K12 Headlines

5/21/2015

5/21/2015

The Michigan Legislature is on its way to repealing the state's prevailing wage law. The measure artificially drives up the costs of public construction projects for schools and other government buildings. That's bad for taxpayers, school districts and job seekers.

5/20/2015

5/20/2015

While the Leavenworth High School yearbook is still a printed product, readers can watch several videos while looking through this year's publication. Using the Aurasma app, readers can use their smartphones or other devices to watch videos that are linked to photographs in the yearbook.

5/20/2015

Schools that banned students from carrying smartphones saw a 6.4 percent increase in test scores. The impact on underachieving students was much more significant with their average test scores rising by 14 percent, according to a study of 91 schools in England by the London School of Economics.

5/20/2015

There is a way to bridge the gap between the technology-savvy and the technology-challenged. InfoSnap developed a school and district's guide to achieving active family participation in under-served and low-income areas when implementing an online enrollment and registration solution.

5/20/2015

McClymonds and Oakland Technical high schools will share a $5 million Intel grant over five years to develop computer science and engineering curriculums, buy computers, train teachers and offer employee mentors and job shadowing programs.

5/20/2015

With 63 percent of public schools not having access to broadband speeds needed for digital learning, administering the new standardized tests to students online has revealed a large tech divide in the nation's classrooms. In rural and low-income districts, only 14 percent meet high-speed internet targets.

5/20/2015

The next step for education technology is to foster and enhance memorable moments with educators, get teens excited to learn, and make students feel invested in their education anew. With time, there will only be more technology saturation, more tech-literate kids, and more opportunities to use tech in the classroom.

5/20/2015

A new wave of applications connects teachers with mobile access to professional development and expands opportunities for collaboration with mentors and peers. Some apps allow teachers to videotape themselves so they can get instant peer feedback while others can save districts money on travel costs.

5/20/2015

The Louisiana House voted down a bill that would have mandated the immediate return to Orleans Parish of all schools that had been in the Recovery system for at least five years and were no longer failing. The Recovery School District took over 80 percent of New Orleans public schools after Hurricane Katrina.

5/20/2015

Thousands of public-school teachers from Seattle, Mercer Island and Issaquah marched through downtown Seattle to appeal for higher pay and to protest the Legislature’s failure to budget money to lower class sizes.

5/20/2015

Code.org is teaming up with The College Board to push for more computer science courses in U.S. high schools and to increase the number of female and minority students taking those courses. Curriculums, tools, training and funding will be provided to school districts that qualify.

5/20/2015

Legal battles over when and where to draw the church-state line on school endorsement of religion can be a nightmare for administrators, a headache for judges and a payday for lawyers. Government neutrality toward religion is an essential condition of religious freedom — especially in public schools where impressionable young people are a captive audience.

5/20/2015

Public charter schools are coming to Alabama, and they deserve a State Board of Education interested in the makeup of the commission that will make the critical decision about charter authorizations. That isn't a role the leaders of Alabama's public education system should reject or treat with apathy; they should embrace it.

5/20/2015

Teachers are preparing students for a world in which the jobs increasingly require problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. Many schools are trying to mirror that sort of thinking in the classroom, but many students have very little autonomy, mastery or purpose with which to develop intrinsic motivation.

5/20/2015

SunGard K-12 Education has selected Parchment as its premier provider for the transmission of electronic academic credentials - including transcripts - for the nearly 1,400 public school districts and charter schools using SunGard K-12’s eSchoolPLUS student information system.

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