K12 Headlines

8/20/2014

8/20/2014

According to a new poll, 40 percent of teachers said they opposed the Common Core. The new poll's figures are more than triple the 12 percent who said they were against the standards in 2013. Public opposition to the Common Core also has increased. While 65 percent supported the Common Core in 2013, a slim majority —​ 53 percent — expressed approval in 2014.

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BYOD has led to BYOA — bring-your-own-app. Perhaps even more so than devices, apps are proving serious threats to school IT networks, especially as students and teachers become increasingly dependent on them. All of the data being uploaded, downloaded and streamed through these apps can put great strain on those networks and open them up to security threats.

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Instead of essays and book reports, more schools are turning toward multimedia projects in the classroom to make lessons more engaging and even promote tolerance and stem the tide of bullying and tolerance.

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The city of Ammon, in conjunction with District 93, law enforcement and a Virginia-based tech company, are testing out a system they say will alert them to gunmen on school campuses. The Shotpoint acoustic shot detection system uses a series of sensors mounted on ceilings throughout the school. Each sensor is equipped with four microphones, which can detect the sound of gunshots.

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Duval County schools are embarking on a three-year plan to invest $58 million in technology. Every classroom in the county's 160 schools will have a dedicated source to access the internet while all teachers will be getting new laptops. All middle schools will be getting interactive technology with portable touch-screen monitors.

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New gadgets and mobile apps introduced in the past few years are making reading, writing and math more accessible to students with learning disabilities. Text-to-speech apps like Voice Dream Reader, Read2Go and Notability; speech-to-text computer programs like Dragon Naturally Speaking; and smart pens like Echo have changed the way students comprehend lessons in areas they normally struggle.

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It is an entrepreneur's duty to help foster an interest in technology in women and other underrepresented groups at an early age by actively engaging with local community groups, schools, educational institutions and established organizations, such as Girls Who Code or Black Girls Code.

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The Loveland City School District in Ohio announced the addition of David Knapp to its administrative team as the new technology director. He most recently served as a technology instructional coach with the Hamilton City School District.

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Cabarrus County Schools in North Carolina has partnered with Knovation. Starting this fall, more than 30,000 students will have access to Knovation’s digital content for science, math and English language classes. The district is also working with Knovation’s Curriculum Service team to align digital resources to the curriculum for core subject areas and grade levels.

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November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

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October 30-November 2, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

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October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

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All the incoming freshmen at one high school and 150 freshmen and sophmores at another high school in Greenville County will learn in project-based learning classrooms rebuilt to enable students to work digitally on real-world projects in small groups.

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Teachers reported a multitude of problems with Los Angeles Unified's new MiSiS grading and attendance recording system during the first week of school. With the new technology struggling, school teachers were asked to take manual attendance. The new system comes after district administrators dropped a previous system they spent $38.3 million to develop.

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The companies who offer the most capable, cost-efficient education-tailored hardware and software are likely to see the classrooms and students of the future adopting their devices. Some of the most visible companies offering educational tools and hardware are Google, which recently released its newest tool, Classroom, Apple with more than 75,000 education apps and Facebook, which is piloting a program to provide free WiFi access to students’ homes.

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