K12 Headlines

3/19/2014

3/19/2014

First responders are getting a new, high-tech tool designed to help police and firefighters, and keep students safer when emergencies occur in the Benicia USD's schools. Valued at $70,000, the pilot program was provided for free and will arm local first responders with detailed, high-resolution digital school maps on their computers.

3/19/2014

Some of the tech tools and apps that parents use to help them navigate raising kids in our wired world include Life 360, ZocDoc, Pearl.com and others.

3/19/2014

Oklahoma State University is the only university in the state and one of just 40 in the nation to be selected by the National Math and Science Initiative and UTeach Institute to prepare STEM teachers for elementary and secondary education. The initiative will be supported by 2 million in grants and there are plans to raise an additional $1 million.

3/19/2014

Bridging the “new digital divide” shouldn’t be an insurmountable political issue. Instead, it should be about reframing and reforming our educational pedagogy, positioning technological literacy as a way to combat growing inequality and provide an American economy with a workforce equipped to compete.

3/19/2014

Although Washington ranks first in the nation for creating jobs that require STEM skills, we’re not doing a good job of preparing and inspiring the next generation to compete for them. Those good-paying jobs often require a strong high school education, a technical certificate or a wide range of postsecondary degrees. That forces our companies to recruit from elsewhere and leaves our kids on the outside looking in.

3/19/2014

What role should K12 public education play in the job readiness of its graduates? Answering this question first requires addressing the proper role of public education. Some believe in education for education's sake; that no further explanation is required. Others prefer simple yet more-expansive descriptions of the role of public education.

3/19/2014

Digital Learning Now!, a national initiative of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, released its 2013 Digital Learning Report Card measuring and grading K12 policies in all 50 states. In 2013, over 450 digital learning bills were debated and 132 were signed into law, bringing the total of enacted legislation since 2011 to more than 360.

3/19/2014

In a new nationwide survey of more than 600 K12 teachers, 50 percent reported inadequate assistance when using technology in the classroom. Educators cited a lack of support in facing technical issues and implementing new hardware or software.

3/19/2014

Adam Kemp, lab director at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, was named the Star of the Month by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. Last fall, Kemp’s students completed work on the TJ3Sat satellite, which was launched into orbit by NASA in November. It was the first spacecraft built by high school students to orbit the Earth.

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March 19-22, 2014

Washington, D.C.

3/19/2014

The seven-year implementation plan to put laptops/tablets in the hands of all Baltimore County school students starting this fall cleared a hurdle when the school board approved a $205 million contract.

3/19/2014

Drone simulations are being used to spark students' interest in technology careers through a new course at a southwestern Ohio high school. Students at Springfield's Greenon High School simulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to learn technology skills that can be used in a variety of industries.

3/19/2014

Utah House and Senate leaders have finally come to an agreement on the over $13 billion state budget following failed negotiations on a $200 million school technology initiative proposed by House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart.

3/19/2014

As a private online collaborative environment, Chalk.com creates a school- and districtwide professional learning community, giving educators the ability to share resources, hold discussions and work together.

3/19/2014

The Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) and Capstone's myON are partnering to support educators who are integrating technology into literacy instruction. They are co-sponsoring a free trial of myON’s enhanced digital books in the four states served by NCCE: Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

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