Karen-Cator

What’s Worth Investing In? How to Decide What Technology You Need

What’s Worth Investing In? How to Decide What Technology You Need

| October 11, 2012 | 17 Comments

Lenny Gonzalez The promise of technology in the pursuit of learning is vast — and so are the profits. The SIIA valued the ed-tech market at $7.5 billion. With daily launches of new products promising to solve all manner of problems — from managing classrooms to engaging bored students with interactive content to capturing and […]

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What To Do If Your School Bans Useful Websites

What To Do If Your School Bans Useful Websites

| October 3, 2012 | 10 Comments

Today is Banned Website Awareness Day, and all across the country, educators are doing their part to raise awareness of how overly restrictive blocking of educational websites affects student learning. The dialogue around filtering must also include bring-your-own-device policies, appropriate use of social media in schools, and overall responsible use of technology in school. Each […]

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Three Goals to Spark Innovation and Collaboration

Three Goals to Spark Innovation and Collaboration

| November 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Flickr: Spacepleb It’s been roughly two months since the launch of the Department of Education’s Digital Promise, and though it’s still very early in the process, a few pointed goals are emerging. The main premise behind Digital Promise is to serve as a national center for research to spur innovation that will improve learning through […]

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School Will Change, With or Without Following Rules

School Will Change, With or Without Following Rules

| September 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Flickr:CrunchyFootsteps Public education is, by its very nature, tangled with policy, dependent on rules and regulations set by federal, state, and district mandates. What most students do in school at any given moment has been prescribed by legislation passed years before they — or their parents — entered kindergarten. But things are changing — and […]

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Dispelling Myths About Blocked Websites in Schools

Dispelling Myths About Blocked Websites in Schools

| September 20, 2011 | 5 Comments

Larry Gonzalez I’m at a small gathering of education journalists, policymakers and school leaders today, and in attendance is the Department of Education’s Director of Education Technology, Karen Cator. Cator told me that teachers continue to thank her for outlining these important clarifications about schools blocking access to Web sites. For those who haven’t seen […]

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Four New Initiatives from the Department of Education

Four New Initiatives from the Department of Education

| June 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

“Now is the time,” said Karen Cator, director of education technology at the Department of Education. “We’re at this incredible inflection point as we go from print to digital.” Cator enumerated the ways in which the D.O.E. is helping to make the shift between the print and digital world at the ISTE conference yesterday. 1. […]

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Straight from the DOE: Dispelling Myths About Blocked Sites

Straight from the DOE: Dispelling Myths About Blocked Sites

| April 26, 2011 | 31 Comments

The Child Internet Protection Act requires that schools receiving federal funding from E-rate block inappropriate websites. But, as the D.O.E’s Karen Cator explains, that shouldn’t stop teachers from sharing rich educational resources with their students.

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Zeroing in on the Achievement Gap

Zeroing in on the Achievement Gap

| December 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

In the final post of the series of interviews, Department of Education’s Karen Cator discusses how the National Education Technology Plan addresses the achievement gap and how the plan squares with Race to the Top. – How is the achievement gap addressed in the National Education Technology Plan? How can technology bring the best education for […]

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How to Push for Progress? The Key is Tranparency

How to Push for Progress? The Key is Tranparency

| December 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

flickr:katerha In the third installment of my interview with Karen Cator, Director of Educational Technology at the Department of Education, we talk about how transparency in the digital age can help to motivate the education community to push for progress. I’ve heard a lot of frustration from the education community about decision-makers either not showing […]

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Karen Cator: Schools Should Get Creative With Spending

Karen Cator: Schools Should Get Creative With Spending

| December 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

Continuing my conversation with the Department of Education’s Director of Education Technology Karen Cator, we talk about how schools can find inventive ways of allotting money for tech tools. What’s your position on creative reallocation of funds in order to pull schools and districts into the 21st century? We’re going to have to figure out […]

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