K12 Headlines

12/18/2014

12/18/2014

Florence School District One has implemented Peachjar’s system for distributing school flyers electronically. The system was implemented for free since local community partners pay a small service fee to distribute their school-approved eflyers and post them online.

12/17/2014

12/17/2014

A photo on Scott McLeod’s popular “Dangerously Irrelevant” blog carries the caption, “We’re so busy doing 20th century teaching, we don’t have time to initiate 21st century learning.” McLeod, an associate professor of educational leadership, is concerned that an education system that doesn’t embrace technology won't prepare students to compete in the knowledge-based economy.

12/17/2014

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who disagrees that America’s schools are in need of serious reform. And it’s an obvious leap to think technology is the fast lane to improvement. Education technology's benefits are impossible to ignore. But more technology really can do more harm than good.

12/17/2014

The Deptford school district released a mobile application, available at no cost for iPhone and Android phones, that lets parents choose which schools they want updates from and sends out push notifications for districtwide announcements.

12/17/2014

Better ways to use data. High-tech professional development. Differentiated instruction. Some exciting advancements are on the horizon for classrooms in 2015. A 24/7 learning model—that’s personalized and partly controlled by students—will become more entrenched.

12/17/2014

How can we continue to meet the growing demand for distance learning? We need continued and robust investment in content and platforms, but also in networks that are fast enough to deliver the content and reliable enough to connect more people to those learning experiences.

12/17/2014

Each P-TECH program is a partnership among a local school district, the Connecticut community college system and a growth industry corporate sponsor. With the expansion of the IBM P-TECH model, these programs can be designed to work in any community. It's an innovation that more Connecticut districts should institute for their students.

12/17/2014

A group of teachers from Rio Rancho High School believes Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a new standardized test being administered by the state this spring, will confuse and frustrate students because of its complicated grading system and even more complicated electronic testing procedure.

12/17/2014

Although only a select number of blended learning courses are available in the central Wisconsin school districts, they are starting to become more popular as school administrators begin to recognize the benefits these courses can reap for students and teachers.

12/17/2014

The Edmond School District voted to spend more than $1 million over the next five years on computer software to record student information through Minnesota's Infinite Campus. The school district also has opted to have Infinite Campus host the system hardware and store data.

12/17/2014

Students at Portland High School will soon enjoy $70,000 in tech upgrades as one of three finalists selected by Compass Learning for a technological makeover. The upgrades include an interactive white board, Chromebooks, computer labs, and software, hardware, professional development and support packages.

12/17/2014

The Hermiston School District has hired Mattias Rahm as its new technology director. He will replace Bob Silva, who will be the Salem-Keizer School District's director of technology. Rahm is the current technology coordinator for the Sutherlin School District.

12/17/2014

In Kent, Wash., about 9 percent of students can’t access the Internet once they go home. The district has installed Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at community centers in public housing to enable its poorest students to get online. But these efforts have been fraught with difficulties, showing how hard it may be for other districts to close the digital divide.

12/17/2014

Bald Eagle Area School District received a $244,847 grant through the state Department of Education that is going toward tech-based products to improve the district’s STEM program, including a language arts component as part of the district’s Reading Wonders program.

12/17/2014

The ActivPanel transforms front-of-the-classroom instructional displays into interactive, digital spaces for both whole-class instruction and small team engagement. The new Promethean product simultaneously enables up to 10 unique touches.

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