K12 Headlines

3/26/2014

3/26/2014

The wireless networks at six Alabama high schools are now humming at full power after administrators figured out how to prevent a new wave of new smartphones, tablets and other devices from overwhelming bandwidth capacity.

3/26/2014

A carnival with a twist is coming to the West coast this spring. Students will navigate a laser maze and measure their strength in volts—all while learning engineering skills. The STEAM Carnival was created by Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based engineering and entertainment company that creates high-tech games.

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Indiana's Fairfield district is planning on restructuring its schools to use the STEAM model for all grades starting in 2015. Elementary schools would see the biggest change, with two schools focusing on STEAM and a third on practical arts. Parents will be able to choose what learning model would be best for their child.

3/26/2014

To bring the technology infrastructure of Hamilton County Schools up to speed, school officials say they must spend millions more annually to hire new teachers, administrators and technicians. A new three-year plan calls for eventually spending nearly $4 million more a year above the costs of new devices.

3/26/2014

As part of its digital transformation, the Washington School District is looking at purchasing a learning management system (LMS) to be implemented districtwide to support communications among teachers, students, parents and administrators. The search has been narrowed from 20 systems to two companies.

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Silicon Valley—and beyond—needs students to stay in school, graduate and become playful, courageous innovators and responsible citizens. The 21st century demands tech tolerance, not equating technology with trouble.

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Discovery Education’s Discovery Educator Network (DEN) will be going on a road trip to 12 U.S. and Canadian cities with its 2014 DENapalooza tour, a series of no cost ed tech professional development events taking place over the next eight months.

3/26/2014

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released the findings from its second annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey, which reveal that one in three districts report budget increases for this year. This marks an upward swing compared to 2013, when nearly 80 percent of school district IT leaders predicted flat or declining budgets.

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Ed tech startup AltSchool Inc. has raised $33 million to expand its elementary and middle school services. It currently runs several “micro-schools” in the San Francisco Bay area, leasing school building space and operating the schools with its own personnel and proprietary software.

3/26/2014

Commissioners voted to give over $1 million to Jackson-Madison County Schools to fund the beginning phase of a long-range technology plan. In addition to a reading mastery program, the initial pilot program will cover funding for access points, hardware costs, digital resources and professional development.

3/26/2014

By 2015, students at Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School will have an iPad or Google Chromebook after the school won a share of a $5 million technology grant. Receiving about $850 per student, the Battle Creek public elementary school will share the grant with 13 other schools across Michigan.

3/26/2014

Exposing students to coding from an early age helps to demystify an area that can be intimidating. It also breaks down stereotypes of computer scientists as boring geeks. Plus programming is highly creative: Studying it can help to develop problem-solving abilities and equip students for a world transformed by technology.

3/26/2014

Brooklyn International is one of 10 New York City high schools receiving support from a new Department of Education program designed to boost innovation. The program, called Digital Ready, offers resources to the chosen high schools as they experiment with new tools, partnerships and methods of instruction and assessment.

3/26/2014

Two state lawmakers are sponsoring legislation that would place selection of the board members of the state’s three vocational/technical districts in the hands of voting citizens. Currently, the boards are all appointed by the governor with each member of the seven-member boards serving a seven-year term.

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November 4-7, 2014

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