K12 Headlines

8/27/2014

8/27/2014

Acer America announced its new Acer Chromebox CXI line, ideal for school systems that don’t require a mobile platform and who are either invested in or want to leverage the Google Chrome system. Two Acer Chromebox models with compact chassis will be available late next month: the CXI-2GKM with 2GB memory and the CXI-4GKM with 4GB memory.​

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September 30-October 3, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

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September 19-22, 2014
Kissimmee, Fla.

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Children who spend more than four hours a day on their mobile phone perform significantly worse on school tests than those who are limited to just 30 minutes, a Japanese government survey has found. Grade scores suffered an average 14 percentage points across all subjects while the deficit rose to over 18 points in mathematics.

8/27/2014

Cass Tech High School will become Detroit’s first International Baccalaureate diploma program, according to Detroit Public Schools. Students in the program will engage in an extended essay writing project, take a course in critical thinking and complete programs in creativity, action and service.

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Schools that can’t afford new technology may cause young students to lag behind their peers at affluent schools. The Educational Technology Foundation of Western New York, a volunteer group, installs computers and laptops, donated by local businesses and companies, to underserved schools and community centers.

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Fairland Elementary students are reaping the benefits of a $40,000 Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust grant that will be used to purchase new iPad Minis for third, fourth and fifth graders. In addition, the school also received professional teacher development training valued at $25,000.

8/27/2014

Metro Nashville Public Schools’ decision not to buy new social studies textbooks when they were due to be replaced has sparked much discussion about the future of textbooks. It is evident that our leaders and educators are looking to the future and helping our students prepare for tomorrow by experimenting with and using a variety of tools to enhance the educational experience.

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

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

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.

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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.

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Voyager Sopris Learning's fourth edition of Step Up to Writing has been released for grades 3–5. The new grade band focuses on foundational writing skills, including learning basic technology skills and grade-level proficient and advanced writing skills.

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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.

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