K12 Headlines

11/13/2013

11/13/2013

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is trying to do what Khan Academy, MIT OpenCourseWare, iTunes U, and even Phet Interactive Simulations cannot—let students interact with a real physical experiment.

11/13/2013

In his recent book, Transformation Education, Ron Packard says that brick-and-mortar schools will still exist, but individualized learning will be at the center, with engaging interactive content rather than a series of chalk-and-textbook, grade-delineated classrooms.

11/13/2013

The Center for Copyright Information—backed by copyright groups like the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, among others—is currently developing a curriculum in California to teach elementary schoolers the value of copyrights and the dangers of piracy.

11/13/2013

The Tuscaloosa Board of Education unanimously approved Dennis Duncan as the Alabama system’s new director of career technical education. Duncan has been with the Bibb County School System since 2004, having served as a principal and director of career and technical education.

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If the United States is to prepare its students for success in the modern technology-driven world, more classrooms—in both Rhode Island and the whole nation—need to embrace higher learning outcomes for students made possible by integrating modern technology and quality teaching to create robust digital learning.

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Educators at Beverley Elementary School in Plano, Texas, are using technology to feed students’ natural curiosity and help them overcome challenges, such as fear of speaking in class.

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Just 39 percent of public schools have wireless network access around the entire school. However, within five years, President Barack Obama’s ConnectED initiative hopes to change all that by connecting 99 percent of America’s students through next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless networks in schools.

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School tech directors work hard to introduce tools that are similar to the ones students are using at home, to increase adoption and relevance. Here are five of the latest websites and social networks teens are using today.

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This fourth edition of the handbook provides comprehensive research reviews of new developments in educational technology. It includes examples to guide future research in ed tech, and references to point readers toward the most recent research in the field of educational technology.

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The Troy City School District is working to strengthen its high school tech courses with the help of business partnerships through a new statewide education program. Donna Watson, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said the upper New York district has a need for students to be more college and career ready, and this program will do just that.

11/13/2013

3D-printer company Makerbot is leading a crowdfunding drive to buy 3D printers for every school in America. The push, called Makerbot Academy, will begin with CEO Bre Pettis personally pledging a Makerbot to every public high school in the company’s home town of Brooklyn.

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Beginning in the fall of 2009 and ending in 2012, principals in 73 Miami-Dade schools identified and transferred 375 low-performing teachers “in the best interest” of the school district. The result: Test scores improved notably under new teachers who stepped in to replace those transferred.

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The Buffalo Public Schools’ top administrator in charge of school turnaround plans has been forced to resign a day after state officials told district leaders about serious problems in instruction, leadership and Central Office support at three underachieving schools.

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Dozens of pre-kindergartners were suspended last school year in Maryland, with the most suspensions in Baltimore, highlighting a little-known practice that some education experts say is too extreme for toddlers who are just being introduced to educational settings.

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