Industry News

4/29/2015

4/29/2015

Teamwork is certainly not a new skill for teachers, but the Internet and social media have allowed that teamwork to extend way beyond the co-worker down the hall. Social media connects them with other educators who have tried a multitude of different education technology tools and can talk about what worked well and what didn't.

4/29/2015

House lawmakers voted down an attempt to strip school boards in North Carolina of the power to sue county boards of commissioners over budget disputes. The bill would have blocked lawsuits by school boards, forcing the two boards into mediation instead.

4/29/2015

The Kansas district is using its new bully referral app to try to make reporting and tracking complaints easier. The district found that if a child or parents reported bullying, what happened with the record keeping after the report was filed often remained a mystery.

4/29/2015

House and Senate Republican leaders are set to unveil a nearly $32 billion, two-year budget that includes modest increases in school funding, with more money for suburban schools and some charter schools but less spending on Indiana's urban schools.

4/29/2015

To help special education departments with staffing issues, PresenceLearning is offering access to fully credentialed, qualified special education teachers located remotely who can deliver special education instruction to students with mild, moderate and severe needs.

4/29/2015

Turnitin Scoring Engine provides instant scoring of student-written texts in online learning environments, or for assessing essays at the district, state or institutional level. The Turnitin service can also assist in evaluating writing for course placement and matriculation exams.

4/29/2015

Santa Clara Unified School District has selected ORIGO's Stepping Stones, a comprehensive, web-based, core mathematics program, as its new math curriculum for students in grades K-5.

4/29/2015

As charters become a permanent feature of the educational landscape, a series of debates are taking shape over their role in our educational portfolio and the rules under which they operate. Do they serve as a replacement strategy for districts or should they function as a something akin to a poor man’s private school? And how many is too many?

4/29/2015

It seems that the additional $1.5 billion the Texas Senate is proposing is a one-time infusion and doesn’t represent a commitment to a new lasting methodology to make sure that schools are properly and fairly funded over time.

4/29/2015

With 500 teaching jobs to fill by the first day of school this fall, San Francisco’s superintendent has asked the school board to let him hire more Teach for America interns for hard-to-staff schools. But some board members are balking, saying students in those schools deserve experienced teachers.

4/29/2015

A decade after New York City shut down a large, struggling middle school in Brooklyn and replaced it with two smaller ones, the Education Department is putting those schools back together. The most important factor in whether other schools will be merged would not be their size, but whether one school has a principal capable of running both schools.

4/29/2015

After examining closed charter and district schools, a new Thomas B. Fordham Institute study found that moving from school to school typically has a negative effect on students, but when the movement is forced by school closure, the students end up better off.

4/29/2015

Six years after giving every third- through fifth-grader their own device to use for writing papers, research and online textbooks, one local Indiana school district is looking at spending another $120,000 to replace them. Officials also are changing how long students keep their iPads and working to get devices into more first- and second-grade classrooms.

4/29/2015

Sussex County legislators have put together a House Bill that would give Sussex Tech a tax rate increase – but only for two years. In addition, the bill requires Sussex Tech decrease its enrollment by about 300 over the next three years for the 2017-18 school year.

4/28/2015

4/28/2015

The Marvel Group debuted The Focus Desk, a remake of the typical classroom desk which enables children to silently adjust the height of their desk from a sitting to standing mode, without adult assistance or class disruption. In addition to the FeatherTouch lift system, drop leaves offer workspace expansion.

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