Industry News

10/9/2014

10/9/2014

The Toledo School District is asking voters to approve a $23.5 million bond to remodel outdated features at its high school and make additional renovations to the elementary and middle schools. This is the school district’s first bond vote in 18 years.

10/9/2014

Motorola Solutions announced a new handheld mobile device for schools and universities. The MOTOTRBO SL300 digital portable radio is a two-way, push-to-talk communication device that offers a shatterproof Active View display with LED and a long battery life.

10/9/2014

Two issue briefs released this week demonstrate how issues surrounding school discipline uniquely impact LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth of color. They face persistent and frequent harassment and bias-based bullying from peers and school staff as well as increased surveillance and policing, according to the Crossroads Collaborative/Gay Straight Alliance Network study.

10/9/2014

A State University of New York committee approved 17 additional charter schools to open over the next two years, with 14 of the charters going to Success Academy, the city’s largest and most controversial network. The other three charters went to Achievement First. The schools are projected to serve more than 11,700 students.

10/9/2014

District-by-district reporting procedures are not uniform, due to the use of different student information systems. An incident at one school which mandates police involvement may not even require parental notification in another district. When allocating millions of dollars to cashed-strapped districts, a useful and uniform incident policy should be followed.

10/8/2014

10/8/2014

SchoolReach released Community App, a mobile app solution with custom-branded iPhone and Android apps that feature modules such as school calendars, staff directories, homework information, lunch menus, school social media accounts and more.

10/8/2014

The city's schools will be equipped with new solar cells with $23 million in funding from New York City. An additional $5 million dollars from the state has been procured under the NY-Sun Initiative. The new devices will be installed at two dozen public schools.

10/8/2014

Toys make it possible to make early impressions on children, even when they don't have mentors. Storytelling toys are even better at this, because they create emotion and ignite imagination. Yet many of the toys and apps that our kids are playing with do nothing to encourage an early love of science.

10/8/2014

Technology plus teacher training is part of an initiative launched at the University of Vermont five years ago with a $5 million grant from the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation. The results in about a dozen Vermont middle schools were so encouraging that the Tarrants have come back with another $5 million gift to expand the program.

10/8/2014

Snow and frigid temperatures might not stop students from schoolwork under a new program being piloted by the state education department. The Flexible Instructional Days program will allow schools to use non-traditional methods like technology to deliver instruction when circumstances such as bad weather keep students from being in the classroom.

10/8/2014

A week after California enacted a law restricting the ways education technology companies can use the information they collect about students, companies such as Microsoft, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Amplify, Edmodo and 10 others have committed to not selling information on K12 students. They have also pledged not to use students’ data to target them with advertisements or to compile personal profiles.

10/8/2014

Odysseyware has officially been approved for Georgia’s textbook replacement program. The online K12 curriculum provider now has 115 core, elective and career technical education courses approved by the state to meet Georgia’s academic standards.

10/8/2014

The California district's school officials approved spending $850,000 on technology-geared projects and personnel. Burbank Unified has been equipping classrooms with modern projectors, document cameras, voice amplification systems and control boxes. The district will also hire TELACU to oversee technology installation in 881 classrooms before September 2016.

10/8/2014

Many one-to-one initiatives fail to meet their objective, unless the objective is merely to give students technology and hope that they will figure it out from there. A more effective program begins with defining curriculum goals before purchasing technology, piloting the new technology, offering professional development and devising a roll-out plan.

10/8/2014

School visitors are no longer just writing their names in a notebook when they sign in. Districts are now scanning fingerprints and eyes to check if a visitor or contractor has a criminal record. Beyond security, visitor management systems can provide data such as the most visited teacher or who is in the building in case of an emergency.

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