Newsworthy

Newsworthy e-Learning and social media articles and a link for a free book:

Mashable: The Social Media Guide: Why banning social media often backfires…

Link: http://mashable.com/2010/04/13/social-media-ban-backfire/

Edweek.org: Virtual Ed. Enrollment Caps Face Greater Scrutiny

Link: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/04/28/30edtech_onlinereach.h29.html

Technofirst Online: E-Learning: Learn it the e-way

Link: http://technofirstonline.com/?p=1441

Get a Complimentary Copy of Cyberschools: An Education Renaissance

First published in 1996, Cyberschools explained how the fusion of technology and education would transform the way we learn. Jones anticipated the global boom in distance learning and the mainstreaming of online education. The new edition examines the implications of the latest technology trends and makes a compelling case for increased investment, creative collaboration and entrepreneurship.

Link: http://www.cyberschools.com/content/about-cyberschools#digital_edition?=2

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Latest Reports

A slew of interesting reports have been published lately. Here’s a list with a brief summary for a few related to educational technology and K-12 online schools (Summaries have been taken directly from the report website.):

SETDA

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is pleased to release its seventh annual report on the technology section (Enhancing Education Through Technology, Title II, Part D) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, herein referred to as Title II-D. This annual report provides a national perspective on Title II-D for federal fiscal year (FY) 2008 (2008-09 school year), as well as emergent trends based on data from the past seven years.  Data presented here are based on surveys completed in fall 2009 by state educational technology directors from the 50 states, and reports from the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

Link: http://www.setda.org/web/guest/2010NationalTrends

New Horizon Report

The New Media Consortium (NMC) released the 2010 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition, the second in an annual series of reports focused on emerging technology use in elementary and secondary education. The report identifies and describes six emerging technologies that will likely have a significant impact on K-12 education in the next one to five years. The six technologies are: cloud computing, collaborative environments, game-based learning, mobiles, augmented reality, and flexible displays.

Link: http://www.nmc.org/publications/2010-horizon-k12-report

Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools: Fall 2008

This First Look report presents data from a fall 2008 Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey of public schools on the availability and use of educational technology. This includes information on computer hardware and Internet access, availability of staff to help integrate technology into instruction and provide timely technical support, and perceptions of educational technology issues at the school and district level.

Link: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2010034