K12 Headlines

5/14/2014

5/14/2014

Developers are getting mountains of cash to create digital tools for the classroom and teachers are eager to incorporate technology into their lesson plans. But school districts only have so much money to spend and teachers only have so much time to discover and learn how to use new software, raising questions about whether an ed-tech bubble is forming.

5/14/2014

Intermediate School 228 public school in Brooklyn will be one of the first in the nation to pilot new bullying prevention software that aims to bully-proof its halls through a digital platform. Bridg-iT School's hi-tech system is designed to alert, record, track and notify officials of incidents involving harassment or bullying.

5/14/2014

Northumberland County Public Schools has added Anonymous Alerts, allowing its students to quickly, easily, and anonymously report urgent information to school officials across their school campuses. In addition to internet-based reporting, the county has purchased the Anonymous Alerts customized iPhone and Android apps.

5/14/2014

Fuel Education is expanding its portfolio with more than 25 new additions for the 2014-2015 school year. New math courses for middle and high school students, career readiness electives and the recently announced mobile, standards-aligned FuelEd Middle School curriculum have been added to the catalog.

5/14/2014

There’s no doubt that data is power. K12 education leaders can harness that power and use data to maximize 21st century teaching and learning.

5/14/2014

Eight career and technical education programs at Oregon schools will share in grants totaling $2 million. The Career and Technical Education Revitalization Grants will direct resources to fields of study such as biomimicry, natural resources, greenhouse development, construction, watershed restoration and robotics education.

5/14/2014

Relying on regularly collected student data, teacher training, technology and a 10-year plan, the Taylor County School District has eliminated traditional grade levels. Instead, the district is testing, observing and letting students learn at their own pace.

5/14/2014

A study on competency-based education in New Hampshire demonstrates that policy changes don't always result in uniform change on the ground, and technology isn't always ahead of schools. The report, "From Policy to Practice," shows an emphasis on personalized learning, technology infrastructure gaps and increased state support for competency-based learning.

5/14/2014

Anthony Ritacco has been appointed to the post of director of technology for the Dover-Sherborn Public Schools. He has been with the school system for six years as senior network administrator. Prior to his first appointment in the district, Ritacco served in a similar capacity in the Norton Public Schools.

5/14/2014

The Plum School Board voted to appoint Chris Burkey, who had been systems administrator in the district's technology department, to the interim technology director position. Burkey replaces district technology director Chris Davis. The board also voted to create a technology integrator position for the 2014-2015 school year.

5/14/2014

William S. Hart Union High School District has appointed a new director of technology to oversee the needs of its 22,000 junior high and high school students. Jon Carrino, who has been with the district since the inception of the technology department, will begin his new post on July 1.

5/14/2014

With a unified message, programs like Tech Journey, PI 515 and CODE2040 hope to create a new generation of minority founders of technology companies. The student programs from across the country seek to provide minority students with mentorship and programming skills as a way to help families out of poverty.

5/14/2014

For years, we have been hearing about the great American STEM shortage. The federal government and state and local school districts have been pouring millions into upping the number of STEM graduates. Yet the evidence for a broad-based shortage of graduates in these fields doesn’t appear to exist.

5/14/2014

Catapult Learning and LTS Education Systems are partnering on blended learning solutions. Through a combination of Catapult Learning’s instructional intervention programs and the LTS Stride Academy adaptive online learning platform, the partnership will help struggling K12 students to achieve grade level mastery.

5/14/2014

Schools throughout Indiana have spent millions rigging classrooms with interactive systems, in some cases replacing textbooks with digital devices. But too often schools and students' homes lack the fast, reliable Internet connections to support the digital shift, leading some teachers to pull back on use of digital devices.

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