Industry News

6/18/2014

6/18/2014

The boom in affordable laptops and mobile devices has left the clunky computers of the past piling up in storage rooms in many schools. Recycling is the best way to properly dispose of outdated technology instead of allowing it to collect dust or to break down in landfills.

6/18/2014

The Albuquerque Public Schools district will replace its former textbook inventory system with TIPWeb-IM from Hayes Software Systems. The upgrade will extend to all 140 schools and 89,000 students. Hayes will also provide system integration, physical inventory services, client engagement services, and ongoing performance evaluation and process monitoring support.

6/18/2014

Pitsco Education's latest innovation, the TETRIX PRIME, is a new robotics building system designed to teach various STEM concepts without the construction complexities inherent in other building systems. PRIME is engineered to be simple and intuitive, enabling students to construct and modify robots easily and quickly.

6/18/2014

June 28–July 1, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

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Many educational reformers see technology as the panacea for what ails education in America, but technology is more a cause of what ails education than a cure for it. The cognitive risk of abandoning handwriting is a small manifestation of a huge problem. In the money-driven quest to digitize and automate education, we are neglecting the development of many human capacities that matter most.

6/18/2014

The Salem-Keizer School Board approved plans to open a new career and technical education center for high school students. Under the adopted 2014-2015 budget, over $420,000 would fund the center's start up costs. The board also approved a five-year legal agreement between the district and Mountain West Career Technical Institute for the new center

6/18/2014

Scotland County's board approved a remodeling of Scotland High School’s career and technical education program and signed an agreement for Richmond Community College to take over instruction for most vocational and technical classes. In the upcoming school year, the program will grow from one on-campus, college credit-bearing course to 25, in fields including IT and mechanical and electronics engineering.

6/18/2014

OpenEd has launched a free assessment creation tool that enables educators to create tests incorporating their own questions, or existing questions automatically suggested by OpenEd's educational recommendation engine.

6/18/2014

BAM Radio Network (BRN) has launched PULSE. The new platform that will allow producers of education-related radio shows and podcasts to access BRN's global community of educators, who use internet radio for professional development, project-based learning, community building, outreach, brand building, parental engagement, and adding their voices to the international education discussion.

6/18/2014

The National Council on Teacher Quality's second annual evaluation of teacher preparation programs found that only 7 percent performed well enough to achieve "top status." Three out of four programs "fail to insist that applicants meet even modest standards," the group wrote, meaning at least a 3.0 grade point average, or scoring above the 50th percentile on the ACT or SAT.

6/18/2014

A change to state law will make it easier for Iowa school districts to tweak the structure of the school week, giving them more freedom to try new schedules. Starting July 1, school officials can count instructional time in either days or hours.

6/18/2014

As South Dakota lawmakers start a study about the future of education in South Dakota, lawmakers and educators clashed over how much money they even should be talking about to improve schools in the state.

6/18/2014

Speaking on behalf of a consortium of the North Carolina's 10 largest school districts, superintendents from school systems in Cumberland, Johnston, New Hanover and Wake counties said they couldn’t stand to lose teaching assistants under a Senate plan that calls for roughly half of the positions in elementary schools to be eliminated.

6/18/2014

A bill to hasten the dismissal of some public school teachers appears to be speeding into law. The faster process would apply to California teachers suspected of serious offenses, such as attempted murder, sexual misconduct or drug offenses. It does not require that an instructor be convicted of a crime to be fired, only that a district has determined that the employee is unfit for the classroom.

6/18/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is moving forward with several education initiatives to help transform city schools. The city will spend $52 million in state grant money to transform 40 schools into "Community Schools," which will include extra services for students and families, such as health clinics, dental care and family counseling.

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