Just released: the Ed Tech Developer’s Guide, a first-ever guide for developers, startups and entrepreneurs from the U.S. Department of Education. “We canvassed all parts of the education ecosystem to make sure the guide will help meet the actual needs of the folks out there who want to apply technology in smart ways to solve persistent problems in education,” says Richard Culatta, also speaking for Marcus Noel and Katrina Stevens from the Office of Educational Technology. Secretary Arne Duncan officially released the guide this morning at the ASU+GSV Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona. Also, check this out: you’re invited to join them for two Twitter chats about the guide:
An FYI that Apple has released a cool new “For Educators” page designed to be a good first place to look for apps, books, courses and collections of interest to professionals in the field of education. The education resource brings together content from iTunes U, the App Store and iBooks Store to help educators in their professional practice – highlighting lesson ideas, activities, sample courses, success stories, professional development materials, and links to curriculum by level and subject. Inspiring lesson ideas, teacher’s start kits, apps for teachers, books for educators, using apps in the classroom, teaching with iPad, content creation in the classroom, courses aligned to standards and success stories are all part of a rich mix of resources presented in an easily accessible way. Check it out on iTunes: itunes.com/ForEducators
HP and Knewton, a leader in adaptive learning, have partnered to develop Personalized Print Learning Solutions, a first-of-its-kind product that will make adaptive learning technology available for print-only K-12 and college classrooms through a smartphone app. Personalized Print Learning Solutions will allow publishers to create unique printed chapters of textbooks, worksheets, and assignments for each student so that educators can assign tailored content for everyone. Using HP Link technology, they’ll scan work and submit it to Knewton via smartphone app. Knewton’s predictive analytics engine will analyze the work and determine a strategy based on previous work and the anonymized data of similar students. Knewton will assemble an individualized content packet in real time for each student. “People have always assumed it was impossible to individually personalize printed education materials,” says Knewton founder and CEO Jose Ferreira. “With our new HP collaboration, we are delighted to show the world that print materials can have just as much adaptive power as digital content.” Currently under development for release during the 2015-2016 school year, learn more at http://www.knewton.com/
Educators, lawmakers, and virtually everyone else concerned with young people’s security have wrestled with how to make best use of educational hardware and software while maintaining a safe and secure environment since schools began connecting to the Internet. However, each community is unique and requires a unique solution. A new book, Securing the Connected Classroom: Technology Planning to Keep Students Safe, by Abbie Brown and Tim Green, and published by ISTE, discusses blocks, filters and other imposed security measures — but the focus is on the process of threat assessment, response development and consensus building. Abbie Brown is a professor in the instructional technology program at East Carolina University. Tim Green, a former K-12 teacher, is a professor of educational technology and a teacher educator at California State University, Fullerton. “Throwing up walls does not usually work; we know students are quick to find ways around barriers,” says Brown. “We believe that a school community’s efforts should focus on fostering digital citizenship, awareness and understanding,” Green adds. The key to creating a secure environment for learning with technology is extending the responsibility to all stakeholders in the school community, they say; students, parents, teachers, administrators and staff. “It takes real effort to assess security threats and develop appropriate responses. Making that effort helps to create a safer and more productive learning environment,” Green says. Read more here.