One middle school in the Los Angeles USD found a budget-friendly way to give students access to high-quality education technology by purchasing MacBooks and iMacs from Mac to School, a K12 provider of refurbished Apple devices.
Michael Dardaris, the principal of the new tech-focused early college high school that will open this fall at Jansen Avenue School, says he's excited about the program, which will help prepare 50 local students in ninth grade through the second year of college for high-skill jobs.
The Board of Education of Township High School District 214, the state's second largest high school district, has appointed Dan Weidner as the district administrator for career and technical education.
Clearly, dictating to digital natives that they “power down” in school is a huge turn-off. Yet many adults express concern that students won’t be able to learn as effectively in classrooms that are fundamentally different from their own experiences.
zSpace, Inc. and Los Altos School District announced a pilot program in STEM education that will bring immersive 3D learning stations to students in third through eighth grade. The students will learn about earth, space, physical and life sciences.
Three districts plan to use Pennsylvania school safety grants to buy high-tech door locks that can be programmed to bar even those with access cards from entering at the wrong time. The districts also will install metal detectors as well as new computer software that can scan a driver’s license and do a quick background check on visitors.
Visual communications technology manufacturer InFocus Corporation launched its latest low-cost line of projectors, the IN120a series with 3 models, which can display content without being hooked up to a computer.
Extron introduced Global Configurator Professional, a new configuration software for control systems and applications that range in scope from single projector classrooms to large, elaborate control system designs.
Technologists should be encouraged to think creatively about solutions that can be adapted for the classroom-and not to automatically buy solutions offered up by companies pitching schools with their products, says Mark Samberg of Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.
Debate has begun on a Utah tech bill that currently calls for $200 million in one-time and ongoing funding. Though some lawmakers are skeptical the budget allows for that level of expense this year, a committee has voted to move the bill to the full House.