K12 Headlines

1/22/2014

1/22/2014

The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books with electronic versions. The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28 percent, up from 23 percent at the end of 2012. At the same time, about seven in 10 Americans reported reading a book in print, up four percentage points after a slight dip in 2012, and 14 percent of adults listened to an audiobook.

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About a dozen people braved the cold temperatures recently to see firsthand how an upcoming referendum would impact technical education at Appleton West High School in Appleton, Wis. The referendum requests $30 million, which would be used to replace outdated technology, perform maintenance projects and cover the salaries and benefits for five instructional technology integrators.

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Already earning college credits and real-world experience, Stillwater, N.Y., high school students in the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School program will get a boost with a $200,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

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The Olympia City Council is considering a resolution to support the school district’s Technology and Capital Projects Levy. If approved, the levy, which will go before voters Feb. 11 in a special election and would generate about $13.2 million total from 2015-18, would fund safety projects and technology enhancements districtwide, including new computers, cameras on buses and devices to assist special education students.

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The first P-TECH programs—Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools—are slated to get under way in September. But already, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to fund an additional 10 schools statewide in addition to the 16 now in development.

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Schools across Orange County in California are rushing to put more technology in the hands of their students, a move fueled in part by new state standards and an increasing expectation that these students will compete in an increasingly digitized workforce after they graduate. Under the Common Core, teachers will be pushing students to research topics on their own using online sources, making access to computers and the internet more important than ever.

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Forty finalists in Intel's Science Talent Search contest have been invited to Washington, D.C., in March to undergo final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for $630,000 in awards, including the top award of $100,000.

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Promethean has unveiled a new suite of educational technology, content development and teacher training solutions designed to significantly improve the quality of learning while motivating students to be more successful, including interactive lesson-plan development and delivery platforms, and next-generation digital classroom surface systems.

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Our society dictates that technology usage is a skill expected both in school and the career marketplace and there is a movement toward providing tablets to all students as a standard educational tool. However, when the power goes off or the computer locks up, does everything come to a standstill, or have students learned enough longhand approaches and reasoning ability to keep going?

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Computer science is driving innovation across all fields, so it makes sense that the Los Angeles Board of Education wants to provide its students with access to the latest technology. Students who develop expertise in computer science will have automatic career advantages. But is the district taking the right steps?

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Leah Kraus, interim chief information officer at UNC-Wilmington, has been appointed to North Carolina Central University’s chief information officer post. Kraus comes to NCCU with more than 20 years of experience in education and technology. She has served as UNC-Wilmington’s interim CIO since 2011 and as associate vice chancellor for services for the past seven years. She will begin her new role on Feb. 3.

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Lori McElroy has been named chief information security officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after serving in a similar role for six years at Texas State University. McElroy will lead an office that will take risk- and metrics-based approaches to information security.

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The city of Modesto’s chief information officer, Bryan M. Sastokas, is leaving to take the same job with the city of Oakland. Under his leadership, Modesto was named a top 10 Digital City for 2011, ’12 and ’13, and received several awards, including the 2012 Quality in IT Practices Award and 2013 Excellence in IT Practices Award.

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November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif.

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June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga.

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