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Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2010
In its role helping the nation's schools connect to the Internet and other telecommunications services, the "E-rate" has been among the most consistent of federal programs. Funding for the "education rate" program has held at about $2.25 billion a year since it was created under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and it covers…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Educational Technology, Internet, Federal Legislation
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2009
Cellphone-savvy students have created instructional and disciplinary challenges for educators for years. But the recent emergence of "sexting" by adolescents over their mobile phones caught many school administrators off guard, and the practice is prompting efforts around the country to craft policy responses. Students' sharing of nude or…
Descriptors: Pornography, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Sexuality
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2009
Faced with concerns about Internet predators, cyberbullying, students' sharing of inappropriate content on social networks, and the abundance of sexually explicit or violent content online, many school leaders and technology directors are placing tighter restrictions on Web access to shield students from potential harm. Yet in Trussville and other…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Technology Uses in Education, Electronic Publishing
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2009
School administrators in California are getting greater flexibility in how they spend more than $300 million intended for instructional materials, along with encouragement to use some free digital textbooks for high school courses, as a result of cost-cutting measures brought on by the state's budget crisis. Extensive changes to the state's…
Descriptors: Textbooks, State Legislation, Instructional Materials, Educational Change
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2009
As it was conceived, the School of the Future was to be a study in contrast to the typical big-city high school. When the $62 million facility opened in 2006 with a relatively small student population, a computer-based curriculum delivered with the latest technology tools, and a unique partnership with corporate giant Microsoft, it set out to…
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Improvement, Urban Schools, School Business Relationship
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2009
With scant research on the efficacy of social-networking tools such as Twitter, and few clear insights into the best (and worst) uses for them, there is little agreement among researchers and educators about how or whether Twitter-like technologies could or should be used in schools. This article discusses how teachers can use this popular…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Researchers, Teachers, Technology Uses in Education
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2009
As Florida school districts scramble to meet a looming state mandate to offer full-time online instruction for K-8 students, and as high school enrollments in such courses continue to climb, lawmakers are mulling restrictions and budget cuts for the state's nationally known virtual school. Together, online-learning advocates say, the growing…
Descriptors: High Schools, Class Size, School Districts, Electronic Learning
Cavanagh, Sean; Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2009
Almost every time the results of an international test of student achievement are released to the world, the reaction among the American public and policymakers is like that of a parent whose child just brought home a disappointing report card. Elected officials and academic experts question where U.S. students fell short: Was it their curriculum,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Scores, Foreign Countries, Comparative Education
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2009
Whether in the business center of Sydney and its suburbs to the east, in the mining and agricultural communities of the remote Kimberley region in the northwest, or elsewhere, most of Australia's 3.3 million K-12 students share the customary features of schooling--from physical structures to academic schedules. The content also has a common…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Parents
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2008
At a time when many teenagers are consumed by such activities as text-messaging, blogging, and social networking, more middle and high school students than in the past have mastered the formal "basic" writing skills needed to express ideas or share information, national assessment results released last week show. But just small proportions--33…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Grade 8, Writing Skills, Grade 12
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2008
This article describes how some teachers such as Gamal Sherif are turning to electronic resources to capture students' interest in the election. Sherif, who teaches history and science at the Science Leadership Academy, a public school in Philadelphia, said "the technology is fun and helpful, but it's also a tool one can use to get a better…
Descriptors: Elections, Political Campaigns, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2008
The infusion of "social justice" concepts into the curriculum is a decades-old approach that has drawn in a new generation of educators, often those who teach large numbers of low-income and minority students. The diffuse movement to address social issues, historical conflicts, and multicultural viewpoints that have not been part of the…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Educational Methods, Critical Theory, Disadvantaged
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2008
This article reports on the results of a study undertaken by the U.S. Department of Education on the impact of the Reading First program, which offer little insight into which parts of the program are worth saving and which need revamping. The study found that the $6 billion spent on the program has helped students with basic decoding but not with…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Politics of Education, Grants
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2008
Daily lessons at the Learning Gate Community School often tap the wonders of nature on the 27-acre campus, with its open fields and overgrown orange groves, and a treehouse overlooking an idyllic pond. Educators at Learning Gate say the outdoor classrooms and lessons are a balm for many of the ills that can hinder students' physical and mental…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Health Promotion, Child Health, Community Schools
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2008
This article reports that educators are still searching for the right blend of academic and developmental strategies for middle school students. More than a decade after a prominent group of middle-grades reformers set out to infuse higher academic standards into what critics deemed the touchy-feely world of middle schools, many teachers are still…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Motivation Techniques, Student Motivation
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