K12 Headlines

4/9/2014

4/9/2014

A new approach to assessing students’ three-dimensional learning should give teachers a clearer picture of the reasoning their students are using to grasp science concepts. This more intensive assessment will be a critical tool for schools implementing the Next Generation Science Standards to boost STEM scores.

4/9/2014

A group of Bartlett High School freshmen designed a smartphone app that lets users track their diet and exercise routines while also giving support to friends as they meet their health goals. The app, which combines stats with social networking, is expected to be available in June as a free download through Google Play for Android.

4/9/2014

One hundred ninth-graders will effectively start college this fall when they enter a six-year academy where they will earn an associate's degree upon graduation and a chance to be "first in line" for a job at IBM. The Norwalk academy is a collaboration involving Norwalk Public Schools, Norwalk Community College and IBM.

4/9/2014

Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) named seven innovative science and STEM teachers as winners of the 2014 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. The winners were selected for their use of data-collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator or other handheld device in the science classroom.

4/9/2014

Pittsburgh public schools are in need of innovation. A 30-person team of teachers, community leaders and officials, formulated by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and Great Public Schools, hopes to analyze a community-learning school model that has proven to be successful in Cincinnati school districts.

4/9/2014

Through a partnership between the Youngstown district and Applied Systems and Technology Transfer (AST2), precision-machining and engineering high school students are making the parts for AST2’s INVENT3D printers. The smaller 3D printers are designed to be assembled, used and disassembled by students.

4/9/2014

The Utah Legislature approved $3 million more for UPSTART, a Waterford Institute-developed software program that allows preschoolers to get ready for school via a computer at home. The program, which will receive $4.7 million total funding this year, will reach nearly 5,000 homes in 2014.

4/9/2014

The city's board has borrowed the first $11 million it approved in February for technology, computer and software upgrades. It will be used to fund the first phase of the district’s Digital Learning Plan, followed by more loans over the next several years to reach the $55 million estimate needed to complete all the technology improvements.

4/9/2014

LeCroy Career Technical Center's WSMX 98.3 FM Super Mix, the first high school career tech radio station and one of the first high school radio stations in Alabama, has been launched to reach residents in Clanton and surrounding areas through school-based broadcasts.

4/9/2014

Software House and ELERTS Corporation are partnering to integrate the ELERTS Lock-It-Down mobile app with the C•CURE 9000 security and event management system. This integration provides users the ability to lockdown a facility remotely through an iPhone, iPad or Android phone.

4/9/2014

Waterford Institute launched its reading curriculum in a web-based format designed to help schools reduce their hardware costs and more easily access its software. Waterford Reading is a language arts curriculum covering phonics, vocabulary, writing, oral fluency and more through learning activities, songs and books .

4/9/2014

SunGard K-12 Education has released the latest version of its eSchoolPLUS student information system. New features include boosting efficiency of daily tasks and quickly recording students’ presence and location during emergency situations.

4/9/2014

Learning Upgrade is unveiling its Math Upgrade 6 course to support student mastery of all sixth grade Common Core math standards. Math Upgrade 7 will also be released this month. The Math Upgrade series of courses, designed by educators, covers each standard benchmark in grades one through eight.

4/9/2014

Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System in Michigan has partnered with PresenceLearning to provide 60 of its students with online speech therapy. The school system, which is part of Mosaica Education’s network of charters and online academies, is using PresenceLearning at all four of its schools.

4/9/2014

Utah was in the top spot again among all 50 states on the Foundation for Excellence in Education's Digital Learning Report Card. Many in the education establishment criticize Utah for its large class sizes and low per-pupil spending. However, the state emerges as the vanguard of the nation, with a 92.3 percent score.

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