November 7-10, 2013
November 7-10, 2013
CoSN applauds the FCC for kick-starting President Obama’s education initiative to expand E-Rate and modernize classrooms.
Schools are not getting a big enough bang for their education technology buck. A new report says that while computers and internet access are common in the classroom, students are often using this technology for simple foundational exercises, rather than higher-order data analysis or statistics work that will help prepare them for the modern workforce.
School districts are trying to craft social media policies that prevent misuse, but don't interfere with free speech or educational benefits as the reach of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and texting continues to expand.
The Cobb County (Marietta, Ga.) board has decided to purchase $2.9 million worth of electronic math textbooks for its middle and high school students. It’s a scaled-down version of the $7.5 million proposal 100 teachers endorsed that would have provided printed math textbooks, workbooks, and online resources to each of the district’s 108,000 students.
Based on responses from more than 450 district technology and media leaders, the 100+ page report focuses on which types of apps educators see as most beneficial, the price educators are willing to pay for apps, challenges faced when implementing mobile technologies, and the current level of adoption of mobile devices, as well as predictions for the future. In addition, the report includes some responses specifically about Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models.
Through the new relationship, Parchment’s Receive service will be the preferred transcript solution for clients using RuffaloCODY’s application generation and management service. The service is designed to help institutions cultivate more “actionable” applications from the right students.
As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to announce a proposal to revise the E-Rate program and provide more opportunities for schools, libraries and other learning environments to secure essential broadband access for the country's students, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) today announced a series of webinars focused on empowering education leaders to advocate more effectively for much needed updates to the program.
The partnership will allow MOREnet members to use an affordable archiving solution that includes enough flexibility and customer support to integrate successfully with their various email solutions.
ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, has appointed Susan Race as the association’s director of professional development.
For the past 10 years, New York University's Polytechnic Institute has run a competition called Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW). Students compete to find flaws in various websites' security measures, and exploit them to gain access to the sensitive information stored within. The National Security Agency and other government agencies have been known to recruit talent from among the competitors.
Charlottesville and Albemarle public schools, both in Charlottesville, Va., are ramping up investments in online courses, partly in response to a new state mandate requiring at least one online course for graduation. The district administrators also believe it’s the best way to prepare students for the challenges of college and careers.
Middle Tennessee school districts, like their peers across the state, are still struggling to close academic achievement gaps between groups of children, especially the gap between students with disabilities and those without, according to state test results.
October 29-November 2, 2013