K12 Headlines

12/4/2013

12/4/2013

Joseph Mazza, who has been principal of Knapp Elementary School since 2007, part of the North Penn School District, is stepping down effective Dec. 4 to accept a grant-funded position within the district that involves helping administrators, home and school associations, teachers and other groups to connect and collaborate through social media.

12/4/2013

Angie Besendorfer, Joplin assistant school superintendent, announced that she will leave her local post to become chancellor of WGU Missouri, a nonprofit, online university.

12/4/2013

A state audit found shortcomings in how administrators at the North Carolina Virtual Public School reported enrollment totals and evaluated teachers, but found no evidence that educators were overpaid. About 50,000 public school students across the state take part in the school's more than 100 online courses .

12/4/2013

New research into the role of the CIO has highlighted what recently appointed incumbents must do to succeed in their new position. Despite potentially being more important than ever before, CIOs are still often seen as ‘the black sheep’ of the C-suite.

12/4/2013

The editors of District Administration magazine are proud to present the 2013 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products. This year’s winners were chosen from more than 1,800 unique nominations sent by K12 leaders who detailed the products’ positive impacts on their schools.

12/4/2013

The subject of digital citizenship comes up frequently in conversation, but since we’re constantly using technology and interacting in digital communities, an ongoing discussion about the topic is a necessity.

12/4/2013

The Blairsville-Saltsburg School District has been recognized by Apple for making good use of technology in enhancing instruction for its students.The district's iPlan has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2013-2015—a distinction granted to just a handful of districts in Pennsylvania.

12/4/2013

The 76 students enrolled in the Duluth school district’s alternative high school have mostly done away with paper and pencils. To improve student achievement, the district spent about $25,000 on Google Chromebooks to help teach students using a “flipped classroom” model.

12/4/2013

When technology instructor Deirdre D’Urso began teaching tech classes at Hudson Public Schools in Massachusetts, the emphasis was on keyboarding, drawing programs, PowerPoint presentations and word processing. Today, the classes use Google Docs in the cloud, and the teachers use Edmodo, which allows shared homework assignments, quizzes, and videos.

12/4/2013

Eleven Idaho schools are only a few months into their tech pilots. However, lawmakers may decide to put more money into additional pilots soon without much evidence from the field. When they convene in January, they will face a $3 million request from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. However, Luna says that lawmakers want to fund a "considerable" classroom tech upgrade and may be open to more.

12/4/2013

As the Miami-Dade school system launches BYOD districtwide, it is also going live with wifi.dadeschools.net, a website of digital purchasing tips to help parents make the right tech choices for their children.

12/4/2013

As part of its efforts to encourage learning in the STEM fields of education, Facebook recently donated a laptop to every eighth grader at Everett Middle School in San Francisco. The event came with a surprise visit from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

12/4/2013

Administrators from Chesterfield County Public Schools in Virginia are soliciting bids to buy more than 30,000 Chromebooks for middle and high school students, with a goal of completing its 1-to-1 program by the 2015-2016 school year.

12/4/2013

Fourth-graders at Roosevelt Elementary School, in Park Ridge, Ill., were chatting recently when the computer in their classroom began beeping. The students quieted down. Their teacher, Jean Kulnig, clicked a few buttons and a live video feed from England popped onto a whiteboard. Staring back were students nearly 4,000 miles away.

12/4/2013

The release of these core business administration requirements helps colleges and universities meet student demand, while at the same time enabling them to deliver a more engaging and productive learning experience for the growing number of students who are pursuing business degrees.

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