Industry News

3/6/2013

3/6/2013

Porter High School (Texas) was host to the Regional Technology Student Association competition held March 1-2 between school districts in the region, including Bryan, College Station, and Conroe. Several students won at the regional level, and will now compete at TSA State Competition April 11-13 in Waco, Texas.

3/6/2013

St. Peter School in Quincy, Ill. has been making technological strides with financial help from an electronics recycling program. Under the program, the school collects cellphones, ink cartridges, laptops and small electronics and sends them to FundingFactory. In return, the school receives points, which can be converted to cash or used to buy new electronics from the FundingFactory's catalog.

3/6/2013

At the 2007 EG Conference for youth and young adults, Kevin Kelly told the audience that, 10 years ago, no-one would have believed the internet was coming, least of all him. "What I’m here to say today is that education is being transformed by technology. The future is here, but educators and deans, the ones who hold the gauntlet, are choosing not to believe it."

3/6/2013

On a particular morning at Westlake High School, students are greeted not by their teacher but by a history book author on Skype, who was invited to talk to them about America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This type of teaching is a novel approach, but expensive, leaving people to ask whether the billions being spent on educational technology is worth the cost.

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The chairman of Florida's Senate education committee, John Legg, has introduced a bill postponing the next generation of standardized tests until Florida schools prove they have technology and broadband capable of handling the computerized tests.

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A $100 million database has been built to chart the academic paths of public school students from kindergarten through high school. In operation just three months, the database already holds files on millions of children identified by name, address, and sometimes social security number. Learning disabilities are documented, test scores recorded, attendance noted. In some cases, the database tracks student hobbies, career goals, attitudes toward school - even homework completion.

3/6/2013

The York County School of Technology budget for 2013-2014 has been approved by 11 school districts and rejected by three. The entire proposed YCST budget is $25.1 million -- slightly more than $21.6 million goes to high school operations and the rest is for the adult education center.

3/6/2013

Educators are experiencing almost relentless pressure to show their effectiveness. Unfortunately, the chief indicator by which most communities judge a school staff's success is student performance on standardized achievement tests.

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Dearborn Heights School District No. 7

Dearborn Heights, Mich.

3/6/2013

The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) has named its “20 to Watch” honors for 2012-2013. These education leaders from across the country are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to incorporate innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality learning environments and more efficient school district operations.

3/6/2013

Jobs and education were the main points in Gov. Rick Scott's third State of the State speech, one that comes as he prepares to seek re-election.

3/6/2013

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for making preschool available to every 4-year-old in America, opening a welcome discussion on whether and how to make the investments needed to realize this vision.

3/6/2013

Advocates asked for more money for school districts, transportation and towns Tuesday at the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee’s first legislative hearing on Governor Christie's proposed $32.9 billion spending plan.

3/6/2013

Grand Rapids Public Schools will hold the policy for its employee health insurance coverage in a move district leaders say will save the district more than $1 million and allow it to solicit better bids from competing insurance companies.

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