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Horn, Michael B. – Education Next, 2016
The digital revolution occurring in schools has focused predominantly on online education in its various forms--including fully online courses, learning management systems, games, and mobile applications--to personalize learning and boost the performance of all students. Companies have been experimenting with technologies for years, yet these…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Technology Integration, Social Networks
Small, Dennis – Principal Leadership, 2011
Schools in Washington State had a smattering of computers that were used for instruction and were mostly disconnected from any network when the author joined the state's K-12 public education agency in 1989. It was clear that state educators needed to see beyond the dazzle of slide decks produced by seven-year-olds and reconceptualize the use of…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Technology Integration, Academic Standards, Educational Technology
Mason, Craig – Educational Facility Planner, 2010
The intersection of technology and the 21st Century learner has challenged many school districts to rethink their approach to the design of school facilities and the definition of "classroom." To strategically plan for the future, districts must not only consider facilities and curriculum, but understand a process of change that is…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Technology
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2010
America's K-12 education system faces three significant challenges: (1) increased global demands for skilled workers, (2) significant financial shortfalls, and (3) a looming teacher shortage. Independently, these factors present significant challenges for U.S. schools. In combination, they create a national imperative for swift action to create a…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Teacher Shortage, Skilled Workers
Clarke, Suzanne – Educational Research Service, 2009
Project-Based Learning (PBL) connects standards-based content to real-world scenarios through the use of projects to improve student achievement. By engaging students in authentic problems that do not have a predetermined solution, students learn both subject matter and critical 21st-century skills. This "Focus On" addresses what…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Problem Based Learning, Active Learning, Student Motivation
Derringer, Pam – Technology & Learning, 2009
Despite the last few years' growth in awareness of open-source software in schools and the potential savings it represents, its widespread adoption is still hampered. Randy Orwin, technology director of the Bainbridge Island School District in Washington State and a strong open-source advocate, cautions that installing an open-source…
Descriptors: School Districts, Barriers, Costs, Educational Trends
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Ramaswami, Rama – T.H.E. Journal, 2008
As technology grows more pervasive in education, the data recovery issues that school systems encounter are becoming increasingly problematic, as districts work to accommodate a range of concerns that do not encumber commercial businesses. State and federal laws often require schools to report on student populations and educational progress…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration
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Waters, John K. – T.H.E. Journal, 2007
When Anita Givens, who serves the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as the senior director for instructional materials and educational technology, first began teaching elementary school students to use computers back in the mid-1980s, there were few digital learning materials available and little demand for electronic textbooks. In fact, parents and…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Textbooks, Electronic Publishing, Publishing Industry
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Sedlacek, Nancy; Young, Jay A.; Acharya, Chetana; Botta, Dianne; Burbacher, Thomas M. – Science Teacher, 2005
This article describes the Youth Network for Healthy Communities (YNHC). YNHC is a teacher-driven project in Washington State. Through YNHC, students research environmental health issues in their communities and present their findings to other students throughout the state via videoconferencing. YNHC focuses on environmental health science in the…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Classroom Environment, Science Instruction, School Community Programs
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Carroll, David; Carney, Joanne – Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 2005
The Personal Perspectives multimedia project described in this article engages teacher candidates in examining and representing their cultural identity by means of Apple's iMovie software. This digital storytelling project was developed by the authors, who are instructors in elementary education and instructional technology at a state university…
Descriptors: Multimedia Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Multicultural Education, Cultural Awareness
Boyle, Martin – Washington State School Directors' Association, 2003
Of Washington State's 296 school districts, two-thirds have 2,000 or fewer students. These small school districts provide unique learning opportunities for Washington's children, but also present special challenges to achieving the higher standards called for in the state education reform bill and recent federal legislation. This report provides…
Descriptors: Small Schools, Public Schools, School Districts, Barriers