K12 Headlines

1/7/2015

1/7/2015

In November, middle school students from around the globe had the chance to take photos of Earth from the International Space Station. Sally Ride EarthKAM is a program meant to spark student interest in STEM subjects through photographing the earth from space.

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A package of five bills directed at high school technical programs, signed into law by Governor Chris Christie last month, set new standards for career-technical programs in New Jersey, including dual-enrollment programs with public colleges.

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AT&T is collaborating with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations this school year to provide experiential learning opportunities for students from 29 school districts through 47 separate projects involving 52 local workplace partners.

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Computer science is an extremely versatile tool. The ability to independently run a business or an organization is increasingly more important than having a formal education in terms of earning and then succeeding in a job. Having some kind of programming background — especially in creating websites — is almost imperative.

1/7/2015

Unless lawmakers can be made to understand the critical role that librarians, nurses, social workers, learning specialists and guidance counselors play in contributing to schools in which we can all be confident and proud, then many of these positions will remain in jeopardy to the detriment of the students and communities they serve.

1/7/2015

Capstone is transforming its PebbleGo Earth and Space database to PebbleGo Science. In addition to covering earth and space content, the database now also supports the core concepts of physical science, life science, and engineering, technology and applied sciences.

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New after-school classes, the result of a new partnership between the Palo Alto school district, Palantir and the city of Palo Alto, aim to teach a select group of low-income high school students how to code and about potential career paths in technology.

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The St. Cloud school district, after a 10-year debate about the future of Technical High School, will advance plans for a new high school. Architects' estimates suggest the facility could cost $100 million or more.

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Early discussions about a possible new regional engineering technology high school are under way. The school would pool resources from five counties to better prepare students for careers in manufacturing and engineering, while making the region’s workforce more attractive to potential businesses.

1/7/2015

Intelitek released Exploring Robotics, a nine-week course featuring an integrated hardware, software and e-learning curriculum. The curriculum, which aligns to Next Generation Science Standards, incorporates project-based STEM learning.

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Many schools began to adopt technology as an embedded, natural part of teaching and learning in 2014. This year is when institutions will consolidate their positions and settle on solutions for adoption. As this happens, technology will become an intrinsic part of the learning process rather than an afterthought.

1/7/2015

Brentwood Associates has acquired Excelligence Learning Corporation, a developer, manufacturer, distributor and retailer of educational products. The company serves the pre-K and elementary markets with over 20,000 products, including arts and crafts, active play, furniture, math, language and science.

1/7/2015

A plan that attempted to change the way Illinois distributes education money will appear again, with some changes, in the new Illinois General Assembly convening next week. State Sen. Andy Manar, who tried to change state law last year to send more money to poorer school districts, will submit a new bill.

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It may be just as important to evaluate schools based on students’ levels of motivation and perseverance as it is to judge them based on students' standardized test scores. Scores on the kinds of achievement tests given at U.S. schools, which measure knowledge, tend to be highly correlated with scores on IQ tests.

1/7/2015

Missing from the standardized test debate is a sense of what could replace annual tests. What would the nation do to monitor learning and ensure equity and accountability if states didn't have to test every child every year?

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