In many cases, broadband service in New York City's middle schools is not living up to its promise, according to a report issued by Comptroller Scott Stringer. A recent survey found difficulties with broadband infrastructure and potential financial concerns.
Librarian Linda Martin in this blog post describes how she and a colleague developed an online class, where students could practice digital literacy skills through book discussions. Martin highlights the process and technology tools used to support the project.
A grant for teachers looking to implement differentiated instruction in their classroom leads this month's Tech Showcase roundup. Also featured is a professional-development course on literacy instruction, plus free on-demand webinars about open educational resources and using blended learning to improve reading.
Schools nationwide are looking at using mobile apps to help fight sexual assaults against teens. This article highlights four such apps, including Anonymous Alerts, which lets users send information anonymously about incidences to school administrators.
Teachers should not be afraid to use cellphones in the classroom, asserts teacher Curtis White. In this blog post, he shares several tips, such as setting ground rules and expectations for students, that can help shift a cellphone from being a nuisance to a learning tool.
A survey by #StatusofMind indicates that overuse of Instagram and Snapchat is affecting the mental health of young people. The platforms may be fostering feelings of inadequacy and anxiety among youths who engage often with them, says Shirley Cramer of the Royal Society for Public Health.
School leaders in a Texas district use the Online Assessment Planning Tool to gauge assessment readiness. The tool, officials say, helps identify deficiencies, including the need to upgrade technology infrastructure.
The US Department of Education should improve its oversight of competitive grants issued to schools, districts, nonprofits and states, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. The report analyzed 75 grants and found documentation lacking in 69 cases.
A survey of more than 1,000 school district administrators finds they expect to invest more in tablet and laptop computers when compared to desktop technology. This blog post explores what that shift could mean for education research.