Center for Digital Education & Converge: research in education technology for K-12 and higher education

Special Reports

Each publication of the Center for Digital Education's Special Report tackles an important technology topic for both K-12 and Higher Education with research-based editorial and industry-specific perspective. The Special Report is accompanied by a Funding Report detailing important funding routes for the featured technology area. A special webinar on the topic follows approximately three months after the Special Report is posted online and distributed by mail. 

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2014 Q1 Special Report: Everything You Need to Know about Assessments in Education

Download this Special Report to learn how your school or campus can succeed with a new generation of assessment.


2013 Q4 Special Report: Mobility & Cloud

In this Special Report, discover the various ways mobility and cloud computing are affecting education institutions and how they can prepare for and adapt to this rapid adoption. In addition, find insight on how to mobilize content and learn some of the tools that make it easier to deploy mobility and cloud.


2013 Yearbook: Technology Innovation in Education

Download the 2013 Yearbook for a truly inspiring and informational read. The Yearbook highlights 40 education innovators who are using technology to improve learning and better the K-20 education system, and covers the latest education technology trends and funding opportunities.


2013 Q3 Special Report: Pathways to Personalized Learning

Want to personalize learning for your students but don’t know where to start? Find a wealth of research and firsthand accounts of how personalized learning is transforming the way we have traditionally viewed the educational model in this Special Report, and how you can overcome challenges to bring its benefits to your institution.


2013 Q2 Special Report: Big Data, Big Expectations

Learn how to transform big data into powerful and actionable educational insights to improve student outcomes on your campus in this Special Report.


2013 Q1 Special Report: Smart Infrastructure

Discover what smart strategies, solutions and practices you can be implementing to prepare your IT infrastructure for the inevitable technological changes coming to your campus.


2012 Q4 Special Report: Specialty Classroom Technologies

This Special Report highlights various specialty technologies and showcases their use in campuses across the nation. It examines how technology is boosting student interest and transforming areas like STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), research and supercomputing, and special education — providing educators with valuable tools to ensure all students have the critical skills needed to enter the future workforce prepared.


2012 Yearbook: Technology Innovation in Education

Download for all the latest research surrounding the hottest technology trends in education and profiles of 50 of the most innovative leaders.


2012 Q3 Special Report: The Blended and Virtual Learning Frontier

Explore the new blended and virtual learning frontier sweeping the nation in this Special Report.


2012 Q2 Special Report: The Textbook Reformation & Digital Content

This Converge Special Report on the Textbook Reformation and Digital Content examines this educational transformation in all its facets: from curriculum acquisition to best practices for a successful transition to key governmental policy measures. We’ll tell you about technology concerns, professional development tips, managing plagiarism and copyright, and much more. Along the way, we’ll introduce you to many schools and universities adopting digital technology in different ways, sharing their stories of the ways in which this digital movement is changing education and promises to reshape it even further in the future.


2012 Q1 Special Report: Campus Infrastructure

The 2012 Q1 Special Report delves into 9 key areas of infrastructure and shows you why they are critical to your campus’ successful future.


2011 Q4 Special Report: The Evolving Classroom

The 2011 Q4 Special Report focuses on the evolution of learning settings from traditional, instructor-led classrooms to completely virtual, student-centric classes and schools. It describes and illustrates myriad K-12, college and university learning environments, gives examples of how evolving classroom models impact students and teachers, and highlights the technologies that make it possible. To bring students into a digital learning age, the classroom must evolve.


2011 Yearbook: Technology Innovation in Education

Be a part of the change in education! Download this inaugural Yearbook that highlights both the top technology trends in education and 50 of the innovators who have made it all possible.


2011 Q3 Special Report: The Education Dashboard

The 2011 Q3 Special Report examines the emergence of education dashboards and how they are transforming the way that schools measure, evaluate and predict results for students, programs and education institutions. The first part of this report lays the groundwork for building a dashboard that meets your institution’s unique needs, outlines how dashboards are used, and addresses the key drivers of dashboard-based information. In the second half of this report, we review the different types of data management systems currently in use, discuss key technology considerations for building a dashboard, and provide a short list of considerations to help your organization get started down the path of implementing an education dashboard.


2011 Q2 Special Report: Mobility and Security

The 2011 Q2 Special Report examines how the concept of mobility is changing the education scene. It discusses the ecosystem of elements that comprise mobility and some challenges education leaders may confront when transitioning to a mobile environment. The second half of the report confronts the issue of security and helps answer the question of how to successfully balance mobility and security while still providing the proper access needed by students, faculty and staff.


2011 Q1 Special Report: Digital Teaching and Professional Development

The 2011 Q1 Special Report examines the evolution of the traditional role of the teacher into the digital teaching age. It also focuses on the critical role of professional development in ensuring the success of today’s digital teachers.


2010 Q4 Special Report: Digital Content and Learning Management Platforms

The Q4 Special Report investigates the major digital content and learning management platforms technologies on P-20 campuses, including accessibility, affordability, barriers, teacher training, digital learning libraries, gaming and virtual realities, and digital textbooks.


2010 Q3 Special Report: Campus Technology Infrastructure

The Q3 Special Report investigates the major digital infrastructure technologies on P-20 campuses, including voice, data and video infrastructures as well as their unified applications, and how these infrastructures are equipped, deployed, secured and managed.


2010 Q2 Special Report: Classroom Technologies

This Special Report’s prime objective is to help policy decision-makers and educational leaders understand what today’s classroom technologies are evolving toward, and, more importantly, why. It is hoped that examining current classroom technologies will spur conversation as to how the practice of teaching is evolving and why that evolution makes sense.


2010 Q1 Special Report: Campus Management Systems

This Special Report discusses the need for campus management system solutions and highlights options available to institutions. The primary thrust of this report will focus on the broad category of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and the more defined areas of Student Information Systems and Longitudinal Data Solutions.



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