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>> COVER STORY COVER: Michael Craddock, a computer science teacher at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Va., helps students during a class. COVER PHOTO: Matt Roth_for Digital Directions 28 Cracking the Code_Educators develop creative ways to teach coding through gaming FEATURES 24 Test-Driving the Common Core_Schools across the country are learning vital lessons in pilot tests of online assessments for the common standards 16 necessary amount of social and emotional interaction in primarily online learning programs? 25 Flipped PD: Building Blocks to Success_ 7 Steps to Picking Your LMS_Experts offer suggestions on how to choose and evaluate the different learning management systems available A Minnesota district relies on video and job-embedded coaching to improve teachers’ tech skills 20 Kindergarten the Virtual Way_Can kindergartners get the 32 Virtual Learning in the Early Years_Educators are working to make sure the technologies elementary students are using are developmentally appropriate and highly interactive Powering the Crowd_ K-12 districts, education groups, and companies deploy “crowdsourcing” to identify better approaches 25 iStockphoto/Anthos Boncompagni 12 DEPARTMENTS EDITOR’S NOTE 6 DD SITE VISIT 8 BITS & BYTES_News and Trends Chris Whetzel_for Digital Directions 12 20 SHAPING YOUNG MINDS: Second graders at Kyrene de los Niños Elementary School display their animal-research reports using virtual tour-sharing on their laptops during class in Tempe, Ariz. Education Week Digital Directions [ISSN: 1940-8609] is published by Editorial Projects in Education Inc. Editorial and business offices: 6935 Arlington Rd., Suite 100, Bethesda, MD 20814-5287; (301) 280-3100. For advertising information, call (301) 280-3100 or e-mail Copyright © 2013 by Editorial Projects in Education Inc. All rights reserved. Joshua Lott_for Digital Directions 4

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Digital Directions - Summer 2013

Digital Directions - Summer 2013
Editor’s Note
DD Site Visit
Bits & Bytes
Test-Driving the Common Core
Flipped PD: Building Blocks to Success
Virtual Learning in the Early Years
Kindergarten the Virtual Way
7 Steps to Picking Your LMS
Cracking the Code
Powering the Crowd

Digital Directions - Summer 2013