K12 Headlines

2/19/2015

2/19/2015

The right combination of educational media and technology, far from being a brain drain, can have a positive and immediate impact on learning.

2/19/2015

By making it unnecessarily difficult for high-quality professionals to enter the classroom, and equally difficult for neighborhood schools to fill teaching vacancies, unions protect their members from competition while protecting profit from dues.

2/19/2015

In what’s become a re-enactment of a misguided pursuit a decade ago, some state lawmakers want to prohibit student access to public school sex education classes without parental consent. The current policy, in which local school boards decide whether schools have an “opt-in” or “opt-out” option, works and doesn’t need to change.

2/19/2015

The free mobile application, TeachBack, has been launched nationwide for iPhone and Android. TeachBack is a classroom education tool that gathers structured feedback from students about their educators’ lessons, lectures and overall class experiences.

2/19/2015

A bill has been advanced that would provide more money for school construction but also would suspend wage rules. The bill would allow school boards to extend construction bonds beyond the period approved by voters and would clear the way for projects to ease overcrowding.

2/19/2015

Absolute Software Corporation incorporated a new security feature, Device Freeze Offline Policy, for its Absolute Computrace product. This capability allows IT to set an automated freeze command for any device that remains offline for a specific period of time or is unassigned or misplaced.

2/19/2015

Cree, Inc. introduced field-adjustable color temperature for its SmartCast Technology-enabled CR Series LED troffers. The SmartCast Technology, combined with Cree's TrueWhite Technology, allows for better color quality, consistency and flexibility to control illumination.

2/19/2015

The legality of teaching Advanced Placement courses in Oklahoma public schools was raised during a House Common Education Committee hearing. The proposed bill would direct the state Board of Education to review the AP U.S. history guidelines and bar the use of state funds for these courses.

2/19/2015

An increasing number of high school seniors are taking advantage of early admission programs. The number of colleges offering earlier deadlines has increased by about 7 percent in the last five years, according to the College Board. And most of those colleges report that they are receiving more early applications.

2/19/2015

The findings of a survey that asked more than 300 school districts about their financial health were released. The report shows that a few things have hurt schools financially over the past decade: pension obligations, funding for charter and cyber schools, and limits on property tax hikes.

2/18/2015

2/18/2015

If indeed, after a decade of studying the human brain, we know the arts enhance math and science comprehension, we must begin changing the curriculum to be using the arts and art integration, namely teaching through the arts.

2/18/2015

The upgraded XpressConnect Enrollment System 4.0 has been launched for both on-premise and cloud-based customers. The 4.0 release builds upon XpressConnect’s track record of certificate provisioning and Wi-Fi onboarding across a wide array of unmanaged (BYOD) and managed devices.

2/18/2015

The Lexitab Neon XL Tablet features a double interface for adults and a Lexibook Kids OS designed for younger users. The tablet gives users access to Lexibook Market's 26,000 educational apps and Google Play.

2/18/2015

Shmoop’s catalog of thousands of videos can be accessed via their video library, ShmoopTube, and are also embedded throughout their site to help visual and auditory learners stay apace in the text-heavy internet world. The videos cover topics from literature and history to science, math, grammar and computer science.

2/18/2015

The state’s Education Oversight Committee is evaluating the technological divide between school districts as the state moves to online end-of-year testing for every school. Less than 4 percent of South Carolina’s 81 districts report having a device available for every student.

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