K12 Headlines

7/23/2014

7/23/2014

Blackboard plans to launch a new version of its flagship learning environment that is delivered via the public cloud. The public cloud delivery option of the company's learning and synchronous collaboration environment will be fully available later this summer.

7/23/2014

The Springfield City School District board has approved a $6 million technology plan. The plan calls for the addition of laptops for every high school student in 2016 and for students in grades four through six in 2017.

7/23/2014

Tiny House is hi-tech, hyper-efficient and very small. As part of a broader sustainability education experience, students at the Key School in Annapolis have been working on the house to demonstrate the latest sustainable building materials and green technology, including solar electricity, rainwater filtration and innovative design to maximize space and efficiency.

7/23/2014

Helmet maker Riddell approached North Little Rock High's football team about trying a new helmet sensor that can alert trainers when athletes may have sustained a concussion. It's a brand new technology that only a handful of schools around the country are using.

7/23/2014

A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.

7/23/2014

With new, smarter building technology to control energy use, school leaders can reduce their carbon footprint and use the money saved to fund projects that may have suffered from budget cuts. U.S. schools spend more on energy than they do “on computers and textbooks combined,” according to a past report by Energy Star.

7/23/2014

AT&T made contributions totaling $50,000 to support two Pennsylvania programs. Its contribution to Lehigh University will help launch a two-week, residential engineering and technology program for high school students. In addition, AT&T 's support at Carnegie Mellon will go toward a summer residential program that introduces high school students to STEM careers.

7/23/2014

MIT Blossoms, one of the most exciting and effective uses of educational technology to help high school students learn math and science, doesn’t boast the latest in artificial intelligence or adaptive algorithms. Its secret weapon is, rather, a canny understanding of human psychology—both students’ and teachers’.

7/23/2014

Art programs in schools are usually the first to be cut in times of budgetary constraints, but technological innovations have presented creative students with opportunities dubbed “cyberarts.” Cyberart can make students more computer literate as well as spark their imaginations.

7/23/2014

Great new things are happening regarding technology in the classroom, but some worry schools are focusing on programs, purchases and freebies without considering future restrictions on learning goals.

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November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

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October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

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October 2-3, 2014
Rohnert Park, Calif.

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September 19-22, 2014
Kissimmee, Fla.

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The New Castle school district has brought Emily Sanders to fill its information technology director position. Most recently, she was a department chair assistant and teaching assistant at the University of Pittsburgh.

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