K12 Headlines

3/12/2014

3/12/2014

The National School Boards Association's Technology Leadership Network announced its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2013-2014. Ann Flynn, director of education technology, said the common characteristics across honorees include their willingness to take risks, share learnings with colleagues and inspire others to believe that they, too, can effectively use technology.

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Administrators have been drafting new finals guidelines for this fall. The plan calls for mandatory final exams in every subject every semester in addition to taking away exemptions that allow students to bypass final exams if they have a certain grade or attendance record.

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An 11-member panel of educators, legislators, parents and experts is recommending changes to how New York implements Common Core by scuttling standardized testing earlier than the third grade, limiting time for test preparation and protecting student data by severing ties with "cloud" technology firm inBloom.

3/12/2014

In an effort to make college a possibility for all students, particularly students who would be first in their families to attend college, Hobsons announced the release of the Naviance College and Career Readiness Curriculum, a blended learning college and career readiness solution for students in middle and high school.

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Can we create new learning environments where the “whole” of the student experience—offline, online and everything in between—is better than what existed before? At Aspire Titan, a K5 public charter in Huntington Park, Calif., technology helped create the conditions for better offline instruction in the classroom.

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The city is facing a federal civil lawsuit from Success Academy Harlem Central charter school parents who want to keep the city from re-locating students. Success Academy is also filing two complaints regarding the Success Academy City Hall and Success Academy Jamaica.

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With the introduction of a new computer-based standardized exam, technology in each of Montana’s schools—remote schoolhouses and city schools alike—will also be put to the test. State and school officials have been working for more than a year to prepare for the switch.

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Teenagers are biologically driven to sleep-in, stay-up-late schedules—routines that make early school mornings challenging for everybody. What if the remedy lies in making adjustments to their daily schedule requirements?

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Philadelphia's school district plans to designate two additional elementary schools for conversion to charter schools in September. This will be the fifth straight year that failing district schools will be given to charter organizations for turnarounds.

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Just before they were set to appear in court, Butler Public School officials agreed to stop requiring parents to show government-issued identification before registering their children in school. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey sued the Morris County district last week.

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Middle schoolers next year may be assigned to tweet and post Facebook updates as part of social media and internet use classes. New Jersey became the first in the nation to pass a law requiring students in grades six through eight to take a class that will teach the appropriate use of social media sites.

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Oregon recently became the tenth state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. However, there is currently no certification in several science areas, and there is little opportunity for teachers to pursue such training in the college programs that exist now in the state.

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The Latitude 13 Education Series laptop, Dell Mobile Computing Cart upgrade kit and Dell Interactive Projector S520 join the recently introduced Chromebook 11 and Venue tablets to empower teachers, engage students and meet the security and manageability needs of IT support personnel.

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Central Coast New Tech High School's World War I exhibit was the culmination of five weeks of effort, requiring cooperation from ninth- and 10th-grade students in disciplines including biology, mathematics, languages and the arts. Demonstrating the school’s project-based learning philosophy, it included infographics, mock propaganda, poetry written by students and translated into German and plays.

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Local schools, including Barrington High School and Lake County High School's Technology Campus, have now signed on as partners in the new digital manufacturing and design institute to be built in Goose Island, Chicago. A multi-partner team led by UI Labs will receive $320 million from the U.S. Department of Defense and from industry, government and community partners.

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