September 30-October 3, 2014
September 30-October 3, 2014
October 2-3, 2014
Rohnert Park, Calif.
October 15-18, 2014
October 30-November 2, 2014
November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.
Blended and online learning platforms are changing K12 pedagogy by providing students with some control over their path, time, pace and place of learning. This sharp departure from the traditional factory-based model of teaching and learning is increasing student engagement and freeing up time so that teachers can provide more one-on-one instruction.
About one-third of public schools do not have a full-time, state-certified librarian. The librarian’s ability to teach all students digital literacy skills plays a large role in closing the digital divide between students with internet at home and those who don’t have access.
Kecoughtan High School has been approved by the Virginia Department of Education to launch an Architecture and Applied Arts Governor's STEM Academy. According to Hampton City Schools, the academy will offer programs in design/pre-construction, engineering and technology, visual arts and merchandising.
A state review of Iowa's STEM initiative showed positive results in its first three years. Students who participated in the first year of the program reported more interest in STEM topics as well as STEM careers. A small gender gap between male and female participation has also narrowed.
The West Essex Regional School District in North Caldwell has hired Charles Young, an informational technology manager for the Somerset Hills School District, as its new supervisor of technology for the 2014-2015 school year.
The Arizona district recently appointed a new director of information technology, Fred Maupin, who has been working in educational technology since 2001. His experience is both as a K12-certified teacher in computer technology and a network administrator.
Anthony Padrnos arrives from the Hopkins School District to fill Richfield School District's newly created director of technology position.
Sibling Group Holdings, Inc.'s Blended Schools Network division has signed a national partnership agreement to provide K12 online instructional content to School Improvement Network as it develops its Student-Centered Learning product.
A 1-to-1 laptop or iPad roll out is not a new instructional model. Whether a student can or cannot carry a machine around all day tells us little to nothing about a school’s actual pedagogy, about the quality of interactions between students and teachers, or about the rigor of the software programs delivered through those devices.
The Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform program, with a new $5 million, three-year grant from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, will work to develop a model for middle-school STEM education that will include a new curriculum supported by updated professional development strategies.