K12 Headlines

8/21/2014

8/21/2014

Starting with this fall’s high school freshman class, public school students in New Jersey will be required to learn CPR and how to use defibrillators in order to graduate.

8/21/2014

Most Dallas-area educators won’t be armed this school year despite a new state law that allows concealed handguns on school campuses. For the most part, school district police departments have focused on ramping up current campus security — fortifying doors and installing more cameras — instead of arming teachers.

8/21/2014

A state commission charged with recommending a school funding formula heard testimony this week about the history and complexity of paying for public education in the state. The vast majority of Pennsylvania school business officials, board members and superintendents responding to a survey by state education associations said predictability is very important in a funding formula.

8/21/2014

LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. has debuted the Learning Friends brand, a new collection of friendly characters for children ages 2-5 years old. Featuring 11 animal school friends, the characters help children prepare for their first days of school through pretend play and fun dialogue.

8/21/2014

Schneider Electric announced that Vista USD became the third of San Diego County’s 42 school districts to have its Proposition 39 Energy Expenditure Plan approved by the California Energy Commission. The district will receive $4.7 million that will be used for a variety of energy efficiency retrofits.

8/21/2014

The State Allocation Board announced that it has awarded approximately $193.9 million for school construction projects throughout the state. It awarded approximately $100.5 million for 34 School Facility Program projects within 21 school districts statewide.

8/20/2014

8/20/2014

BYOD has led to BYOA — bring-your-own-app. Perhaps even more so than devices, apps are proving serious threats to school IT networks, especially as students and teachers become increasingly dependent on them. All of the data being uploaded, downloaded and streamed through these apps can put great strain on those networks and open them up to security threats.

8/20/2014

The companies who offer the most capable, cost-efficient education-tailored hardware and software are likely to see the classrooms and students of the future adopting their devices. Some of the most visible companies offering educational tools and hardware are Google, which recently released its newest tool, Classroom, Apple with more than 75,000 education apps and Facebook, which is piloting a program to provide free WiFi access to students’ homes.

8/20/2014

Instead of essays and book reports, more schools are turning toward multimedia projects in the classroom to make lessons more engaging and even promote tolerance and stem the tide of bullying and tolerance.

8/20/2014

The city of Ammon, in conjunction with District 93, law enforcement and a Virginia-based tech company, are testing out a system they say will alert them to gunmen on school campuses. The Shotpoint acoustic shot detection system uses a series of sensors mounted on ceilings throughout the school. Each sensor is equipped with four microphones, which can detect the sound of gunshots.

8/20/2014

Duval County schools are embarking on a three-year plan to invest $58 million in technology. Every classroom in the county's 160 schools will have a dedicated source to access the internet while all teachers will be getting new laptops. All middle schools will be getting interactive technology with portable touch-screen monitors.

8/20/2014

New gadgets and mobile apps introduced in the past few years are making reading, writing and math more accessible to students with learning disabilities. Text-to-speech apps like Voice Dream Reader, Read2Go and Notability; speech-to-text computer programs like Dragon Naturally Speaking; and smart pens like Echo have changed the way students comprehend lessons in areas they normally struggle.

8/20/2014

November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

8/20/2014

October 30-November 2, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

8/20/2014

October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

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