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6/27/2013

6/27/2013
The state forced the district to ban its ethnic studies courses after a judge found the classes violated state law. Meanwhile, the feds are ordering TUSD to improve the quality of education for minorities as part of its desegregation order.
6/27/2013
About 150 teachers, parents and students boarded three buses in Pittsburgh Tuesday morning headed to Harrisburg as part of a rally of more than 800 at the State Capitol to protest Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget cuts to education.
6/27/2013
The bill was passed around the Senate multiple times with intentions to delay implementation until the 2014-15 school year. After multiple amendments, however, the bill approved by the House on June 4 requires implementation this fall, with a full roll-out over the next two years.
6/27/2013
The State Senate and Assembly unanimously approved a bill last week that would require audits of every special-education prekindergarten contractor by 2018.
6/27/2013
With the partnership, students and faculty can use Open Badges to promote their achievements within Blackboard Learn™ courses and across the Web using Mozilla’s Open Badges Infrastructure, the most widely used format and only open and shared technical standard for badging and credentialing.
6/27/2013
State school board member Mary Scott Hunter said today she regrets that the state's new list of so-called "failing schools" identified under the Alabama Accountability Act includes those that have made significant improvement in recent years.

6/26/2013

6/26/2013
Broward schools are falling behind when it comes to technology and there's not much they can do about it. The School Board's capital budget pays for technology, transportation, and large construction projects. But with only $35 million to fix a growing number of deteriorating schools, replace an aging bus fleet, and secure school campuses, there's not much left for computer upgrades.
6/26/2013
More than 1,600 teachers have signed up for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools summer teacher institute, which runs through June 28. Speakers include national technology innovators Rushton Hurley, a former teacher who has created a free library of educational videos, and Travis Allen, a college student who created the nonprofit iSchool Initiative to help teachers become digital learners.
6/26/2013
For the first time at the International Society of Technology in Education's (ISTE) annual conference, McGraw-Hill Education is presenting its latest digital solutions that address two of the most important issues and trends in K12 education: the Common Core State Standards and the rise of personalized teaching and learning through technology.
6/26/2013
To help teachers navigate the exploding world of ed tech apps and games, the nonprofit Common Sense Media is rolling out a ‘Consumer Reports’-like reviews site.
6/26/2013
The long-term future of the state’s economy will hinge on Utah’s ability to develop and educate the next generation of skilled information technology professionals that will fill the growing number of high-tech jobs being produced in the Beehive State. That's the message from the head of the state’s largest trade organization for the technology industry sector.
6/26/2013
There has been a significant growth in the emergence of smart classrooms. This report discusses the worldwide market forecast for education technology and the smart classroom market for the 2013-2018 period.
6/26/2013
The Sielox Class Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System, which is specially designed for schools, uses maps, emails, and text messages to provide real-time classroom updates to administrators and first responders. Learn more about this product and others from Panasonic, Smith System, Badgetec, and Optoma.
6/26/2013
Schools are not getting their money's worth from technology, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress. While computers and internet access are common in the classroom, students are often using this technology for simple foundational exercises, rather than for higher-order data analysis or statistics work that will help prepare them for the modern workforce. This issue is most prevalent in schools with primarily low-income students, further widening the digital divide.
6/26/2013
Whether it's a class lecture, an auditorium concert, or an evening football game, the proper speakers, microphones, and lights in these environments can make for clearer communication, increased engagement, and an overall enhanced learning experience for teachers, students, and the school community. Here are some of the newest products on the market.

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