Industry News

4/30/2014

4/30/2014

Discovery Education has launched Digital Leader Corps. Featuring professional learning, pedagogy and tools, the new professional development service works collaboratively with school districts to help participating educators learn to integrate educational technologies and digital media into classroom instruction.

4/30/2014

The Obama administration has invested in opportunity for our nation's young people, working at each stage of a child's development to ensure that kids have the ability to succeed and thrive. But, for at least those interested in STEM fields, new FCC rules could waste part of that investment and stifle innovation.

4/30/2014

Five Montclair schools will lose their technology specialist positions to accommodate additional physical education and music instruction teachers. Other schools will see a boost in the latter two positions while retaining their technology specialists.

4/30/2014

Filament Games announced the release of Crazy Plant Shop: Heredity Unit. Crazy Plant Shop is the first release of the PLEx (Play, Learn, Experiment): Life Science series from Filament Games' Filament Learning division. Each Crazy Plant Shop unit explores a scientific subject with games and an accompanying curriculum.

4/30/2014

To help alleviate the skills gap, private sector industries have begun making their own investments in education. In the U.S., too few students will find their way into STEM fields on their own. They need to be shown a path, and that entails getting them excited about science and technology at an early age.

4/30/2014

A debate has emerged over Fremont County's $650 million school bond measure, which includes a $39 million technology infrastructure and equipment upgrade that would increase bandwidth and add wireless access points. School leaders say the bond is necessary to modernize aging campuses but opponents call it a financially risky move that won't address half of the district's many needs.

4/30/2014

Silver Dolphin Books and Skyreader Media Inc. have partnered on the launch of three new interactive apps based on Silver Dolphin Books' "Pretend and Play" series. Using its web-based platform Skyreader Studio, Skyreader Media has developed the e-books for the Apple iPad.

4/30/2014

Code.org is partnering with 30 public school districts, including three of the 10 largest in the country, to enable students to take computer science lessons through an online portal. The organization also helps public schools offer computer science courses by training their teachers in the organization’s curriculum.

4/30/2014

If MassCan can raise more funds from the private sector, the state and foundations, the business-nonprofit coalition hopes to train enough teachers so that, in five years, a computer science course can be offered in the majority of Massachusetts public high schools.

4/30/2014

Washington County officials may let students earn their technology-education credit in middle school or even take it online. Most students earn this high school graduation requirement when they take Foundations of Technology during freshmen year.

4/30/2014

Among other approved items in its 2015 budget, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted to allocate $1 million in surplus funds for technology improvements and add $200,000 to the Office of Technology Services’ operating budget for new tech positions.

4/30/2014

The county's virtual high School, one of the first in Alabama, will offer credit recovery for students who have fallen behind and for those interested in advanced classes. Required credit classes will be offered, along with AP, dual enrollment and electives normally not available at a regular high school.

4/30/2014

A suburban Minneapolis, Minn., district has reached out to local businesses for help with revamping the seventh grade technology curriculum to include more hands-on lessons. It also will shift the focus from traditional shop projects to lessons on robotics, lasers, graphic design, 3D modeling software and understanding blueprints.

4/30/2014

Seven Chicago schools will be awarded grants of up to $100,000 to explore how laptops, iPhones and iPads can help teachers move away from single lesson plans toward a more individualized approach to learning. Half the money for the Breakthrough Schools grants comes from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

4/30/2014

Path4Success is partnering with more than 86 high schools and sports camps around the country for this upcoming school year. The seminars focus on topics such as academics, standardized test, college admissions, cyberbullying, social media and drugs and alcohol.

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