K12 Headlines

7/30/2014

7/30/2014

Winncom Technologies has announced a new distribution agreement with GoNet Systems to deliver GoNet's optimized Wi-Fi solution with Next Generation MIMO - Beamforming technology. The solution is designed to support the latest Wi-Fi standards from 802.11a/b/g/n to 802.11ac.

7/30/2014

World Wide Security Group is providing all customers with one mobile security app. The new app, Life Button 24, was developed to bring assistance to anyone who feels threatened. The app can be used by anyone, but is limited to one free app per family or business.

7/30/2014

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.

7/30/2014

Kaplan, Inc. and Techstars announced the 12 education technology startups selected to participate in the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, a three-month immersive mentorship and business development program.

7/30/2014

School officials’ right to search students’ cellphones has only become trickier and stickier because of a recent Supreme Court decision making it clear that police officers need a warrant before searching a cellphone. While the ruling applies directly to law enforcement officials, school officials say they believe it may affect them.

7/30/2014

Knovation inked a technology integration agreement with SAFARI Montage to expand and simplify educator access to curated digital resources. The partnership allows netTrekker and SAFARI Montage users to access more than 360,000 digital learning resources from Knovation through a single, integrated search.

7/30/2014

The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded Southern Methodist University's STEMPREP Project a $2.6 million grant to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields. The program offers college-level classes to middle school students who will later go on to work as research interns at university laboratories, the National Institutes of Health and private industry.

7/30/2014

Science teachers typically have no extra time for adding new curriculum, little time for their own professional development, and no discretionary budget to support their lessons with new equipment or field trips. If retired scientists could organize a community effort and work with teachers, they could help enhance science education.

7/30/2014

American principals are more likely to say their students are poor, when compared to principals in other countries where poverty rates are much higher, according to survey data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

7/30/2014

Scenario Learning announced that Atlanta Public Schools has adopted the SafeSchools Online Staff Training System to help increase staff and student safety throughout the district's 105 buildings. Nearly 7,000 staff members will now have access to hundreds of online courses covering school safety topics.

7/30/2014

How evolution is taught in South Carolina was debated once again, despite the Department of Education's June announcement that it was moving forward with the state's 2005 biology standards. A panel voted this week on a change to the state's biology standards touted as a compromise that would encourage a discussion among students with the topic of evolution.

7/30/2014

The Florida county gave preliminary approval to a $1.2 billion budget, which includes a general operating fund increase of nearly 13.1 million this year to $878.8 million. The school district will also see a nearly $25 million increase in state funding.

7/30/2014

About half of parents and students feel their schools are adequate technology-wise, according to a survey from the Center for the Digital Future. Over half of the surveyed parents said they think the technological facilities at their child's school are adequate, with 15 percent disagreeing and the remainder taking no view.

7/30/2014

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.

7/30/2014

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.

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