June 28-July 1, 2014
June 28-July 1, 2014
Silicon Valley is widely regarded as the birthplace and nursery of digital innovation. Technology continuously arising from the Valley is substantial, and these leaps forward have fundamentally changed the way our world functions and thinks. There is a compelling argument that this model should be expanded to include education policy, where there exists a strong need to foster innovation, not limit it.
The Baldwin County Public School System has been recognized by Digital Promise/ The League of Innovative Schools. Digital Promise praises the school system’s “community-based approach to innovation” and gives an overview of the district's efforts to launch the Digital Renaissance Leadership Academy in the midst of the recession and subsequent budget cuts.
Specialized education apps that can tutor students and allow them to work at their own pace have proven priceless in the changing educational landscape. “We have learned a lot and we keep learning,” said Eric Mitchell, who oversees technology for the district.
November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.
Many towns in Connecticut and beyond began taking a closer look at their own security after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last Dec. 14. This increased vigilance is on full view just 25 miles from Newtown in Fairfield, where the local police have found new ways to help schools and the community at large thwart potential violence.
The $1 billion push to provide every student and teacher at Los Angeles USD with an iPad is attracting a lot attention. Schools have been overwhelmed in recent years by oversold, ill-designed and frustrating new gizmos. Questions about whether dollars allocated to new technology are being spent wisely deserve serious consideration.
Technology is everywhere when students at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, Calif., are in math class. The classroom iPads, says teacher Mike Doroquez, are "totally engaging to the kids. They love it and you can see their eyes just open when they see technology on the big screen."
While revolution might start at the Board of Education, City Hall, Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley, the real transformation in education -- the kind that counts -- will always happen inside the classroom. If meaningful, deliberative changes in learning and teaching don't take root there, they can't grow.
Coding in K-12 schools has gained momentum over the last two years.But as we rush to bring coding to our schools, questions emerge: Do we need ‘coding’ teachers? Who will teach computer programming to our students?
Just in time for the holidays, Texas is making sure everyone remembers that wishing someone "Merry Christmas" is now protected by law in its public schools — and conservatives are hoping similar measures will gain momentum across America.
Some 200 advocates marched to the Newark Public Schools offices and to City Hall in a rally organized by Newark Student Union, New Jersey Communities United, and local unions to spotlight the failing policies of Superintendent Cami Anderson and state officials who have control over the district.
Louisiana school districts are expected to be ready now for state-mandated online testing that begins next year, but an in-house technology assessment shows that the Rapides Parish School District still needs hundreds of thousands of dollars to get there.
To properly teach students using technology, West Geauga Superintendent Geoffrey Palmer says that teachers must first incorporate technology into their PD. Palmer suggests hiring a technology specialist to achieve that goal.
A recent study conducted by McGraw-Hill Education found what many students could likely confirm—technology helps students study, but also encourages procrastination. According to the study, more than 50 percent of students felt “better prepared for classes” and had “improved studying efficiency” due to technologies that aided them in their studies.