K12 Headlines

10/8/2014

10/8/2014

Toys make it possible to make early impressions on children, even when they don't have mentors. Storytelling toys are even better at this, because they create emotion and ignite imagination. Yet many of the toys and apps that our kids are playing with do nothing to encourage an early love of science.

10/8/2014

Snow and frigid temperatures might not stop students from schoolwork under a new program being piloted by the state education department. The Flexible Instructional Days program will allow schools to use non-traditional methods like technology to deliver instruction when circumstances such as bad weather keep students from being in the classroom.

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The city's schools will be equipped with new solar cells with $23 million in funding from New York City. An additional $5 million dollars from the state has been procured under the NY-Sun Initiative. The new devices will be installed at two dozen public schools.

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Technology plus teacher training is part of an initiative launched at the University of Vermont five years ago with a $5 million grant from the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation. The results in about a dozen Vermont middle schools were so encouraging that the Tarrants have come back with another $5 million gift to expand the program.

10/8/2014

The California district's school officials approved spending $850,000 on technology-geared projects and personnel. Burbank Unified has been equipping classrooms with modern projectors, document cameras, voice amplification systems and control boxes. The district will also hire TELACU to oversee technology installation in 881 classrooms before September 2016.

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Many one-to-one initiatives fail to meet their objective, unless the objective is merely to give students technology and hope that they will figure it out from there. A more effective program begins with defining curriculum goals before purchasing technology, piloting the new technology, offering professional development and devising a roll-out plan.

10/8/2014

School visitors are no longer just writing their names in a notebook when they sign in. Districts are now scanning fingerprints and eyes to check if a visitor or contractor has a criminal record. Beyond security, visitor management systems can provide data such as the most visited teacher or who is in the building in case of an emergency.

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Dover's six-year capital spending plan, which includes dozens of projects and equipment purchases totaling more than $156 million, includes an $18 million career and technical center upgrade. Sharing the cost of the upgrade with the state, the city will pay 25 percent, or about $3.9 million.

10/8/2014

Nonprofit Kansas City Women in Technology created Tech sHeroes, a program focused on encouraging middle school girls to explore careers in technology. The 12-week initiative, which kicked off this September for seventh- and eighth-grade girls in the Shawnee Mission School District, will explore programming robot balls to prototyping mobile applications to learning Javascript.

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For high school teams from Louisiana to New York, the football hit has become a tech crunch, and a sport for teen boys has ballooned, by one estimate, into a $3 billion investment nationally — spending partly fueled by the leap in game-deployed technology.

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Educators and industry leaders must collaborate to introduce young people to modern manufacturing and the STEM subjects that will prepare them to succeed. Real-world experiences with business and industry are an important part of making this connection.

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October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

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InFocus Corporation launched LiteShow 4, an adapter that wirelessly connects digital content from computers and mobile devices to nearly any projector or display. LiteShow 4 adds 1080p high-definition output capabilities, HDMI connectivity and refined presentation from mobile devices with the MirrorOp app.

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SAT scores dipped in Georgia this year, with students scoring an average of 1445 in 2014, down from last year’s average score of 1452. The overall national average for 2014 was 1497. More Georgia students took the exam this year — 77 percent of Georgia seniors, a 2.1 percent increase compared to 2013.

10/8/2014

Studying the full scope of the nation's past in its many facets helps students understand the time, struggle and conflicting interests that shaped the young republic. All those who appreciate the complexity of history should continue their efforts to include as many viewpoints. Surely that is better than a course that sugarcoats controversy and protest and stresses patriotic platitudes.

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