K12 Headlines

8/29/2013

8/29/2013

Despite the focus of some civil rights leaders on voter ID laws, that's not where the real problem lies. With a black president and an estimated 10,000 elected black officials, this country isn't going to revert to Jim Crow laws.

8/28/2013

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Rocky River schools is using software to help design bus routes based on where 1,700 kids are picked up or dropped off. Then the drivers go out and test the routes, making minor improvements as they go along.

8/28/2013

Students from the Colonial School District (in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) enjoyed their best showing ever at the 2013 Technology Student Association National Conference, earning three first-place trophies and three third-place trophies. More than 5,000 students from the U.S., Germany, and Turkey competed in more than 60 events, ranging from animation to robotics and biotechnology.

8/28/2013

For schools that have tablets, laptops, and desktops at their fingertips, planning is challenging, especially if the school or district's goal is to have a device in every student's hands. To guide this inevitable shift, edtech planning and implementation provider BEYOND Technology Education released "5 Steps to Prep for One-to-One", a document based on the SWIMGrid (School-Wide Integration Model).

8/28/2013

As districts across the U.S. struggle with growing bandwidth issues caused by 1-to-1 implementation, BYOD, online testing and more, this case study of how Yale University made mobile access easy campuswide should provide some helpful advice.

8/28/2013

This report projects that the smart classroom market will grow by 13.9 percent over the next five years from $31 billion in 2013 to $59 billion by the year 2018. It forecasts revenues and analyzes trends in more than 50 sub-markets, including interactive whiteboards, projectors, and audio systems.

8/28/2013

Rewordify is a free site that was developed by a special education teacher and former computer programmer to help students read complex passages. Rewordify could help students who are having difficulty reading a book or article that is a step or two above their current reading levels.

8/28/2013

The governor of Maryland announced a new state CIO, and a new cybersecurity official. Isabel FitzGerald brings private- and public-sector experience, having served as CIO for the Maryland Department of Human Resources and later serving as the governor’s deputy secretary for operations. She will replace Elliot H. Schlanger, who will fill the newly created position of director of cybersecurity for the state. 

8/28/2013

Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to promote better use of education technology, has added eight public school districts to its League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of public school districts committed to digital innovation for students.

8/28/2013

Dashboards, launched by Assessment Technology Incorporated (ATI), offer educators a convenient method to view and interact with data for evaluation, assessment, and instruction in a single location. Using widget technology, Dashboards display graphical information quickly and clearly.

8/28/2013

A new state program that pays students’ tuition to help them pursue a technical education is getting glowing reviews from students and leaders alike. Under legislation passed in 2012, Kansas pays tuition for students who learn technical skills during their junior and senior years of high school.

8/28/2013

With the app, Chegg is matching the key functionality of the site to students' mobile devices, allowing them to access the information they need anytime, anywhere.

8/28/2013

Some of Louisiana’s larger parishes, including Lafayette, Caddo, Rapides, Ouachita and Orleans, are lagging in providing the amount of computers and network connectivity needed in classrooms to meet minimum state standards for providing services and administering mandatory online testing in 2015.

8/28/2013

Everyone wants to hangout with Sal Khan. The popular founder of the innovative Khan Academy is a good person to rub elbows with—even if you're the Obama administration's top education official.

8/28/2013

The FY2013 State School Aid Act, section 99h appropriated $3,000,000 for the 2013-14 school year for competitive grants to districts that provide pupils in grades 7-12 with expanded opportunities to improve mathematics, science, and technology skills by participating in events hosted by a science and technology development program known as FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics.

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