September 19-22, 2014
September 19-22, 2014
Children who spend more than four hours a day on their mobile phone perform significantly worse on school tests than those who are limited to just 30 minutes, a Japanese government survey has found. Grade scores suffered an average 14 percentage points across all subjects while the deficit rose to over 18 points in mathematics.
Cass Tech High School will become Detroit’s first International Baccalaureate diploma program, according to Detroit Public Schools. Students in the program will engage in an extended essay writing project, take a course in critical thinking and complete programs in creativity, action and service.
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Schools that can’t afford new technology may cause young students to lag behind their peers at affluent schools. The Educational Technology Foundation of Western New York, a volunteer group, installs computers and laptops, donated by local businesses and companies, to underserved schools and community centers.
Fairland Elementary students are reaping the benefits of a $40,000 Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust grant that will be used to purchase new iPad Minis for third, fourth and fifth graders. In addition, the school also received professional teacher development training valued at $25,000.
Metro Nashville Public Schools’ decision not to buy new social studies textbooks when they were due to be replaced has sparked much discussion about the future of textbooks. It is evident that our leaders and educators are looking to the future and helping our students prepare for tomorrow by experimenting with and using a variety of tools to enhance the educational experience.
Verite Group Inc. launched a spin-off company, Verite Educational Systems Inc., to design and market enterprise-quality, multi-platform technology tools for educators and families.
Acer America announced its new Acer Chromebox CXI line, ideal for school systems that don’t require a mobile platform and who are either invested in or want to leverage the Google Chrome system. Two Acer Chromebox models with compact chassis will be available late next month: the CXI-2GKM with 2GB memory and the CXI-4GKM with 4GB memory.
EBSCO Information Services has released 12 new EBSCO eBook Subject Sets, which are offered to libraries in convenient collections grouped by subject matter. New subject sets include diseases & conditions, robotics and poetry, among other titles.
In Newark, N.J., Essex County Vocational Technical Schools are graduating 96 percent of their students, many of them earning professional licenses. Buffalo, N.Y., with similar demographics to Newark, can replicate their success, but Buffalo will need some help and accomodations from the state.