March 19-22, 2014
March 19-22, 2014
Blended learning was under the spotlight at a dedicated panel at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland last week. Education International’s general secretary, Fred van Leeuwen, participated in the panel entitled ‘The Future of Learning’, which debated how education systems are responding to advances in online learning and social technology.
A recent article in The Wall Street Journal showed that preliminary data from Futuresource Consulting has Chromebooks taking 19 percent of the K12 tablet and PC market, with Apple at 47 percent and Windows at 28 percent. Those numbers may not seems like a big deal until you consider that Chromebooks had just 1 percent at the end of 2012.
When a group of students from South Glens Falls High School, north of Albany, N.Y., got thirsty and needed a drink of water, they dispatched their robot to a nearby table, where a person put the bottle on the robot and it delivered it back to them. The students' robots impressed those in attendance at a career and technical symposium held recently at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Queensbury campus.
The Wallingford, Conn., school district’s director of technology services is leaving next month to take a similar job in Newington, Conn. Randall Backus’ last day after 11 years on the job in Wallingford is Feb. 21. He will start his job as the Newington school district’s chief technology officer March 3.
Pittsburgh Public Schools is expected to go bankrupt in 2016 unless it changes course. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says he's concerned about declining school enrollment, ballooning pension costs and the cost of sending the district’s schoolchildren to charter schools.
Statewide, more than 112,000 students dropped out from both traditional and charter schools between 2006 and 2010, according to the Dropout Tracking Report. The dropout rate, it calculates, held steady at about three percent, but researchers say the dropout problem is not universal.
The researchers concluded that students whose teachers had one or more years of teaching experience and used Science Techbook for instruction scored higher on the FCAT than students whose teachers had similar levels of experience but had not used Science Techbook for instruction.
The U.S. District Attorney's Office says evidence presented by three Jewish families could show the district's disciplinary system was inadequate to accurately track — and therefore to adequately and promptly respond to — anti-Semitic incidents in the district's schools.
Education researchers have been hoping policymakers and others will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. According to analyses in an October 2013 report from the Southern Education Foundation, 48 percent of the nation's 50 million public school students were in low-income families.
Funded by AASA through a partnership with the National Joint Powers Alliance, the $2,000 grants will be used to furnish items such as food and clothing and in some instances, temporary housing stipends.
When a high school in New Haven, Conn., required yoga and meditation classes three times a week for its incoming freshman, studies found that after each class, students had significantly reduced levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in their bodies.
The proposed increase falls far short of the $1.2 billion increase Gov. Rick Scott recommended last year, despite the best budget outlook in recent memory. Still, Scott said his latest recommendation would be enough to push education spending to a record high.
Despite his ouster as the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education in late August, William Harner was named interim superintendent of the Quakertown Community School District. He will fill the post from Jan. 24 through June 30.
For the past three weeks, thousands of parents of incoming kindergarten and sixth-grade students have been registering for school under a new system that aims to place students in schools closer to their homes starting this fall. It's the biggest change to the registration process in decades.