Digital Directions October 2008: K12 Inc. Scraps India Outsourcing
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A company that runs one of the nation’s largest networks of online schools has discontinued a program that arranged for U.S. high school teachers to send their students’ English essays to India. (Education Week)
To remain internationally competitive, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills argues that schools must teach innovation and cultural competency. (Education Week)
A much-anticipated commercial computer game about evolution is getting a favorable response from some scholars, even though a few of its features sacriﬁce strict scientific accuracy to fun. (Education Week)
The Discovery Educator Network offers hundreds of webinars, blogs, meetings, and workshops to help explain and show how various devices and applications work and ways to adapt them to the curriculum. (Education Week)
"Digital media, well deployed, can have enormous educational impact almost immediately," say James Paul Gee and Michael H. Levine. (Education Week)
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|>> Audio Q&A_Expert Perspective ||TOP|
Sarah O'Brien, outreach director for EPEAT, recently talked with Digital Directions Senior Writer Michelle R. Davis about her organization and its mission to help purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare, and select desktop computers, digital notebooks, and monitors based on their environmental attributes. (Digital Directions)
|>> IT Management_Bandwidth Needs ||TOP|
Many school districts are struggling to provide enough broadband to handle bandwidth-heavy applications like videos, and experts say the demand will only increase as new technologies are revealed. (Digital Directions)
|>> e-Curriculum_Math and Science ||TOP|
|>> Click It_Go-To Sites ||TOP|
|+ Top Picks for October|
• A resource for teachers on how to set up a wiki
• Educational resources organized into searchable subject areas
|Click here to check out past go-to sites including resources to help schools with bandwidth needs, online resources and listservs for ed-tech leaders, and a Web site about technology's role in project-based learning.|
|>> Gadgets & Games_Elementary School Robotics ||TOP|
|>> New Blog_Digital Education ||TOP|
|Education Week and Digital Directions have launched a new blog, written by reporters Andrew Trotter and Katie Ash, that aims to provide news updates, solutions, and analysis to help ed-tech leaders and others address the technological challenges they face today.|| |
|+ Senior Director, Office of English Language Learners, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA |
|Online Teaching and Learning|
Susan Patrick, the president and chief executive officer of the North American Council for Online Learning; Julie Young, the president and chief executive officer of the Florida Virtual School; and Cheryl Vedoe, the president and chief executive officer of Apex Learning answered questions about online teaching and learning.
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