K12 Headlines

1/22/2014

1/22/2014

ASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced last week the 2013 recipients of the Helping Kids Program, a series of “mini-grants” designated to provide for immediate needs of children and their families.

1/22/2014

Once a mother who dropped her son off at his public elementary school, I've now become the art teacher and started a book club to compensate for cuts in vital programs due to lack of funding. Meanwhile, the rote memorization and repetition of our agrarian education system can no longer compete with the infinite, interactive iPad. The opportunities for innovation and disruption in the education vertical are seemingly endless.

1/22/2014

The Hillsborough school district's aggressive technology plan has introduced many parents to some of the benefits—and challenges—of new technology in schools. But an upcoming event featuring a talk by Google's “global education evangelist," Jaime Casap, may help clear up the direction technology will be taking.

1/22/2014

Felecia Hatcher is on a mission. She wants to bridge the tech education gap in Florida's schools and give underserved students the chance to become web-based entrepreneurs. She started the Code Fever program last year to reach that goal.

1/22/2014

From now through April 11, 2014, educators are encouraged to participate in the ASCD Forum online via the ASCD EDge® social networking community and in-person at the 69th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show.

1/22/2014

The Monroe school district isn’t providing enough technology to adequately prepare kids for the world they will inherit, administrators believe. So next month, they will ask for two levies. One will be the usual “Learning Levy,” which expires at the end of the year, and the other will be a levy to pay for technology upgrades for Monroe classrooms.

1/22/2014

The 100-year-old Webster Groves High School, part of the Webster Groves School District in a St. Louis, Mo. suburb, is an important civic landmark. However, its antiquated infrastructure and classrooms ill-equipped for educational media were preventing administrators from fully implementing 21st-century learning models, including blended learning.

1/22/2014

The Digital Passport app features mini-games paired with videos that take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Students learn and advance through topic areas, collecting badges at their own pace, to ultimately earn their digital passports.

1/22/2014

The latest round of charter school expansion in Chicago has been met with a long string of protests by parents and community leaders who question Chicago Public Schools' claims that it is pushing charters primarily for neighborhoods where classrooms are overcrowded.

1/22/2014

The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books with electronic versions. The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28 percent, up from 23 percent at the end of 2012. At the same time, about seven in 10 Americans reported reading a book in print, up four percentage points after a slight dip in 2012, and 14 percent of adults listened to an audiobook.

1/22/2014

About a dozen people braved the cold temperatures recently to see firsthand how an upcoming referendum would impact technical education at Appleton West High School in Appleton, Wis. The referendum requests $30 million, which would be used to replace outdated technology, perform maintenance projects and cover the salaries and benefits for five instructional technology integrators.

1/22/2014

Already earning college credits and real-world experience, Stillwater, N.Y., high school students in the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School program will get a boost with a $200,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

1/22/2014

The Olympia City Council is considering a resolution to support the school district’s Technology and Capital Projects Levy. If approved, the levy, which will go before voters Feb. 11 in a special election and would generate about $13.2 million total from 2015-18, would fund safety projects and technology enhancements districtwide, including new computers, cameras on buses and devices to assist special education students.

1/22/2014

The first P-TECH programs—Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools—are slated to get under way in September. But already, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to fund an additional 10 schools statewide in addition to the 16 now in development.

1/22/2014

Schools across Orange County in California are rushing to put more technology in the hands of their students, a move fueled in part by new state standards and an increasing expectation that these students will compete in an increasingly digitized workforce after they graduate. Under the Common Core, teachers will be pushing students to research topics on their own using online sources, making access to computers and the internet more important than ever.

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