Across the United States

This intensive four-day professional leadership experience offers groups of administrators, teacher leaders, and nonprofit and higher education partners an accelerated plan for putting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into routine practice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 May 2013

Free Resources: SETDA's New Report: 'Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning'

SETDA developed this report to help education leaders understand how technical interoperability initiatives relate to teaching and learning and to offer recommendations for how states, districts, and schools can become more responsive to educator needs and personalize learning for students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 May 2013

Free Resources: Discovery Education's STEM Camp Curricula

Discovery Education has announced the development of Discovery Education STEM Camp, a series of standards-aligned STEM curricula available at no cost to schools, districts, non-profit organizations and parents.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 May 2013

Gale Announces National Geographic Kids

This new resource contains material appropriate for younger audiences, and content that is not duplicated in other available National Geographic Virtual Library products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Apr 2013

ASCD Announces New Spring and Summer Professional Development Institutes Supporting Common Core Implementation

The new series of one-day institutes is titled Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the Common Core; the two-day series is called Common Core and the Understanding by Design Framework: Planning Units with the End in Mind.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Apr 2013

Discovery Education and Digital Promise Launch Future@Now: Transition to Digital Classrooms

Congressman George Miller (D-CA), leading educational strategists, school district leaders and students from across the country come together to discuss the state of digital learning at the combined live event and live-streamed webcast. Registration is open.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Mar 2013

ASCD Launches Interactive 2012 Annual Report

"Creating Solutions: The ASCD Revolution in Motion" showcases the association's achievements and serves as a resource discovery tool for educators who seek programs, products, and services that empower them to support the success of each learner.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2013

ITI Crosslinks: Bringing the Smithsonian to a Library Near You, Thanks to Cengage Learning

Covered here ever so briefly via a press announcement earlier, Cengage's plans following its licensing agreement with the Smithsonian Institution are fully described and explored by Online Searcher magazine's editor-in-chief Marydee Ojala in her NewsBreak posting on the Information Today, Inc. website.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 13 Mar 2013

CoSN Releases Results of First National K-12 IT Leadership Survey

The results will help K-12 decision makers better understand how education leaders are leveraging technology to enhance teaching and learning, how these practices have changed over time and how current choices will affect the future of elementary and secondary education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Mar 2013

Cengage Learning Launches Partnership with the Smithsonian Institution to Bring Smithsonian Treasures into the Library and Academic Space

Immediate plans in the library space include the creation of a digital archive of the complete back files of both Air and Space magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, and will incorporate new issues on an ongoing basis.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2013

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: What Our Schools Have in Common--Technology and Teaching to the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core offers a uniform, nationwide measure of where our students are and where they need to be, and Victor's Tools for Learning feature this month provides you with a descriptive list of companies that can help you get started.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

Effective Web-Based K–12 Common Core Tools … and They’re Free!

Worried about the Common Core State Standards? If you are a teacher, you don't have to be. Granted, it will take time and effort to adapt your teaching plans to meet these standards. But there are a lot of tools to help you do it, available right now on the web.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

PBS Survey Finds Teachers Embracing Digital Resources to Propel Student Learning

PBS LearningMedia has released findings from a national survey of pre-K-12 teachers that provides a current snapshot of how teachers are utilizing technology in America's classrooms, the types of technology teachers have access to and their attitudes toward technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Feb 2013

Free Resources: The Smithsonian Quests Program

A digital badge program that fosters project-based learning, Smithsonian Quests are intended to inspire students to explore their own ideas and interests online, in school, at home and across the nation. The quests connect and reward learners of different ages and in different regions as they learn through discovery and collaboration.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Feb 2013

CDW-G Report: Work Imitates Life in Cloud Computing Adoption

CDW-G has announced its 2013 State of the Cloud Report, an assessment of the current and future drivers behind cloud computing adoption in the United States, based on a survey of 1,242 IT professionals familiar with their organization's plans for the cloud.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Feb 2013

NSBA Launches Education Technology Innovation Showcase

The National School Boards Association created the Technology Innovation Showcase to highlight emerging companies that represent the diversity of new solutions in education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jan 2013

It's Never Too Late to Flip!

A firm believer in the flipped classroom model, librarian Pat Semple has developed a set of tools that allows her to optimize her time by "flipping" what are traditionally viewed as classroom tasks (lectures) with what are traditionally viewed as homework tasks (researching and writing).
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By Announces EasyTech for PARCC/Smarter Balanced

The expanded EasyTech digital literacy curriculum is intended to help students be successful with the Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia computer-based Common Core Assessments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Dec 2012

Alliance for Excellent Education Releases Report: 'The Nation’s Schools Are Stepping Up to Higher Standards'

The report identifies four key challenges that public school district leaders must systemically address in the next two years and outlines the essential elements for developing a comprehensive digital strategy.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Nov 2012

ASCD Releases Report on Common Core State Standards Implementation

This free report can be found on the EduCore site, ASCD's free repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the Common Core standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2012

Turnitin Releases Common Core Rubrics as Free Educational Resource

Turnitin has made the writing rubrics developed to align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) available free to educators worldwide through an open access license with Creative Commons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Oct 2012

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Announces Launch of the State Education Policy Center

The SEPC is intended to provide up-to-date information regarding select technology-related education policies and practices to inform school reform and improvement efforts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2012

SETDA Releases 'Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age'

This report highlights the sea change underway in the multi-billion dollar U.S. K-12 instructional materials market enabled by recent technology and intellectual property rights innovations. With a focus on the ultimate impact on student learning, the report provides examples of lessons learned from recent digital and open content/open educational resources (OER) initiatives by leading states and school districts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2012 and CDW-G Launch Webiste to Help Educators Find New Funding Sources

The website, GetEdFunding, is a free, searchable resource of more than 600 funding opportunities created by a team of current and former educators and grant specialists. The opportunities span the full educational spectrum, from adult education and arts to science, mathematics and technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Sep 2012

ASCD Announces Additional Common Core State Standards Institutes for Fall 2012 and Winter 2013

These new institutes are part of the association's ongoing effort to support educators at all levels nationwide as they implement the Common Core State Standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Sep 2012

CoSN Announces 2012-2013 Back-to-School Tools for Ed Tech Leaders

These resources were developed to assist chief technology officers (CTOs) and other school leaders in their efforts to enhance 21stcentury teaching and learning through the use of technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Sep 2012

ASCD Launches Free Digital Common Core Implementation Tool, Announces Fall Common Core Webinar Series

Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the EduCore tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the CCSS. The series of new, free webinars provide educators actionable strategies and tactics for integrating Common Core standards into classroom activities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2012

Free Resources: ASCD's Online Needs Assessment and School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and school systems around the world, and targeted to schools developing and refining strategic plans, the online tool offers educators a comprehensive needs assessment as they embark on the new school year.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Aug 2012

iEARN Launches New Global Online Collaboration Centre

The mission of iEARN is to enable young people worldwide, working in collaboration and respectful dialogue, to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. This new platform is a key piece of fulfilling that mission.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Aug 2012

SETDA Releases 2012 National Trends Report

The report includes dozens of examples of quality learning programs that leverage technology, including details regarding implementation of the federal Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) State Grants Program for FY 2010 and under the America Recovery and Restoration Act (ARRA).
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jul 2012

ITI Crosslinks: The Challenging Landscape of Ebooks in Libraries

Information Today, Inc.'s newsbureau chief Paula Hane recently delved into a Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project report and an ALA/Information Policy & Access Center report, both of which focused on ebooks in libraries.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 24 Jul 2012

SIIA Vision K-20 Survey Finds Technology Progress in U.S. Schools and Universities

The 2012 survey reflects a desire for growth in Vision K-20 goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jul 2012

Is Your School In Compliance With The July 1 Internet Safety Regulations?

Web Wise Kids provides fun and educational games to help E-Rate schools comply.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jul 2012

New CDW-G Survey Finds 'Learn Now, Lecture Later' Model Emerging in Education

Teachers and students report a shift away from lecture-only classes, along with increased use of classroom technology compared to just two years ago.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jun 2012

Free Resources: ASCD's 2012 Summer Boot Camp Webinar Series

Assisting educators at all levels around the globe prepare for the 2012-13 school year, ASCD's free summer boot camp comprises nine informative webinars on a variety of topics that shape classrooms worldwide.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Jun 2012

ASCD Announces New PD Online Courses

The seven new courses for educators focus on differentiated instruction, Common Core State Standards implementation, and teaching students in high-poverty communities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 May 2012

CoSN Updates Tools to Help Education Leaders Evaluate the Value of Technology Investments

Designed to help school leaders determine the costs and benefits of proposed projects, the VOI Methodology and Tools are proven resources for evaluating, articulating, selling and sustaining technology endeavors in districts nationwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 May 2012

ASCD Expands Support for Common Core State Standards Implementation with New Professional Development Resources and Events

The new series of two-day institutes focuses on the theme "Leading the Change to Common Core State Standards: Essential Tools for School and District Leaders" and addresses how superintendents, principals, and key administrators can best implement the new standards in their schools and school systems.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 May 2012

State Educational Technology Directors Association Releases Case Studies of Innovative Educational Initiatives

The case studies are illustrative of unique state grant programs tailored to meet the needs of teachers and students in those states. While each program is unique, some common themes have emerged among them.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Apr 2012

Common Sense Media Launches Learning Ratings Initiative for Digital Media

The new ratings assess learning potential of apps, games, and websites to guide parents to great choices and spur development of quality products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Apr 2012

10,000 Teachers Share Views on the Teaching Profession in New Primary Sources Report

Scholastic Inc. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have released "Primary Sources: America's Teachers on the Teaching Profession," the second landmark report presenting the results of a national survey of more than 10,000 public school teachers in grades pre-K to 12.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2012

Cool Links: Gale Aims to Transform the Online Library Experience with Gateways

Gale Cengage has a new idea it's trying out in the public library realm that we should observe. It's Gale Gateways, "designed to represent the unique way in which a community interacts with its public library." Find out about it through these "cool links."
News/Cool Links - Posted 14 Mar 2012

ASCD and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Partner to Launch New PD Online Course

The course, entitled Exploring 21st Century Teaching and Learning, outlines 21st century teaching and learning and is designed to empower educators with the tools and concepts needed to develop a vision of 21st century education in their school or district and translate it into actionable practice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Feb 2012

Adobe Foundation Announces Call for Entries for the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards

The AYV competition is a new opportunity for youth worldwide to submit their most compelling digital work to an international, online media competition.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2012

Cool Links: Ebooks and School Libraries

ALA's American Libraries magazine has published a great article on ebooks and school libraries. Part of the first two paragraphs should get you into it.
News/Cool Links - Posted 16 Jan 2012

PBS TeacherLine Aligns Courses to Common Core State Standards

The alignment means that PBS TeacherLine reading/language arts and mathematics courses provide professional development training and resources that help teachers develop lessons and deliver instruction based on Common Core State Standards and meet students' individual needs, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2012

Carnegie Mellon’s Information Networking Institute and Web Wise Kids Introduce Educational Social Networking Mobile App for Kids to the Android Market

In collaboration with The Wireless Foundation and Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families, the new "BeSeen" educational app helps teach kids how to use social networks safely and wisely.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2012

ASCD Announces Seven New PD Online Courses for Educators

The new courses from ASCD support educators implementing Common Core State Standards. Three support implementation of new math standards; four subject-based courses focus on supporting educators in integrating the new literacy standards into science, history/social studies, English language arts, and mathematics lessons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2012

ASCD Announces Free Common Core Webinar Series for Educators

The webinars focus on supporting educators across the country as they implement the new standards. The first webinar, Common Core 101 with John Kendall, will be presented on November 9, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. eastern time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Oct 2011

Second Monograph Released from 2011 CoSN Compendium

"The Big Shift: Curriculum and Technology Leaders Advancing Digital Learning" provides districts with strategies on how to strengthen the collaboration between K-12 curriculum and technology leaders in the use of digital learning resources and technology infrastructure.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Oct 2011

Carnegie Mellon’s Information Networks Institute and Web Wise Kids Launch Free Educational Social Networking Mobile App for Kids

The BeSeen app is designed to teach kids how to responsibly use social networks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2011

Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up 2011 Survey Open through December 23rd

Students, parents and teachers can share their opinions on schools; more than 23,000 schools have pre-registered from all 50 states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2011

Free Resources: Discovery Education and Partners’ Supplemental Classroom Materials, Grants, Award Programs

Focused on providing fun and engaging tools to classrooms and homes, these joint efforts include components like supplemental family activities, K-12 curriculum programs, interactive classroom lessons and more.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Oct 2011's Treebanding Project

For October 1, 2011: It's not too late to get involved with the Smithsonian's tree banding project You can do it now through
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Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Launch Fourth Annual Siemens ‘We Can Change the World Challenge’

Through the Challenge, students are invited to team up with classmates under teacher/mentors to solve environmental problems in their school (grades K-5), community (grades 6-8) and world (grades 9-12).
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2011

Orchard Now Releases Correlation to Common Core Standards

Math and language arts assessment and instruction are aligned to ensure appropriate preparation and remediation.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2011

CoSN Launches Nationwide Search for Innovative K-12 District Leaders to Develop Best Practices on Using New Media to Invigorate Learning

The effort is part of CoSN's Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership and Policy initiative, which is supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Initiative.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2011

Cool Links: The International Association of School Librarianship’s Skype Project

The International Association of School Librarianship (ISLM) offers ideas for taking your classroom global. An interesting one we just got word of, among several projects for International School Library Month, is ISLM's Skype Project.
News/Cool Links - Posted 24 Aug 2011

Cool Links: 2011 Vision K-20 Survey—Tech Still A Challenge

On his edtechdigest site, Victor Rivero has put up a brief post on SIIA's newly released 2011 Vision K-20 Survey that's worth a look … good synopsis, key findings, etc.
News/Cool Links - Posted 11 Aug 2011

CoSN Releases Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition Toolkit

Produced by the New Media Consortium (NMC), the Report details emerging technologies likely to have a significant impact on teaching and learning around the globe. The Toolkit is geared toward education leaders who wish to learn more about and further the dialogue on the emerging technologies identified in the Report and their potential to re-imagine K-12 education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jul 2011

Cool Link: Twittered Up Re: Education

Victor Rivero's just passed along a link to a great list of influential education and ed tech Twitter Tweeters and their Twitter handles that you should consider following.
News/Cool Links - Posted 20 Jul 2011

ITI Cross Links: Ebook Developments Were HOT at ALA

Information Today, Inc.'s news bureau chief and NewsBreaks editor Paula Hane has posted a report on the ALA summer conference and news emanating from it.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 07 Jul 2011

CDW-G Releases Second Annual 21st-Century Classroom Report

The report, released during the recent ISTE conference in Philadelphia, seeks to understand how students and faculty want to use technology, measure how classroom technology is evolving and identify opportunities for continued growth.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2011

CoSN Releases New EdTechNext Report on eContent

The report explores the transformative role of eContent in today's K-12 classroom and examines its educational impact, highlighting how one school district has successfully leveraged eContent and mobile device strategies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jun 2011

SIIA Calls for Participants in 2011 Vision K-20 Survey

Sponsored by the organization's Education Division, the Vision K-20 Survey gives educators, administrators, and faculty members from K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions the opportunity to take a short, online survey to evaluate their current technology use.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 May 2011

ASCD Introduces Four New Courses to PD Online Series

With a flexible, multimedia design and a deep course catalog, the PD Online series supports the needs of almost any type and size of learning group—from individual learners and small professional learning communities to districtwide professional development, and integration into university courses and programs, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 May 2011

State Finalists Named in Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and the College Board have named the 24 middle school and 24 high school state finalists in the third annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 May 2011

Scholastic, PBS Kids and iVillage Launch Summer Reading Programs

The three brands are running two summer reading challenges designed to be entertaining and easy enough to fit into every family's busy summer schedule. Both challenges, the Scholastic Summer Challenge and the iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge, will be available through
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Apr 2011

Project Tomorrow Releases Report on Usage of Emerging Technologies for Education

The report, "The New 3 E's of Education: Enabled, Engaged and Empowered—How Today's Students are Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Learning," discusses finding and conclusions from Project Tomorrow's Speak Up 2010 survey of K-12 students and parents.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Apr 2011

IMLS-Funded Research Explores How School Librarians Use Digital Content for STEM Learning

Florida State University School of Library & Information Studies is using an IMLS grant to explore how school librarians can make it easier for students and their teachers to use digital content to support STEM learning. The project investigates how librarians are currently using open content STEM resources and develops a tool that allows librarians to easily create catalog records for digital materials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Apr 2011

Lexia Learning Releases Survey Results from ASCD

An informal survey of superintendents, supervisors, principals and teachers who attended the recent ASCD Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif., suggests that educators feel they lack the data and instructional tools to deliver effective learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Mar 2011

CoSN Launches Online Community of Practice Focused on Providing Access to Online Environments in K-12

The online community of practice will first focus on student-owned devices, followed by broadband. Future areas of focus may include cloud computing, mobile computing, enabling home access, wireless access and network design, among many others.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2011

CoSN Releases Flexible Mobile Platform Report

The report explores the fundamentals of mobile devices for schools - from their education potential to the pros and cons of student- vs. school-owned devices. It also details four components of mobile learning that factor into technology planning and decision making, and highlights how some school districts are successfully leveraging mobile devices.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2011

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Thirty-Three Excellent Professional Development Resources for Teachers

The professional development scene for teachers has advanced to the point that the web is a true gift to educators. Here are some excellent online professional development resources to help move you toward a 21 st-century classroom.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

SIIA Education Division Releases Don’t Copy That 2 – School Version

Don't Copy That 2 - School Version is a fun-to-watch rap music video that addresses the dangers of engaging in piracy and the importance of respecting the creative output of others.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Feb 2011

Cool Links: Empowering the 2st Century Superintendent

A recent posting on Victor Rivero's edtechdigest blog turned us on to a CoSN report, "Empowering the 2st Century Superintendent."
News/Cool Links - Posted 20 Jan 2011

Center on Education Policy Survey Finds Momentum Building for Common Core State Standards

States that have signed onto common core state standards in English language arts and math are moving forward with little resistance, though full implementation is several years away for most of them, according to the survey.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2011

SIIA Honors Promising New Education Technologies

Two products have been recognized through Innovation Incubator program
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Dec 2010

Energy Quest

For December 1, 2010: At the Energy Quest website from the California Energy Commission, discover interesting facts about energy through a virtual interface.
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SIIA, ASCD, and Council of Chief State School Officers Jointly Release 'Innovate to Educate' Report

The findings in the "Innovate to Educate: System [Re]Design for Personalized Learning" report are based upon the insights and recommendations of some 150 visionary education leaders convened at an August 4-6, 2010 Symposium in Boston, Mass.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Nov 2010

CoSN Releases Monograph, "The Future of Information Technology: How The Next Ten Years Will Fundamentally Change the Role of the K-12 CTO"

The monograph provides a detailed historical perspective on the role chief technology officers (CTOs) have played in the past, and forward-looking insight into how that role is expected to evolve over the next decade.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Nov 2010

Free Resources: The Science of NFL Football

Thanks to Gary Price's ResourceShelf for this gem found at the National Science Foundation—"an informative 10-part video series that explores the science behind America's most beloved sport…"
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Sep 2010

CoSN Releases Suite of Online Resources to Strengthen Web 2.0 Leadership Among K-12 Administrators

Participatory Culture: Building Blocks for School Leaders is designed for use by superintendents, principals, chief technology/information officers (CTOs/CIOs), technology directors and curriculum directors.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Sep 2010

Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and NSTA Announce Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

The third year of this national sustainability challenge—now expanded to include high school students—encourages all students, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, to team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their schools (grades K-5), community (grades 6-8) and world (grades 9-12).
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Sep 2010

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: 21st Century Learning in 2010--A Global Imperative

In this article, Victor Rivero draws on educators' and educational technology product developers' thinking that he picked up during a visit to this summer's ISTE conference. Victor cruised the show, talking with attendees and presenters, as well as with representatives from organizations such as the Partnership for 21st-Century Skills and The Software & Information Industry Association, to get their opinions on 21st century education.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

CoSN Releases Part 2 of The 2010 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition Toolkit

Discussion Activities found in Part 2 are designed to facilitate a dialogue among educators, policymakers and other stakeholders on school and district needs and challenges and whether emerging technologies have a role to play to meeting those needs and achieving educational goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Aug 2010

Free Resources: CSLA's Updated Suite of 2.0 Tutorials

The California School Library Association (CSLA) 2.0 team is has announced - just in time for lesson planning for next year - the newest update in its suite of 2.0 tutorials.
News/Free Resources - Posted 03 Aug 2010

CoSN Releases New EdTechNext Report

"Managing Learning: Next-Generation Learning Systems" details how K-12 educators and administrators are using cutting-edge Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) to transform teaching and learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jul 2010

Archipelago Learning Announces Common Core State Standards Update for Study Island

Professional development plus instructional and assessment materials are intended to help teachers adjust classroom practices and prepare students for transition to the new standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jul 2010

Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) Announces Release of the 21st Century Skills Map for the Arts

The core subject map—the result of a collaboration between P21 and leading art, dance, music, theater, and visual arts associations—provides first-of-their-kind classroom examples of integrating the 'four Cs' into arts courses.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2010

SIIA 2010 Survey Finds U.S. Move Toward Vision for K-20 Education Remains a Work in Progress

The year-over-year findings show that school and university progress in technology and e-learning is neither swift nor easy.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jul 2010

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Partners on Measures of Effective Teaching Project

Measures of Effective Teaching is a national effort to help educators and policymakers identify and support good teaching. As part of its involvement, NBPTS will utilize its National Board Standards and assessment processes to confidentially evaluate videos of classroom instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jun 2010

SIIA Releases Trends Report on K-12 and Postsecondary Education Technology

Authored by various members of the education industry, the report highlights industry shifts and emerging trends as they relate to five main topics: K-12 learning management systems, postsecondary learning management systems, online learning, state of the states, and mobile computing.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jun 2010

SIIA Announces Innovation Incubator Award Winners

Focusing on how critical innovation is to the future of the education industry, the SIIA Education Division narrowed the list of 28 applicants to 10 finalists and two alternates.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 May 2010

SIIA Announces CODiE Awards for Education Technology Industry

Twenty-seven winners from over 327 nominations have been recognized for industry excellence.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 May 2010

21st Century Learning Commons

For May 15, 2010: Want to brush up on Web 2.0 technology tools, gather ideas to use in your classroom, or add some professional development to your portfolio? Visit INFOhio's 21st Century Learning Commons.
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Association of Educational Publishers and Seek Videos to Share with AEP Conference Attendees

The "Teacher Video Challenge: Classrooms in the Digital Age" asks educators to submit videos featuring their thoughts and opinions on digital resources and classroom technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Apr 2010

Chautauqua Institution Launches Web-Based Learning Experience

For 2010, beginning on April 7, the In Depth web-based program will explore the Institution's Week Six (August 2-6) theme, "Excellence in Public Education."
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Apr 2010

H.W. Wilson to Transition OCLC Database Subscriptions from FirstSearch to WilsonWeb

H.W. Wilson and OCLC are working together to transition library subscriptions for H.W. Wilson databases provided on the OCLC FirstSearch service to the WilsonWeb platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2010

netTrekker and NSTA Partner to Offer Professional Development Resources to Improve K-12 Science Teaching

Through the partnership, schools and districts can purchase a package of professional development resources from the NSTA Learning Center along with their netTrekker subscription.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2010

PBS Seeks Entries for PBS Teachers Innovation Awards

PreK-12 educators can enter the PBS Teachers Innovation Awards program through March 12 for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes trip to the premier annual PBS event and other prizes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2010

SIIA, JDL Horizons Launch the Vision K-20 Video Portal

The platform will enable easy sharing of educator-generated success stories on technology use in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Jan 2010

AASL Votes to Adopt the Professional Title 'School Librarian'

The AASL Affiliate Assembly requested that the AASL Board of Directors choose a title for its professionals that is clear to other educators, administrators, and the public, and that presents a common nomenclature for all publications and advocacy efforts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2010

SIIA Announces Opening of 2010 Vision K-20 Survey

Sponsored by the organization's Education Division, the Vision K-20 Survey gives educational institutions an opportunity to take a short, online survey to evaluate their current technology use.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jan 2010

Free Resources: ALSC's Exceptional Web Site for Children List

From Gary Price's ResourceShelf: An entry noting additions to the Association for Library Services to Children's list of recommended sites, Great Web Sites for Kids.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Dec 2009

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Releases State Implementation Guides

The guides offer best practices on building standards, assessments, curriculum and instruction, professional development, and learning environments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Nov 2009

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Releases MILE Guide

The Milestones for Improving Learning and Education Guide is a tool designed to help practitioners evaluate their 21st Century skills initiatives.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Nov 2009

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Gains Signatories to National Action Agenda

More than 200 schools, districts, states, organizations and businesses have signed the National Action Agenda on 21st Century Skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2009

New ISTE Book Shows Educators How to Harness the Power of Podcasting

“Student-Powered Podcasting: Teaching for 21st-Century Literacy” defines what podcasts are and explains why they are important to students. The book leads Mac and PC users through tutorials on the audio editing programs GarageBand and Audacity, taking them through an entire project from start to finish.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Sep 2009

Cool Links: Launches Today With Numerous Features

We ran the Library of Congress announcement on the launch of in this space a couple of days ago. Today, we note that Gary Price's ResourceShelf has a posting discussing the site and service to coincide with its actual launch. It's full of great information, as, of course, is the site itself.
News/Cool Links - Posted 26 Sep 2009

Free Resources: Library of Congress' New Multimedia Website Aimed at Readers

The site,, will include an exclusive episodic story called “The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Sep 2009

ITI Cross Links: Anti Google Book Settlement Organizations Band Together in Open Book Alliance

Information Today, Inc.'s news editor Paula Hane is monitoring and reporting on the Google book settlement and proceeding relating to it. (From Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 28 Aug 2009

AASL Announces Inaugural Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, a list honoring the top 25 internet sites for enhancing learning and curriculum development, is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jul 2009

NECC News: SIIA Survey Finds U.S. Making Some Progress Toward the Vision K-20 for Technology-Rich Schools and Universities

The findings reinforce the need for increased investment, leadership, and support to ensure the nation's educational system can innovate and compete.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2009

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Announces Winners of 21st Century Skills Practice of the Year Award

Iowa, Kansas, Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin have been recognized for incorporating knowledge and 21st Century Skills into their classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2009

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills Hosts Interactive, Live Cyber Summit for Education Stakeholders

The summit, which will take place solely online, affords education, policy, civic, community, and business leaders the opportunity to interact with one another and discuss important education reform initiatives. The Cyber Summit leads up to the National Education Summit on 21st Century Skills, which will take place on June 12 in Washington, D.C.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2009

SIIA's Education Division Recognizes 'Technology Standouts' During Its Innovation Incubator Program

The 12 new offerings were showcased during 2009 Ed Tech Industry Summit in San Francisco
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 May 2009

CoSN Releases Study, 'Leadership for Web 2.0 in Education: Promise and Reality'

The new study underscores the importance of aligning the realities of the classroom with school leaders' positive outlook on Web 2.0 for learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 May 2009

Using Games and Simulations in the Classroom

A new, free white paper—"Best Practices for Using Games & Simulations in the Classroom"—that tackles the practical challenges teachers face when they use video games was released this past February by the Software & Information Industry Association's Education Division. In this article, Lee Wilson, the author of the paper and the co-chair of the working group that produced it, summarizes, excerpts from, and describes the main points of the report.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

ISTE Announces Second Edition of Videoconferencing for K-12 Classrooms: A Program Development Guide

Videoconferencing for K–12 Classrooms serves as a guide to setting up new interactive videoconferencing programs and improving existing ones. The book shows educators how to use interactive videoconferencing to connect to classrooms anywhere in the world, take virtual field trips to otherwise unreachable places, and integrate supplemental resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Apr 2009

ISTE Announces Publication of Making Technology Standards Work for You Second Edition

The updated ISTE book for administrators shows how to leverage technology to improve student learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2009

New ISTE Book Explores Videoconferencing in the Classroom

Interactive Videoconferencing focuses on integrating videoconferencing with teachers' standards-based lessons to enhance learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Mar 2009

AASL Launches New Web Site

New features of the web site include two new sections – Standards & Guidelines and Research & Statistics – that hold AASL's most sought-after tools, “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner” and results from the School Libraries Count! longitudinal study.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Feb 2009 Joins the Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The Partnership brings together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to define a vision for 21st century education to ensure every child's success as citizens and workers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Feb 2009

CoSN Webcast: How Technology Transforms Learning

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers the fourth installment in its 2008-2009 Internet & Education Webcast series with “Long Tail Learners: How Technology Transforms Learning” on Jan. 21, 1-2 p.m., Eastern Time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2009’s EasyTech Earns ISTE Seal of Alignment for NETS-S 2007

The Seal assures educators that a product or resource is in alignment with ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), refreshed in 2007 to emphasize 21st century skills. Nearly all states use NETS for Students (NETS-S) in their curriculum planning and assessment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jan 2009

dana boyd to Keynote AASL National Conference

danah boyd, an internationally recognized authority on online social networking sites, will open the American Association of School Librarians 14th annual national conference and exhibition with a keynote presentation on Nov. 5, 2009 in Charlotte, NC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2008

SIIA Education Division Names 2009 Board of Directors

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Education Division named its new Board of Directors for 2009.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Nov 2008

ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children Announces Exceptional Web Sites for Children

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added Web sites this fall to Great Web Sites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to commendable Web sites for children.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2008

ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children Announces “Great Interactive Software for Kids” List

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its Fall 2008 list of Great Interactive Software for Kids (GISK), which recognizes high-quality computer programs and digital media for children 14 years of age and younger.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Nov 2008

CoSN Launches “Green” Initiative

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) launched a Green Computing Leadership Initiative designed to help schools identify ways to reduce waste, save energy and promote sustainability.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Nov 2008

NSBA Survey Indicates School Districts Want the New Administration to Address 21st Century Skills

School districts noted that their biggest challenge is funding for technology (50 percent), closely followed by integrating technology into the classroom (40 percent). Twenty-nine percent of responding districts have explored or adopted open source technologies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Oct 2008

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Launches P21 Professional Development Affiliate Program

The new program is intended to increase the capacity of practitioners to embed 21st century skills into classroom practices.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2008

CoSN Launches 2008-2009 Webcast Series

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) launches its fourth annual professional development Webcast series on Oct. 15.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Oct 2008

NSBA Center For Public Ed Receives Pew Grant

The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Center for Public Education (CPE) received a two year $447,000 grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to build upon an initiative to engage school boards in support of high quality voluntary pre-Kindergarten education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Oct 2008

ISTE and CoSN Issue Joint Statement Hailing Passage of Internet Safety Education Legislation

The update to the Children's Internet Protection Act requires schools participating in the E-Rate program to educate students regarding appropriate behavior on social networking and chat room sites and about cyberbullying—an approach ISTE and CoSN have advocated for many years.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Oct 2008

Banned Books Week 2008

Welcome to Banned Books Week—Sept. 27 to Oct. 4, 2008.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Sep 2008

Authors/Illustrators Selected for AASL "Knowledge Quest" Columns

The American Association of School Librarians and the Children’s Book Council released the names of the contributors selected for the AASL Knowledge Quest journal’s “Meet the Author/Illustrator” column during the 2008-2009 school year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Sep 2008

Children’s Way Foundation’s “Every Kid Votes” Campaign Launches

The “Every Kid Votes” program aims to organize and mobilize 2.5 million grade-schoolers to participate in the voting process.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2008

Tabula Digita, Monsanto Fund, and ISTE to Develop Multiplayer, Interactive Science Video Game

The immersive educational game is intended to make learning science interesting, exciting, and fun for elementary school students, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Sep 2008

PSA Takes Ed Tech to the Campaign Trail

Four leading education and education technology associations launched a print and radio public service announcement (PSA) campaign that asks the presidential candidates to make K-12 student access to education technology and modern learning environments a national priority.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Sep 2008

Free Resources: CoSN IT Disaster Recovery Checklist

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) provides a free online “Disaster Recovery Checklist.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 Aug 2008

Free Resources: AASL Offers More than $45,000 in 2009 Awards Program

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 2009 awards program includes more than $45,000 in funding for awards to AASL members.
News/Free Resources - Posted 11 Aug 2008

2009 AASL School Library Media Program of the Year Award: Applications Now Available

The 2009 application for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National School Library Media Program of the Year award is now available online.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Aug 2008

AASL Board Approves L4L Program

The Board of Directors of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) approved the development of a new program designed to help gain attention for AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jul 2008

Free Resources: State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) K-12 Content Available Through iTunes U

Arizona, Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Utah, along with school districts, museums, and other educational institutions are now sharing resources not only for K-12 educators in their own states, but for teachers around the world.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 Jul 2008

ISTE Publishes New Version of Technology Standards for Teachers

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) releases the second edition of National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS*T) this month.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jul 2008

Partnership for 21st Century Skills and National Council for the Social Studies Create Framework for Integrating 21st Century Skills into Social Studies Curriculum

The 21st Century Skills and Social Studies Map is the first in a series of core content maps designed for educators, administrators and policymakers. Other maps will be available for mathematics, English, geography, and science throughout 2008 and 2009.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jul 2008

CoSN Names 2008 Board of Directors

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) announced its new Board of Directors for 2008. The Board is made up of 18 public and private sector education technology leaders.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2008

Software & Information Industry Association Announces Vision K-20 Initiative to Help Students Succeed in Global Marketplace

Noting that American students use 21st Century technologies in their personal lives everyday to learn, create content, and communicate with peers, SIIA education companies worked together to develop the Vision as a guide for educational institutions to implement technology district and campus-wide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Mar 2008

Innovative Learning Conference 2008 Seeks Speakers

The Innovative Learning Conference, presented by CUE and FETC, issued a call for speakers for the Innovative Learning Conference 2008 (ILC 2008) taking place Oct. 14 – 16, 2008 in San Jose, CA.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Feb 2008

ISTE Publishes New Book on Project-Based Learning

Reinventing Project Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age offers educators a practical guide for maximizing the benefits of project-based learning in today’s technology-rich learning environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jan 2008

UNESCO Launches Technology Competency Standards for Teachers

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will launch the ICT Competency Standards for Teachers at the World Ministerial Seminar in London on Jan. 8.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2008

AASL Releases Report on First Longitudinal Study

The American Association of School Libraries (AASL) released the results of its first longitudinal survey for school library media specialists, titled School Libraries Count!
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jan 2008

IMLS Issues Study on Youth Programs in Museums and Libraries

The study, which is part of IMLS’s initiative, Museums and Libraries Engaging America’s Youth, examined Institute-funded programs for youth aged 9-19 and surveyed nearly 400 museum and library programs about their goals, strategies, impact, and outcomes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jan 2008

ALA To Announce Top Children/Teen Literary Awards Live Online

The American Library Association (ALA) will provide a free live Webcast of its national announcement of the top books, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, King, Newbery, and Printz awards—on Jan. 14 at 7:45 a.m., eastern time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Dec 2007

CoSN Announces Annual School Networking Conference

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) will hold its 13th annual conference March 9-11 in Washington, D.C.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Dec 2007

Free Resources: CoSN's Small District Tech Leader Wiki

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers a free Small School District Technology Leadership wiki created with support from the U.S. Department of Education.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Nov 2007

Open Learning Exchange Launches Global Content Library to Support U.N. Goal of Universal Basic Education by 2015

The organization is moving ahead with its Billion Kids Library following the launch of a center in Nepal and the announcement of the first annual conference in London in early 2008.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2007

YALSA Announces Avatar Contest

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, invites librarians to showcase their creativity and their library’s technology resources in a “Create Your Own Avatar” contest.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Nov 2007

"Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" Launched During AASL National Conference

AASL hopes that these standards will provide a foundation for a strong library media program in every school, where students will research expertly, think critically, problem-solve well, read enthusiastically, and use information ethically.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Oct 2007

ISTE Offers Book on Differentiating Instruction with Technology

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released “Differentiating Instruction with Technology in K-5 Classrooms,” a book written by Grace E. Smith and Stephanie Throne.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Oct 2007

New Book From ISTE Explores Education Potential of Web 2.0, Social Networking

Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools, by Lynn Schrum and Gwen Solomon, provides a comprehensive overview of the emerging Web 2.0 technologies and their use in the classroom and in professional development.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2007

CoSN Seeks Award Nominations

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is accepting online nominations for three awards—the Withrow Award for Educators, the TEAM Award and the Excellence in Public Service Award.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Oct 2007

Free Resources: Media Education Kit Published by UNESCO

Some of the questions addressed by the kit are as follows: What should Media education be like? Who should provide it? How should it be included in a curriculum? Beyond schools, do families have a say in the matter?
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Oct 2007

HP, Microsoft, UNICEF Launch Distance Learning Program for Displaced Children

The Clinton Global Initiative announced that UNICEF has teamed with Microsoft, HP and the International Rescue Committee to launch a new $30 million distance learning initiative that will help 150,000 displaced children, including children affected by the Iraq conflict and children in the occupied Palestinian territories.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 2007

ISTE Publishes New Edition of NET*S

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) recently released the second edition of its National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NET*S).
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Sep 2007

ISTE Seeks Proposals for National Educational Computing Conference

The International Society for Technology in Education (NECC) is seeking proposals for the juried portion of the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), to be held June 29 - July 2, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Aug 2007

CoSN Announces New Webcasts on Top Ed Tech Trends

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) presents a new Internet & Education Webcast series for the coming school year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Aug 2007

NSBA Releases Study on Student and School District Internet Use

Nearly all students with online access—96 percent—use social networking technologies such as chatting, text messaging, blogging, and online communities such as Facebook, MySpace, and Webkinz, according to a new study released by the National School Boards Association and Grunwald Associates LLC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Aug 2007

YALSA Examines Studies on Youth and Library Use

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, recently turned the spotlight on two recent surveys that illustrate progress in staffing and use of library services for young adults.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Aug 2007

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Releases Updated Framework for 21st Century Learning

The new framework provides states with a comprehensive guide to develop 21st century educational outcomes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Aug 2007

Free Resources: “ISTE Island” in Second Life

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) now offers a center for networking and collaboration on its own virtual “island” in the Second Life multi-user virtual environment (MUVE).
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Jul 2007

Former MultiMedia Schools Editor Ferdi Serim Named to ISTE Board

Ferdi Serim, a former editor of Multimedia & Internet @Schools magazine, is among the new Board members of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Jul 2007

CoSN Calls for 2008 Annual Conference Presentations

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is accepting presentation proposals for its 13th annual K-12 School Networking Conference until August 24, 2007.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jul 2007

CYBERBEE: E-News Updates

Many organizations are distributing free newsletters with timely articles and links to valuable resources. Joining a mailing list or RSS feed is easy and convenient, and it's a timesaver when you want the latest news about innovative technology and practical ideas for integrating it into your classroom. This month, Cyberbee directs you to a selected mix of educational technology newsletters and RSS feeds to investigate.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

CoSN Case Studies: The Value of Ed Tech Investment

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released two new case studies, illustrating how school districts in Iowa and Wisconsin measured and assessed the costs and benefits of planned technology projects.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2007

ISTE Ed Tech Standards: The Next Generation

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) unveiled an update to its National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS*S) at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2007

COSN Releases 2007 Compendium on Technology Issues

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released its 2007 Compendium, an annual collection of monographs on the key issues facing K-12 education technology leaders.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Jun 2007

Free Resources: ISTE Releases Digital Equity Report

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released an examination of issues related to digital equity in education including equal access to technology, resources and services.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Jun 2007

Futurist Andrew Zolli to Moderate NECC Roundtable on Creativity and Innovation in Education

The panel discussion brings together a mix of creative and educational experts with the specific goal of uncovering and illuminating the global importance of engaging the spirit of innovation in students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2007

Alliance for a Media Literate America Presents the National Media Education Conference 2007

The comprehensive professional development conference for media educators will take place June 22-26 in St. Louis, offering over 75 workshops, panels, and peer networking opportunities, as well as presentations by media literacy experts from the United States, England, Canada, Australia, China, and Japan.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2007

AASL 2007 Awards Recipients

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, announced the 2007 recipients of its annual awards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jun 2007

CoSN Hosts Local EdTech Clinics

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is offering a series of professional development training clinics for school district technology leaders. The sessions will be held in Texas, Georgia and California.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 May 2007

YALSA Offers Online Courses

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering four online courses this summer.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2007

CoSN Webcast on Open Source Implementation

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers a May 16 webcast titled “Implementing Open Source in K-12,” the latest installment in the organization’s 2006-2007 Internet & Education professional development webcast series.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 May 2007

Cool Links: YALSA Launches Teen Read Week 2007 Web Site

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, launched its Teen Read Week 2007 web site,, which includes a variety of benefits for early registration.
News/Cool Links - Posted 29 Apr 2007

Joint Statement of CoSN, ISTE, SETDA on New U.S. ED Study on Software Effectiveness

The three organizations urge readers to scrutinize the findings carefully, as even the Department states that the study “was not designed to assess the effectiveness of educational technology across its entire spectrum of uses ... ”
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Apr 2007

SIIA Statement on DOE Report, “National Study of Educational Technology Interventions”

Following the release of the “National Study of Educational Technology Interventions” report by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act, SIIA, the principal association of the software and digital content industry, released this statement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Apr 2007

NSTA/Vernier Technology Award Winners

Seven educators nationwide are the recipients of the Vernier/National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Technology Award honors.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Mar 2007

Creative Commons Launches New Education Initiative

CC Learn, a new division of the non-profit organization with the mission of bringing “balance, compromise, and moderation” to the nation’s copyright system, is intended to extend the work Creative Commons has been doing to support open educational material and repositories—kindergarten through lifelong learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Mar 2007

TIGed Take Your Classroom Global Contest! Announced

The competition is designed to promote technology-rich global learning from students and educators around the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2007

Participate in AASL's "School Libraries Count" Survey

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is gathering data for a longitudinal survey of school library media programs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Feb 2007

Free Resources: ISTE's Online EdTech Career Center

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) now offers an online career center focused on educational technology positions.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Jan 2007

HP EdTech Grant Reviewers Needed

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), in partnership with HP Philanthropy and Education, is looking for grant reviewers for the 2007 HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jan 2007

Cool Links: EIA Provides Electronics Recycling Tips

The Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) offers an online resource with information on an array of local and national options available for donating, selling, or recycling used electronic equipment.
News/Cool Links - Posted 29 Dec 2006

YALSA Unveils New Electronic Discussion List

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, announced the launch of a new open discussion list, YA-MUSIC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Dec 2006

Gates Foundation Expands Global Libraries Initiative

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced the expansion of its Global Libraries Initiative with grants to Botswana, Latvia, and Lithuania to ensure that people in those countries have access to the latest information and training available via computers and the Internet.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Dec 2006

Cool Links: ALA’s Banned Books Bracelets

For the librarian who has everything, this holiday season take a look at the Banned Books Bracelets available from the American Library Association’s (ALA) online store at
News/Cool Links - Posted 14 Dec 2006

COSN Launches State Chapters in GA, LA, NM

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) recently launched state chapters in Georgia, Louisiana and New Mexico.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Nov 2006

The Schools Interoperability Framework Association Releases New Version of SIF Implementation Specification

SIFA has also released its first version of the SIF Web Service Reporting Specification, version 1.0.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Oct 2006

CoSN Launches New Internet & Education Professional Development Webcast Series

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) recently announced the lineup for its 2006-2007 series of Internet & Education webcasts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Oct 2006

AMLA Seeks Proposals for “iPods, Blogs, and Beyond” Sessions

The Alliance for a Media Literate America (AMLA) is accepting session proposals for its 2007 National Media Education Conference, “iPods, Blogs, and Beyond: Evolving Media Literacy for the 21st Century,” to be held June 24-26 in St. Louis, MO.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Oct 2006

CoSN Launches Value of Investment in Technology Program

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers a new leadership initiative, Value of Investment (VOI) for ed tech.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Oct 2006

Scholastic and the National Association of Secondary School Principals Collaborate on Foundations of Adolescent Literacy Program

Scholastic Red Professional Development has released the suite of online courses for secondary school educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 2006

Free Resources: Instructional Classification Toolkit for School Library Media Specialists

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, published a set of new advocacy tools developed to address the issue of the categorization of school library media specialists as “non-instructional.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 27 Aug 2006

Free Resources: AASL Announces New Reading Grant

The American Association of School Libraries (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, has launched the AASL Innovative Reading Grant.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Aug 2006

ISTE Publishes 1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work

ISTE’s new book is a comprehensive guide for planning, implementing, and managing successful laptop programs in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Aug 2006

Free Resources: Toolkit from ETS and SETDA to Help Educators Leverage Data

“Using Data for School Reform” is one component of SETDA’s 2006 Leadership Summit Toolkit.
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 Aug 2006

National Federation of the Blind Shows Prototype TouchBook with Digital Capabilities

The book, “Touch the Earth,” demonstrates how a paper-based Braille book with tactile images can be connected to supplemental digital content stored on a computer through the touch of a page.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Jul 2006

CoSN Calls for Presentations for 2007 Conference in San Francisco

More than half of all student-used computing devices will be mobile by the year 2011 and online learning will grow at a compound annual rate of 26 percent over the next five years, according to a new study of the top 2,500 U.S. school districts sponsored by Discovery Education and Pearson Education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2006

Negroponte Shows $100 Laptop at NECC

Nicholas Negroponte, chairman emeritus of the MIT Media Lab, presented the first public demonstration of the latest prototype of the $100 laptop at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in San Diego this month.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jul 2006

Final Report of the ALA Task Force on School Libraries

In the July/August issue of MMIS, Katherine Lowe wrote about the work of the ALA Task Force on School Libraries and its preliminary report, in The Work of the ALA Task Force on School Libraries. In that article we promised an online update on the Task Force’s Final Report, which was due just as Katherine’s article was to appear in print. That final report has been completed, and Katherine has been kind enough to supply this story and links to the report itself.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Jul 2006

CoSN Announces Online One-to-One Computing Resources

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) launched a new Web site for educators interested in learning more about states and school districts that have one-to-one computing initiatives underway.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jul 2006

The Work of the ALA Task Force on School Libraries [Available Full-Text, Free]

Students do better academically in schools that have good libraries, but reports of the elimination of school librarians and library programs keep surfacing. This and other negative trends led the ALA to respond to “the urgent need to support and maintain school library programs and certified school librarians” by forming a Special Task Force on School Libraries last year. Read about the work that’s been accomplished in Task Force member Katherine Lowe’s article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

Laura Bush Announces More Than $20 Million in Librarian Recruitment and Education Grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The grants are designed to help offset a current shortage of school library media specialists, library school faculty, and librarians working in underserved communities, as well a looming shortage of library directors and other senior librarians.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2006

CoSN Launches K-12 Open Technologies Web Site

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers a new Web site-- --designed to raise awareness among K-12 education technology decision makers about the use of open technologies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jun 2006

AASL Seeks Program and Exploratorium Proposals

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is accepting requests for program and Exploratorium proposals for the 13th National Conference and Exhibition, “The Future Begins @ your library.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jun 2006

Net Neutrality and the U.S. Senate

Keep an eye on the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, June 13, as it holds hearings on “net neutrality,” the concept that Internet content should be uniformly and freely accessible without interference from Internet service providers (ISPs).
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2006

2006 ISTE Outstanding Teacher and Leader Awards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) named Rick Robb of Clarksville, Maryland, USA, as the ISTE 2006 Outstanding Teacher and Lindy McKeown of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, as the ISTE 2006 Outstanding Leader.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Jun 2006

SIGTel Online Learning Award Winners

Jodie Prazak of Piitoayis Family School and Jennifer George of Prince of Wales School, both of Calgary, Alberta (Canada), are the first place winners of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2006 SIGTel Online Learning Awards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 May 2006

PLATO Inspired Education Award Winners

L.E.A.D.S. Academy in the San Diego Unified School District (CA) and Nimitz Ninth Grade School in the Aldine Independent School District (TX) are the recipients of the 2006 Inspired Education Award sponsored by PLATO Learning and the Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS).
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 May 2006

CoSN Symposium for Ed Tech Leaders

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the Texas K-12 CTO Council present the inaugural CoSN CTO Leadership Clinic, June 27-28 at the Sockwell Center, Plano ISD in Plano, Texas.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 May 2006

CoSN Joins Online Student Safety Partnership

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is participating in a new initiative designed to educate American teens about online safety.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 May 2006

April is School Library Media Month

School Library Media month continues the National Library Week celebration (April 2-8) throughout the month of April.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Apr 2006

ISTE Publishes Guide on Intelligent Mobile Device Use in Schools

Handheld Computers and Smartphones in Secondary Schools provides guidance and activities to help educators learn how to use this new technology effectively to meet curricular goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2006

TI Every Day Math Initiative Brings NUMB3RS to FETC

The program for the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) includes a closing session focused on the Texas Instruments “We Use Math Every Day” initiative, based on the popular CBS television series “NUMB3RS.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Feb 2006

ISTE Publishes NETS*S Resources for Student Assessment

The new book is a comprehensive guide for measuring students’ ability to use technology effectively for learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Feb 2006

iEARN, Daniel Pearl Foundation Launch Global Youth News Service for/by Secondary Students

PEARL (Prepare and Educate Aspiring Reporters for Leadership) World Youth News is an international news service with articles written, edited, and published by secondary school students from around the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Feb 2006

Intel to Train 10 Million Teachers in Developing Nations

Intel Corporation announced plans to train an additional 10 million teachers in developing nations during the next five years in the use of technology to advance learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Feb 2006

Nicholas Negroponte and Dewitt Jones Keynote ISTE’S NECC 2006

Technology guru Nicholas Negroponte and filmmaker Dewitt Jones will deliver keynote presentations at the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) 2006 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in San Diego in July.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2006

ALA Midwinter News: Live Webcast of Top Children/Teen Literary Awards Announcement January 23

For the first time, the American Library Association will pilot a live Webcast of its national announcement of the top books and video for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, King, Newbery, and Printz awards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2006

First Technology Forum on STEM Instruction

The National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) held its first critical issues forum in December in Washington, D.C. to address the innovations in technology that can inspire the nation’s K-12 students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Dec 2005

AASL School Library Media Program of the Year Applications Available

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 2006 School Library Media Program of the Year award process is underway.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Nov 2005

FAS Hosts Summit on Educational Games

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) recently hosted a Summit on Educational Games in Washington, DC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Nov 2005

CDE and NSBA Name the Most Digitally Advanced School Boards

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) have identified the nation’s most digitally advanced school boards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Oct 2005

Cool Links: AASL/ACRL INFOLIT Discussion Group

We want to signal the existence of an interesting (almost) new discussion group “for school, academic, and public librarians to exchange ideas on information literacy programs and experiences that demonstrate a collaborative relationship between K-12 and higher education institutions.”
News/Cool Links - Posted 12 Oct 2005

Free Resources: S.O.S. for Information Literacy Launched at AASL

S.O.S. for Information Literacy is a dynamic, multimedia, Web-based, and freely accessible resource for K-8 library media specialists and classroom teachers that promises to make a significant contribution to enhancing the teaching of information literacy skills worldwide, according to the project organizers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Oct 2005

Free Resources: The Alliance Library System and TumbleBooks Launch Animated Online Book—“Why Libraries Matter: A Story Long Overdue”

The e-book book—latest in a series of initiatives in the Libraries Matter campaign—is available free to all public libraries and elementary schools in North America for use on their Web sites.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Oct 2005

Free Resources: Bringing Hurricane Katrina Into the Classroom, from the Alliance for a Media Literate America

The AMLA’s Web site offers “a basic set of media literacy activities and suggestions … for educators who want to help students analyze, understand, and cope with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 Sep 2005

ALA Finds DOE NCES Report Demonstrates Need for Funding School Library Programs

While the March 2005 report “Fifty Years of Supporting Children’s Learning: A History of Public School Libraries and Federal Legislation from 1953-2000” from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics shows gains to libraries, the American Library Association (ALA) sounds a cautionary note in a recent announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Aug 2005

ALA Announces New Task Force on School Libraries

The Special Task Force on School Libraries is charged with providing an overall assessment of the current state of school library service in America, based on existing data; identifying the most critical issues and trends affecting school libraries and school library media specialists; evaluating various options for responding to those issues; and making recommendations regarding practical strategies that the ALA can undertake to support and strengthen school library services nationwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jul 2005

AASL Presents 2005 Awards

The American Association of School Libraries (AASL) has announced the 2005 recipients of its annual awards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jul 2005

ISTE Publishes ‘Integrated Technologies, Innovative Learning: Insights from the PT3 Program'

ISTE’s new book is a collection of essays on exemplary projects from the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2005

Northwest Evaluation Association Announces Study on Effects of NCLB

The report indicates that student achievement has improved, but that the growth rate for that improvement has declined.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Apr 2005

School Library Advocacy Graduate Course for Administrators

Tell your school and district administrators about this online course, geared specifically to them, designed to help them learn how to support and maximize their schools' librarary programs to increase student achievement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2005

Call for Presenters for AASL’s Exploratorium

The American Association of School Librarians is currently accepting proposals for the Exploratorium, which will take place at the AASL National Conference and Exhibition in Pittsburgh next October.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Apr 2005

CoSN, MINDS, WebAIM Collaborate to Provide Streaming Videos for 2005 CoSN Conference

News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2005

Cool Links: All About ISBN-13

News/Cool Links - Posted 28 Feb 2005

ALA and Infopeople Offering Special Webcast—“Borrowing” Graphics or Text For Library Web Pages: Fair Play, and Fair Use

News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Feb 2005

AASL Joins Partnership for 21st Century Skills

News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Feb 2005

Literacy Through School Libraries grant technical assistance conference calls

News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Feb 2005

ISTE Announces Launch of Advocacy Toolkit Program

News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Feb 2005
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