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8/27/2014

8/27/2014

EBSCO Information Services has released 12 new EBSCO eBook Subject Sets, which are offered to libraries in convenient collections grouped by subject matter. New subject sets include diseases & conditions, robotics and poetry, among other titles.

8/27/2014

A popular vision of the future of education in the internet age is that teachers will become superfluous, but research suggests that the goal of students directing their own learning is still a dream and the teacher-less classroom is not as close as you think.

8/27/2014

Hundreds of teachers and administrators from Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 and surrounding schools turned out for the district's first annual Transliteracy conference. The two-day conference was aimed at arming teachers, staff and administrators with knowledge on how to integrate technology and literacy in the classroom.

8/27/2014

More than 750 free, standards-aligned lesson plans in math and English language arts have been added to LearnZillion's offerings. The new lesson plans, designed for use on any web-connected device, were created by LearnZillion's Dream Team of teachers recruited from 42 states.

8/27/2014

Seven new or renovated high schools are opening this year in Boston’s suburbs at an average cost of $100 million each. New technology to boost students’ learning and increase security include at least 200 surveillance cameras at each high school, Chromebooks and a public access cable station.

8/27/2014

Robert Berkowitz was picked as the new director of technology for South Washington County Schools. He’s worked in the technology department since 2012 and was manager of systems and networks during the rollout of the district’s new technology initiative.

8/27/2014

Plenty of plagiarism is intentional. Many of the matches anti-plagarism software finds come from paper mills, cheat sites and other students' papers. As plagiarism-detecting technology improves, some students intent on cheating will find ways to outsmart it. But with anti-plagarism software companies adding hundreds of thousands of student papers a day, intentional plagiarism is riskier than ever.

8/27/2014

Developed in partnership with Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), Achieve3000 released Informed Learning Paths, built using results from NWEA's Measures of Academic Progress assessment. These new computer adaptive assessments will enable teachers to provide each student with a customized set of lessons.

8/27/2014

Iowa’s Clinton Community School District has incorporated cutting-edge programs into its learning environment in hopes of giving students a better chance at graduating and succeeding in college or career. The Innovation Classroom, one of the first of its kind in a U.S. public high school, enables teachers to tie technology with inquiry-based, collaborative learning.

8/27/2014

Choosing a new or upgraded SIS takes time and collaboration. It’s important to find out what types of information and access are important to parents and students who use the system. In evaluating SIS options, districts should not just focus on the particulars, but keep the big picture of information management in mind.

8/27/2014

Milton Friedman's article, "Selling School like Groceries," asked readers to consider a scenario in which grocery stores operated under the same provisions as public elementary and secondary schools. The feasibility of a system that enables one to give as much thought to selecting a child's school as one does with groceries needs to examined.

8/27/2014

If speed cameras in school zones - and warnings of cameras -- slow down drivers, that's a win for public safety. But it also means the cameras won't generate much revenue, because speeding will decline. If the cameras create a ton of revenue because no one slows down, that means plenty of cash, but it also means the cameras aren't keeping people from speeding.

8/27/2014

Panorama Education is partnering with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education to launch Panorama Student Survey as a free, open source product. Panorama Education will offer the survey free for new and existing school, school district and state education department customers.

8/27/2014

Engineers have finished inspecting 30 schools in Napa and found the quake did not cause any structural damage. Teams of architects and engineers have been examining all of Napa's schools looking for any structural damage following Sunday morning's earthquake.

8/27/2014

The board of Prospect's Region 16 hired Matthew Brennan as the district's new director of technology. He was previously the technology coordinator for Litchfield's public schools. Brennan will replace Bruce Bartmess, who has officially retired.

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