October 15-17, 2013
October 15-17, 2013
The parents of elementary school students in 19 states -- including Arkansas, Illinois, California and Massachusetts -- are receiving letters regarding something that really isn't a school's business: their children's weight.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.4 million grant to Family Health International in Washington, D.C., to establish the Center on Technology and Disability. The center is a collaborative effort among FHI, American Institutes for Research, and PACER Center, designed to help children with disabilities who need assistive and instructional technology to improve their learning.
Many of us began with a single desktop model when we first started using computers. Later, it was a natural development when we began using multiple devices to get the job done. It seems we are still stuck in one of those two plans. But recently, tablets have given us more reason to rethink, consider, and modify our use. Is it possible to use just one device to do everything again—but this time so much better?
Since 2004, Samsung’s education programs have contributed more than $13 million* in technology to more than 500 public schools in the United States. Samsung continues to support children’s education by providing tools that empower young people to learn through a variety of STEM initiatives, including the company’s Summer Science Camps, Mobile Application Academies and a partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).
Students who work with the Raytheon mentor network report increased interest in academics and improved grade performance. The MathMovesU mentoring programs provide students nationwide with hands-on, project-based learning, one-on-one tutoring, and real-life math and science applications – techniques that are proving highly effective.
The USGS offers free topographic maps for most of the United States and provides 27 suggested topographic map lessons. Ideas include coordinates, scale, and map projections as well as less common things like the analysis of stereo aerial photographs.
A recent start-up event showcased something not everyone associates with business or technology: education. And all the start-ups presenting were aiming to do something truly innovative: make education beneficial to students and at the same time profitable to investors.
Two of South Carolina’s poorest school districts have teamed-up with Furman University to offer high school students a new way to master their three R’s. And as they do, Furman educators plan to use the schools as models to turn around the state’s bottom-dwelling public education system, ranked 47th worst in the nation in high school graduations and, according to one national survey, dead last in student performance.
It’s not every day an entrepreneur gets to sit down and discuss his business plan over lunch with Bill Gates. But that’s exactly what happened to Mick Hewitt, co-founder and CEO of MasteryConnect, an education tech start-up that sees the implementation of Common Core standards as an unparalleled opportunity.
At LearnLaunchX, Boston's education technology accelerator, entrepreneurs pitched products and business plans to a group of more than 150 investors and education industry leaders. The products and plans were developed at LearnLaunchX's immersive, three-month program designed to grow education and learning companies.
Central Washington University’s Special Education Technology Center has received a $360,000 grant for the 2013-2014 academic year to support assistive technology in K12 public schools.
Two-thirds of educators say that a major frustration in searching for instructional materials online is the number of irrelevant results, a 2013 survey found. The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), created by the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons, seeks to solve this problem by providing a framework for describing educational content and products on the web.
Ninth-graders at Scott’s Branch High School in South Carolina began the challenge of designing a poetry cafe by doing something expected in the business world but not so much in the classroom. They signed a contract obligating team members to complete certain tasks and established the team’s process for agreeing on the project’s details, including decorations for the cafe and what food to serve.
Preliminary findings of CoSN's nationwide survey about broadband and the E-Rate show that 99 percent of districts will need greater internet bandwidth and connectivity within the next three years, and more than 90 percent of survey respondents think the current E-Rate program is inadequate for their districts' needs.