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Young, Jeffrey R. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
The spread of a seemingly playful alternative to traditional diplomas, inspired by Boy Scout achievement patches and video-game power-ups, suggests that the standard certification system no longer works in today's fast-changing job market. Educational upstarts across the Web are adopting "badges" to certify skills and abilities. If scouting…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Labor Market, Credentials
Guerry, Richard – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
Most discussions about keeping kids safe online center around two issues: (1) With the rapid development and dissemination of digital technology, how can we stay ahead of what our students are doing?; and (2) What controls are available to prevent students from visiting inappropriate sites? These are reasonable questions, but they ignore two…
Descriptors: Internet, Accountability, Bullying, Computers
Goldsborough, Reid – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
If one buys a new PC, laptop, or netbook computer today, it probably comes preloaded with Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition. This is a significantly limited, advertising-laden version of Microsoft's suite of productivity programs, Microsoft Office. This continues the trend of PC makers providing ever more crippled versions of Microsoft's…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Educational Technology, Computers, Users (Information)
Collins, Hilton – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
No matter how many car washes or bake sales schools host to raise money, adding funds to their coffers is a recurring problem. This perpetual financial difficulty makes expansive technology purchases or changes seem like a pipe dream for school CIOs and has education technologists searching for ways to stretch money. In 2005, state K-12 school…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Information Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Libraries
Strom, Paris; Strom, Robert – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
The Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California surveys 2,000 households each year to find out how online technology affects Internet users. Findings in the latest report show social networks are increasing and a majority of users report feeling as strongly about their communities online as their real-world communities.…
Descriptors: Health Behavior, Internet, Social Change, Social Networks
Gordon, Dan – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
More districts realize that communicating in a clear and engaging way with stakeholders about everything from the district's overall education vision to scholastic and extracurricular success stories can go a long way toward enlisting broad community support. And although face-to-face communications are still important, technology provides a…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Stakeholders, Internet, Communications
McCollum, Sean – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
As most educators know, there is a lot more to addressing the so-called "digital divide" than having enough working machines in classrooms. Effective information technology (IT) in schools requires useful software, reliable and speedy Internet access, effective teacher training, and well-considered goals with transformative outcomes. Educators who…
Descriptors: Internet, Information Technology, Educational Technology, Access to Computers
Todoric, Mary E. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Rarely does a day go by when one doesn't hear or read something relating to digital communication and school. Whether it's referencing cell phones, email, Facebook, texting, blogs, or Twitter, this constant barrage of messages in the media makes it clear that electronic communications are in the forefront of students' lives. They are also an…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, School Districts, Internet
Haskvitz, Alan – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
The teaching profession has long been thought of as recession proof. Indeed, that may have been one of the reasons why teachers took far lower starting salaries right out of college. Perhaps the greatest common feature of teachers, besides their desire to serve society in a humanitarian way, may be the lack of risk-taking the occupation previously…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Parent School Relationship, Job Layoff, Risk
Rich, Sarah – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
When low-income students returned to Chicago public schools this fall, many had better access to technology, thanks to a public-private partnership. Chicago families with children enrolled in the National School Lunch Program are eligible for subsidized computers and Internet connections through an agreement between the city and telecom giant…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Urban Schools, School Business Relationship, Partnerships in Education
Waters, John K. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
The vulnerability and inefficiency of backing up data on-site is prompting school districts to switch to more secure, less troublesome cloud-based options. District auditors are pushing for a better way to back up their data than the on-site, tape-based system that had been used for years. About three years ago, Hendrick School District in…
Descriptors: Information Storage, School Districts, Computer Storage Devices, Internet
Blankenship, Mark – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Interactive, community-focused online tools--like Skype, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, wikis, and the educational software Blackboard--are becoming so dominant in the classroom that it's hard to imagine any professor or student making it through a week without them. Consider a recent survey conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group in…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Internet, Web Sites, Educational Resources
Holladay, Jennifer – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
The word "cyberbullying" didn't even exist a decade ago, yet the problem is pervasive today. Simply put, cyberbullying is the repeated use of technology to harass, humiliate, or threaten. When people take to the keyboard or cell phone and craft messages of hate or malice about a specific person, cyberbullying is emerging. And unlike…
Descriptors: Discipline, Computers, Handheld Devices, Middle Schools
Kingston, Mary – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities unanimously expressed concern for the growing trend in cyberbullying during a hearing last June 24. The event, which featured National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) board member Barbara-Jane Paris and other witnesses, including TV personality Dr. Phil…
Descriptors: Bullying, Safety, Cooperation, Federal Government
Katims, Lauren – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Last year, kindergarten through high school students in the rural Hector, Arkansas, School District barely had the technology resources that keep kids interested in math and science. This year, they potentially have the most advanced resources in the country--before they even step into the classroom. One school bus in Arkansas' Pope County has…
Descriptors: School Buses, Mobile Classrooms, Internet, Teaching Methods
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