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TV Watching and Computer Use in U.S. Youth Aged 12 - 15, 2012 - Although experts recommend no more than two hours of TV/computer time for young people a day, most do more. In 2012, 27 percent of youth aged 12 15, had two hours or less of TV plus computer daily. Girls were more likely to use the computer two hours or less daily (80.4 percent) than boys (69.4 percent). As weight status increased, the percentage of youth who reported two or fewer hours of screen time decreased. (Kirsten A. Herrick, et al., Centers for Disease Control, July 2014)...

Schools and Software: What's Now and What's Next - An analysis of how thirty small- to medium-sized public school systems on the cutting edge of technology integration use software also reveals what they want from the edtech industry. For example, they want software vendors to make it easier for school systems to create integrated user experiences. Rather than being forced to rely on the few, very big software players, they want hub platforms that are focused less on big-player compliance and protecting their turf, and more on functionality, software integration and data management. (Julia Freeland and Alex Hernandez, Charter School Growth Fund and the Clayton Christensen Institute, June 2014) ...

The NMC Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition - This report discusses the top emerging technologies, trends, and challenges that New Media believes will have a major impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in pre-college education over the next five years. The report identifies mobile devices & apps and tablet computing as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon of one year or less. Game-based learning and personal learning environments are seen in the second horizon of two to three years; and augmented reality and natural user interfaces emerged in the third horizon of four to five years. The research and analysis contained in the report will help inform K-12 educators' technology strategies over the next five years. (New Media Consortium, July 2012)...

National Broadband Plan--Chapter 11: Education - The demands of the new information-based economy require substantial changes to the existing education system. Broadband can be an important tool to help educators, parents and students meet major challenges in education. This report contains recommendations to: (1) Help improve online learning both inside and outside of the school; (2) Gather and provide data that fosters innovation; and (3) Change the E-rate program which offers schools and libraries discounted services to improve broadband availability. (FCC, March 2010)...

National Broadband Plan--Executive Summary - In early 2009, Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission to develop a National Broadband Plan to ensure every American has "access to broadband capability." The plan needed to include a detailed strategy for achieving affordability and maximizing use of broadband to advance "consumer welfare, civic participation, public safety and homeland security, community development and education--among other things. To fulfill Congress's mandate, the plan seeks to ensure that the entire broadband ecosystem is healthy. The plan makes recommendations to the FCC, the Executive Branch, Congress and state and local governments. (FCC, March 2010)...

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