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This initial listing of news stories about new research reports represents the newest items from the Horizon Project Navigator Library (explore more readings on Reports and Research)

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  • Designing A Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/17/pcast-updates-assessment-networking-and-infotech-rd
    This report describes the progress and challenges regarding networking and information technology (NIT) in areas like educational technology, "big data," health IT, energy, and defense.
  • eSN Special Report: Powering the Digital Classroom
    http://www.eschoolnews.com/2013/11/26/special-report-digital-141/?
    How students want to learn, and how they’re actually learning and using digital tools, doesn’t match up in many schools. How can education leaders balance this equation?
  • Gartner: 4 Disruptive Trends Changing the Future of IT
    http://campustechnology.com/Articles/2013/12/19/Gartner-4-Disruptive-Trends-Changing-the-Future-of-IT.aspx
    Recently, IT research firm Gartner held an online talk to share its predictions for disruptive trends that are worth taking into account as IT leaders plan for the future. As Managing VP and Gartner Fellow Daryl Plummer explained, "These trends are going to change the way you think about a lot of things and do a lot of things." However, the changes will also encompass constructive possibilities, which could turn into new opportunities for savvy CIOs.
  • How the Post-2015 Agenda can have a Transformative Impact on life Skills and Livelihood
    http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/up-front/posts/2013/02/08-post-2015-agenda-robinson-anderson
    These fellows from the Center of Universal Education point out that the agenda for education for the 1.5 billion young people ages 12-24 (1.3 billion in developing countries) in this world will focus on transferable skills, faciliating the school-to-work transition, and strengthening the link between post-primary education and improve life and labor opportunities.
  • How Is Technology Addressing the College Access Challenge?
    http://networkedblogs.com/RJnRl
    How well is edtech addressing the college access challenge? The answer, according to a report released today by Get Schooled, is not very well for younger and under represented students.
  • How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms
    http://pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2013/PIP_TeachersandTechnologywithmethodology_PDF.pdf New research released 6 March 2013 by the Pew Internet Project found that technology has made significant inroads among Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers. But it also revealed significant disparities in technology access between upper and lower income schools.
  • 'Innovation Index' Launched to Guide Ed-Tech Decisionmakers
    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2013/07/innovation_index_launched_to_guide_edtech_decision_makers.html
    A report released today offers an "innovation index" meant to help school leaders and teachers, education company leaders, and investors determine whether digital innovations deliver on their promised classroom benefits. The index allows evaluators to rate digital products and services based on three broad criteria: pedagogy, system change, and the quality of the technology.
  • iPads Improve Classroom Learning, Study Finds
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131210-ipad-learning-education-space-science/
    Research suggests that tablets could aid the study of many scientific concepts that are difficult to grasp, such as distance, time, and other large-scale subjects, Tablets can tap neurocognitive abilities that help students understand enormous scale and other difficult concepts.
  • Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow's Teachers
    http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/tomorrowsteachers_report2013.html
    This report looks into teacher preparation programs to find out what aspiring teachers think about using emerging technologies in the classroom and how they will approach teaching and learning with edtech when they begin working.
  • Neuroeducation: 25 Findings Over 25 Years
    http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/neuroeducation-25-findings-over-25-years/
    To celebrate the progress of the neuroeducation field Open Colleges has compiled a list of the 25 most significant findings in neuroscience education over the past 25 years.
  • No Longer a Luxury: DIgital Literacy Can't Wait
    http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Journals/EJ/1026-jul2013/EJ1026Longer.pdf
    The authors of this report offer an “inside portrait” into two schools and the impact of technology integration with the take-away being that English teachers must have the courage to take on new roles because students without access to tools of technology and the Internet will struggle to participate economically and politically.
  • Overexposure to Technology 'Makes Children Miserable'
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9636862/Overexposure-to-technology-makes-children-miserable.html
    A study from the UK's Office for National Statistics found that young people exposed to modern technology for more than four hours a day are less likely to display high levels of "wellbeing" than those limiting access to less than an hour.
  • Personal Learning Environments: E-Learning Papers
    http://openeducationeuropa.eu/sites/default/files/old/eLPapers_Issue35_EN.pdf
    PLEs are distinctly learner-centred and foster autonomous learning. PLEs are by no means isolated; they are interconnected in a digital ecosystem of media, tools and services. Instead of asking learners to navigate within one monolithic environment, PLEs act as a gateway to an open and connected learning experience.
  • Report Uncovers Who Is Actually Teaching With Technology
    http://www.edudemic.com/teaching-with-technology/
    The Washington-based Pew Research Center published a report on how teachers are using technology at home and in their classrooms with surveys finding technologies have brought along a number of new challenges for teachers, which are detailed in this post.
  • Survey Solicited Views on Key Success Factors in Implementing Transformation to Individualized Learning
    http://www.k12.com/educators-survey-highlights-key-individualized-online-learning-best-practices#.URqUGFpxcck
    A survey conducted by EdNET asked superintendents, curriculum directors, principals and special education directors who have experience implementing online learning to identify and rank several key success factors and best practices.
  • Teachers Say Tech Helps Student Writing, But Encourages Shortcuts
    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2013/07/teachers_say_digital_tools_hav.html
    This article discusses teachers' opinions of technology in regards to student writing skills. The info comes from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.
  • Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning
    http://www.setda.org/web/guest/datatoinformation
    To raise awareness about many of the major K-12 data standards and interoperability initiatives underway to address these and related issues, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released a new report entitled, Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning. SETDA developed this new report to help education leaders understand how technical interoperability initiatives relate to teaching and learning and to offer recommendations for how states, districts, and schools can become more responsive to educator needs and personalize learning for students.
  • Video Games and Social Emotional Learning
    http://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/games-and-social-emotional-learning/
    Jackie Gerstein Ed. D describes in detail the research that supports the idea that gaming can help students learn social & emotional core competencies.
  • Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations
    http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/06/25/younger-americans-library-services/
    Younger Americans’ library usage reflect a blend of traditional and technological services. Americans under age 30 are just as likely as older adults to visit the library, and once there they borrow print books and browse the shelves at similar rates. This report discusses the findings of how younger Americans perceive libraries as well as e-books and tech tools within the library.