K12 Headlines

3/19/2014

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.

3/19/2014

The Springfield district now has 10 times the bandwidth to support laptops and other mobile devices in its 1-to-1, paperless learning environment for more than 2,400 students across five schools.

3/19/2014

Hooda Math, a K12-targeted online math resource, has released more than 50 free, non-Flash games that are also compatible with every device.

3/19/2014

Isygames released The Amazing Digestive Journey—an interactive learning adventure game about the digestive process and how it works. The virtual journey through the human digestive system includes quizzes and simulations exploring the fundamental concepts of anatomy and physiology.

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