October 15-18, 2014
October 15-18, 2014
November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.
BYOD has led to BYOA — bring-your-own-app. Perhaps even more so than devices, apps are proving serious threats to school IT networks, especially as students and teachers become increasingly dependent on them. All of the data being uploaded, downloaded and streamed through these apps can put great strain on those networks and open them up to security threats.
Instead of essays and book reports, more schools are turning toward multimedia projects in the classroom to make lessons more engaging and even promote tolerance and stem the tide of bullying and tolerance.
October 2-3, 2014
Rohnert Park, Calif.
September 30-October 3, 2014
September 19-22, 2014
District 20 board members passed an interlocal agreement to hire a shared technology director for the benefit of the district, Gothenburg Memorial Hospital and the city of Gothenburg. Former school media specialist and librarian Angie Richeson has been hired to fill the position.
The companies who offer the most capable, cost-efficient education-tailored hardware and software are likely to see the classrooms and students of the future adopting their devices. Some of the most visible companies offering educational tools and hardware are Google, which recently released its newest tool, Classroom, Apple with more than 75,000 education apps and Facebook, which is piloting a program to provide free WiFi access to students’ homes.
Teachers reported a multitude of problems with Los Angeles Unified's new MiSiS grading and attendance recording system during the first week of school. With the new technology struggling, school teachers were asked to take manual attendance. The new system comes after district administrators dropped a previous system they spent $38.3 million to develop.
All the incoming freshmen at one high school and 150 freshmen and sophmores at another high school in Greenville County will learn in project-based learning classrooms rebuilt to enable students to work digitally on real-world projects in small groups.
Learning Bird and edWeb.net will partner to support teachers making the print-to-digital curriculum transition with a new, free online professional learning community. The Digital Educator community will focus on discussing with educators and experts how to create, publish and share digital lessons to blend, flip and differentiate learning.
The city of Ammon, in conjunction with District 93, law enforcement and a Virginia-based tech company, are testing out a system they say will alert them to gunmen on school campuses. The Shotpoint acoustic shot detection system uses a series of sensors mounted on ceilings throughout the school. Each sensor is equipped with four microphones, which can detect the sound of gunshots.
Duval County schools are embarking on a three-year plan to invest $58 million in technology. Every classroom in the county's 160 schools will have a dedicated source to access the internet while all teachers will be getting new laptops. All middle schools will be getting interactive technology with portable touch-screen monitors.
October 30-November 2, 2014