K12 Headlines

4/23/2014

4/23/2014

Currently, only 19 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation requirements. California is not one of them. By providing graduation credits for these courses, more students will be encouraged to explore this critical field.

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Radical changes in K12 education cannot be justified on the basis of pervasive but largely unfounded claims of widespread scientist and engineer shortages. That said, there are even stronger reasons to continue to improve science and math education.

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While the efficiency benefits gained from using biometric technology can be useful, lawmakers are starting to look at restricting the technology’s use in K12 schools. Florida has legislation pending that would ban schools from collecting biometric data such as fingerprints and iris scans.

4/23/2014

Students are taking the new, year-end SAGE computer adaptive assessment that adapts to the skill level of an individual child. Hailed by educators as providing timely, precise results for use in classroom planning, it has also been coldly received by parents skeptical of its adaptive format and alignment with the Common Core.

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Administrators are using mobile software applications to remain highly productive no matter where they are. These apps also are making it easier to create learning communities where leaders can share a range of information with other districts.

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InBloom, which launched with $100 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is closing down amidst student data privacy concerns and withdrawn state contracts. The educational software company offered districts a cloud-based system for storing student data.

4/23/2014

The Montclair district has brought in Barry Haines as its new director of technology to lead an IT infrastructure upgrade that will support 21st century teaching and learning. Haines previously supervised educational technology in New Jersey's Parsippany-Troy Hills and Flemington-Raritan districts.

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Contingent on a $36.74 million bond approval by voters in May, Secant Technologies will help South Haven schools with technology upgrades, including analyzing technology needs, developing bid specifications and overseeing the bidding process for the technology portion of the bond work.

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The Department of Labor and Education has awarded 24 Youth CareerConnect grants, totaling $107 million. The funds are being given to integrate high school education and career skills initiatives with many of the recipients utilizing the funds to increase post-secondary technology education and apprenticeships.

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Hydaburg and Annette Island districts were among three Alaska Native groups that received over $1 million in advanced telecommunications technology grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development office. The grants will be used to purchase video conference equipment for various school purposes.

4/23/2014

Troup County's board has approved nearly $2 million in special purpose, local option sales tax projects that will revamp technology and communication networks. Wireless access and VoIP phone systems will be installed districtwide while nearly 2,000 computers and laptops will be replaced at 10 schools.

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The Edwardsville district inked its second tech-related deal in recent years by approving a five-year, $600,000 purchase-lease agreement with American Capital for technology improvements. The deal includes replacing computers, servers and routers and upgrading the financial management and student database systems.

4/23/2014

Digital Learning Now!, a national initiative of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, which pushes to reform education and to improve technology, recently released a report card that grades K12 education policies in each of the nation’s 50 states. But the grades for some states are still failing or near failing.

4/23/2014

Siemens announced nearly $660 million of in-kind software grants for manufacturing programs at vocational high schools, technical community colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts. Thirteen academic partners, including five public high schools, are receiving the grants to support curriculum and training programs.

4/23/2014

The Tuscaloosa County School System has a new plan to expand career tech instruction at all six of its high schools and eight of its middle schools over the next three years. The goals include programs focused on health science, visual arts, agricultural science and more.

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