In June, Education Week launched the premiere issue of Digital Directions, a magazine of practical advice for technology leaders. We have an invitation to subscribe to the email version for no cost. I believe this is a strong addition to Education Week’s list of publications including Education Week News and Teacher Magazine.
Take this opportunity to explore the new issue, which is full of trends and practical advice for K-12 technology leaders.
- Check out the article about how schools are scrambling to meet the new federal requirements for archiving your email and more. I believe this new requirement by the feds is outrageous in it’s expectations for local school districts. And the cost will steal funds from our classrooms. The author Michelle R. Davis explains; “Districts will need to develop policies and software systems for the storage of e-mail, instant messages, word processing documents, PowerPoint presentations, and any type of electronic file on a computer system. The new requirements have caught many districts by surprise, and school officials are now playing catch-up to adopt policies and make sure they have the needed software”.
- Check out how educators are using wikis as collaborative learning tools in the article Wiki Wisdom: Lessons for Educators
“Wiki” is an abbreviated version of the full name, wiki-wiki, which translates as “quick” in Hawaiian. Wiki’s have been around since the mid-1990s, Frey says, and were originally used by software engineers to collaborate on writing software and for other technical tasks. A wiki is a Web site that allows those with access the power to edit or add content, track who made changes, and allow revisions to previous versions if needed.” Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that was launched in 2001, is one of the largest and best-known wikis. www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2007/09/12/02wiki.h01.html
- Find out about school districts that are turning to online training programs in the story by Katie Ash: Digital Training: Learning communities' are emerging to meet the professional-development needs of teachers.
- Free Subscription of Digital Directions:
Do we need another publication about current news in technology?
Will I read it?
Where do I receive up to date information on technology that I can use to do my daily work?