March 19-22, 2014
March 19-22, 2014
Technology is the cure for what ails you—at least as far as learning in the public school classroom goes. So goes the argument from Santa Fe Public Schools administrators, who want the Board of Education to approve a 1.5 mill levy tax so that the district can spend some $55 million over five years to make Santa Fe schools technology smart. It’s a lot of money.
Online literacy programs are made more engaging by interactive activities and can personalize learning by tailoring reading assignments to students’ interests. Here are some programs to help struggling readers reach grade level.
Nancy Bennett, a former entertainment executive and television producer and director, has founded the Two Bit Circus, a think tank that will never be confused with the Brookings Institution, but whose latest project may be just as relevant. The project, STEAM Carnival, is a reinvention of a traveling amusement show, aimed at sparking an interest in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math—or STEAM—among children.
Two K12 tech and service providers, Blackboard and Pearson, announced a collaboration to improve the integration and flow of data between their complementary K12 solutions.
Hooda Math, a K12 provider of web-based math games, announced the release of more than 50 free games, from basic skill practice to brain-challenging escape games. Each game is non-Flash-based and compatible with any web-enabled mobile device.
Ed tech organization LearnLaunch, along with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will cosponsor the second annual “Across Boundaries” conference focused on utilizing ed tech to improve K12 and higher education outcomes.
By the end of last week, 800 Bayonne, N.J., students were expected to be roaming the hallways with books in hand and, if all goes according to plan, carrying new Google Chromebooks. A few months ago, the Bayonne school district went wireless in all its classrooms to prepare for the new digital state tests.
Penn Manor High School recently distributed more than 1,700 laptop computers to its students for use in the classroom in the largest 1-to-1 student laptop program of any school district in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. Every student in grades nine through 12 received a custom-designed Acer computer, carrying case, charger and mouse.
Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart unveiled her plan to invest up to $300 million for technology in schools, but a soon-to-be released report suggests the price tag to put devices in every Utah student’s hands might actually be much steeper. A draft of the report, from a work group associated with the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, pegs the cost of 1-to-1 devices in Utah schools at as much as $750 million for the first year.
In partnership with its state associations, the National School Boards Association has launched www.standup4publicschools.org, a new national campaign to highlight the success of public education.
House committee members expressed some support for a bill prompted by a reporter’s efforts to test security at Kirkwood High School that resulted in a lockdown last month.
The Orleans Parish School Board and state Recovery School District are finalizing a cooperative agreement spelling out who will handle various citywide education services and potentially shifting several functions to the local board.
City lawmakers said that they were shocked by newly published reports of school violence and plan to hold hearings to address the hundreds of injury claims filed by teachers.
The challenges of rural schools are many of the same (though not all) that low-income public schools face across the country: inadequate access to technology and broadband, tight budgets, and educators who have not been trained in using technology in meaningful ways. But these hurdles did not deter Daisy Dyer Duerr, Prek-12 Principal of St. Paul Public Schools in St. Paul, Ark.