K12 Headlines

3/12/2015

3/12/2015

Three new 10.1-inch, Windows 8.1 tablets — including the INP-120Q-ED for use in schools — have been introduced by InFocus Corporation. The InFocus Q Tablet includes free downloadable applications to facilitate sharing, viewing and controlling content with other InFocus devices wirelessly.

3/12/2015

The Iowa Senate approved a bill that authorizes school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to determine their school start date based on the best educational interests of students.

3/12/2015

Some Broward County school employees have been subjected to long investigations by unqualified personnel for allegations they didn't even know about, according to complaints to the school board. The district is proposing to overhaul employee discipline procedures, which are now handled by school police or district principals.

3/12/2015

With the launch of Carolina Biological Supply’s real-world curriculum, Titlewave, Follett’s collection development, search and ordering tool will now provide access to more than 300,000 science e-book titles.

3/12/2015

The California Board of Education suspended the state's school accountability system for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with Common Core standards.

3/12/2015

The chair of the Assembly Education Committee has called off a vote on a heavily amended bill that called for sanctions on failing schools as well as other major changes to state education policy.

3/12/2015

A bill to allow public school districts to arm a school safety designee like a teacher or a volunteer passed through the House K-12 Education Subcommittee. Training would include going through active shooter training and firearm proficiency.

3/11/2015

3/11/2015

Basic computer literacy, now taught in Nevada's high schools, must soon become elementary school material. All students need some understanding of computer science and computational algorithm development. We can no longer just produce technology consumers; we must produce a new generation of technology producers and innovators

3/11/2015

Computer science is about more than learning to code or getting a job. It’s foundational for all 21st-century students. In every school, students learn about photosynthesis or electricity, even if they don’t choose careers as botanists or electricians. It’s equally important to learn what an algorithm is or how the Internet works.

3/11/2015

Legislation that would have permitted school districts to designate some of their capital outlay taxes for technical schools has been dropped. Tech schools receive about two-thirds of their funding from student fees and tuition and about one-third from the Legislature.

3/11/2015

Girls often respond positively to the idea that they can contribute to the greater good with their actions; making sure they understand how STEM subjects improve the world can help persuade them to persist in these fields. Therefore, we must educate our teachers in effective curriculum design, but also help them understand how their own biases might affect students.

3/11/2015

Technology has the odd distinction of both connecting people in unprecedented ways at the same time that it isolates them. Several students noticed that when they didn’t have their phones or iPads, they were more ready to connect with friends and family, and more aware when those people were themselves wrapped up in devices.

3/11/2015

We need to dramatically expand our efforts around STEM. STEM Gateways Act, new legislation that has been introduced in Washington, would help direct federal resources to state and local STEM initiatives that specifically target women, minorities and economically disadvantaged communities.

3/11/2015

Trane's new Trane Building Advantage offers a suite of energy services to manage and operate efficient and sustainable buildings, including building controls and automation and energy management systems and services.

3/11/2015

Generation YES, a nonprofit organization that implements student technology programs, has partnered with Learning.com to launch Project NextTech. The project-based high school digital literacy course spans two semesters and uses content based on curriculum developed by Generation YES.

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