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Old 06-04-2009, 07:51 AM
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Default Digital Directions June 2009: Okla. District Earns Praise For Its Use of Data Systems

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Digital Directions June 2009
>> edTech @ Work TOP
Long before it was on the national agenda, data was the name of the game in Western Heights, Okla. (Education Week)
The U.S. Department of Education gathering came as the Obama administration proposed deep ed-tech program cuts for fiscal 2010. (Education Week)
Districts examine their plans for how they would educate students during extended school closures. (Education Week)
J.H. Snider writes, "Federal, state, and local education checkbooks should all be made available online in a single, standardized format using so-called semantic Web technologies." (Education Week)
>> Audio Q&A_Expert Advice TOP
Check out the audio Q&A archives, with over a dozen interviews with ed-tech experts discussing the latest technological issues facing schools today.

E-Education's Role in Tough Times
How Ed Tech Can Help Fire Up the Economy
Ed-Tech's Role in a Competitive World
>> IT Management_VoIP Systems TOP
Schools are switching to Voice-over-Internet Protocol, or VoIP, telephone technologies, but many are finding it still pays to have analog lines in place as a backup. (Digital Directions)
>> e-Curriculum_Digital Books TOP
California will offer free, open-source digital textbooks under a plan unveiled by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Education Week)
>> Click It_Go-To Sites TOP
EPA Teaching Center: This site contains a number of online resources for teaching about the environment.

History Now: This online periodical serves as a go-to resource for any middle or high school history teacher.
Click here to check out past Go-To Sites including resources to help teachers create online videos, a site that helps guide prospective college students through campuses, and cyberbullying curricula.
>> Gadgets & Games_American History TOP
The Florida Virtual School has just launched a new game-based online American History course. The game, called Conspiracy Code, is an espionage-themed course-long game that will count for a full credit of American History.

Check out the Digital Education blog for more information about this story as well as solutions and analyses for the technological challenges you face today.
>> TechTalk TOP
Chat Transcript: Online Credit Recovery
Under pressure to raise graduation rates and better serve students at risk of falling behind or dropping out, a growing number of districts are turning to online courses as a means of helping them meet academic credit requirements. But some critics are concerned that online credit-recovery options run the risk of shuffling students out the door without conferring the full value of a high school education. In this chat, our guests discussed the benefits and challenges associated with online credit-recovery options.
Upcoming Chat: Learning Science in Informal Settings
Tuesday, June 9, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time

Join an interactive online conversation to explore research findings showing that experiences in informal settings can play an important role in improving student learning in science.
Related Story:
Informal Experiences Can Go a Long Way in Teaching Science
Check out all the technology-related chat transcripts.
>> Blog_Teaching Generation Tech TOP
Katie Hanifin, who writes the Teaching Generation Tech blog, is a teacher at Canastota High School in upstate New York, where she specializes in the integration of technology in the classroom.
Can we be friends?
Do NOT open the test booklet!
>> Upcoming Webinar TOP
Diplomas Count 2009: Broader Horizons
Thursday, June 11, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time
Sponsored by Plato Learning
Join us for a discussion about the 2009 edition of Education Week’s Diplomas Count, which investigates the issue of college readiness and features the EPE Research Center’s latest comprehensive analysis of graduation rates.
>> Spotlight on Technology TOP
For essential information and perspective, don't miss Education Week's new "Spotlights" collections, which deliver carefully selected news articles, Commentary pieces, and infographics on critical issues in education today.
Now available:
Education Week's "Spotlight on Technology in Schools" examines innovative high-tech resources that are transforming classrooms and learning.
"Spotlight on STEM in Schools" takes a close look at innovative approaches to STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—teaching and learning in American classrooms.
Top Jobs from
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+ Superintendent of Schools, Clinton School Department, Clinton, MA
+ Multiple Positions, Principal & Asst. Principals, Appoquinimink School District, Appoquinimink, DE
>> EdTech Events TOP
+ National Educational Computing Conference (NECC)
+ High Impact Technology Exchange Conference
+ To search for more technology-related events, visit our online calendar of events.
>> Digital Directions at NECC! TOP
Stay tuned to June 28-July 2 for daily coverage of news and events at the National Educational Computing Conference.
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Webinar Diplomas Count 2009: Broader Horizons
 Webinar June 11, 3 p.m., ET
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