K12 Headlines

1/15/2014

1/15/2014

The Elk River, Minn., school board is discussing eliminating eighth grade health classes and reducing the number of mandatory high school physical education classes to make room for tech classes that will better prepare students to compete for jobs and get into college.

1/15/2014

In an election-year State of the State Address dominated by jobs, tax cuts and economic development, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo managed to slip in a few big promises for education. During the homestretch of an hour-long speech, Cuomo trumpeted universal pre-K and plans to funnel $2 billion to classroom tech upgrades and to offer bonuses for highly-rated teachers. But those plans didn’t exactly bowl everyone over.

1/15/2014

The Connecticut bond commission has approved $22.6 million in borrowing to help districts purchase computers and other electronics. The new technology is part of an effort to help students meet the requirements of the Common Core standards.

1/15/2014

Bluford Grade School is one of 22 Illinois schools to receive funds from the School Technology Revolving Loan program. The loans, which are administered by the Illinois State Board of Education, last for three years and charge a 2 percent interest rate.

1/15/2014

When people talk about how to diversify the tech field, a common solution is, "Start earlier." Rather than focus on getting women and minorities hired at tech start-ups or encouraging them to major in computer science in college, there should be a push to turn them on to the discipline when they're still teenagers—or even younger.

1/15/2014

In today’s world, it isn’t the kids who have to adjust to the ever-changing technological advances being made on virtually an hourly basis. It is the teachers and the parents, because the kids are way ahead of the learning curve. At Hillel Academy, the middle school students are learning technology now that didn’t exist when their parents were in school.

1/15/2014

Rosalie Rucker’s students may only be half-way through the first grade, but they’re no strangers to STEM careers. Recently, Rucker’s “Little Engineers” took a field trip from Whitman Elementary School in Turnersville, N.J., to Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township for a look at how robotic technologies help save lives every day.

1/15/2014

To get the right answers, ask the right questions. That's how every purchase of digital equipment should begin, says Suhail Baloch, technology director for West Jefferson Hills School District. Baloch tells everyone what the right questions are in his Technology Buying Guide for 2013, which is posted on the district's website.

1/14/2014

1/14/2014

Hitachi’s projectors (purchased by the school district through Troxell Communications) offer dozens of advanced capabilities, such as highly intuitive operation and an unprecedented level of interactivity, that make teaching more effective and efficient and learning more engaging.

1/14/2014

The four finalists are Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade Public Schools; Terry Grier, Houston Independent School District; Kevin Maxwell, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (Maryland).; and Michele Taylor, Calhoun City Schools (Georgia).

1/14/2014

The GLPDN uses the Diagnostic Teaching Model (DTM) developed by the International Reading Association, a worldwide membership association of reading teachers and literacy researchers, to support the training of literacy instructors in developing countries.

1/14/2014

The city of La Villa says the school district owes it more than $58,000. The city shut water off to the district shortly before Christmas, more than a year after the long-festering dispute began.

1/14/2014

St. Paul’s work appears to be just what the Obama administration ordered with its new guidelines, issued Jan. 8, urging districts to scrap potentially discriminatory practices and employ strategies that include counseling and cultural-awareness training.

1/14/2014

Experts say many teens are struggling with untreated mental illness -- yet, school officials around the country are grappling with the best way to offer mental health services in a patchwork, underfunded system.

1/14/2014

While cuts and bruises were the most common injuries at 40 percent, fractures accounted for 12 percent, brain injuries for 10 percent and sprains and strains another 7 percent. The vast majority of injuries — 96 percent — were the result of an assault.

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