K12 Headlines

2/19/2014

2/19/2014

A handful of nonprofit and for-profit groups are working to address what they see as a national education crisis: Too few of America's K12 public schools actually teach computer science basics and fewer still offer it for credit. It's projected that in the next decade there will be about 1 million more U.S. jobs in the tech sector than computer science graduates to fill them. And it's estimated that only about 10 percent of K12 schools teach computer science.

2/19/2014

New tech high schools are booming in Northeast Indiana. The area is known for its defense and manufacturing industries. To retain those sectors, these schools have found a way to keep young talent by teaching skills that will create opportunities and career advancement within the community.

2/19/2014

March 19-22, 2014

Washington, D.C.

2/19/2014

Technology is the cure for what ails you—at least as far as learning in the public school classroom goes. So goes the argument from Santa Fe Public Schools administrators, who want the Board of Education to approve a 1.5 mill levy tax so that the district can spend some $55 million over five years to make Santa Fe schools technology smart. It’s a lot of money.

2/19/2014

Online literacy programs are made more engaging by interactive activities and can personalize learning by tailoring reading assignments to students’ interests. Here are some programs to help struggling readers reach grade level.

2/19/2014

Nancy Bennett, a former entertainment executive and television producer and director, has founded the Two Bit Circus, a think tank that will never be confused with the Brookings Institution, but whose latest project may be just as relevant. The project, STEAM Carnival, is a reinvention of a traveling amusement show, aimed at sparking an interest in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math—or STEAM—among children.

2/19/2014

Two K12 tech and service providers, Blackboard and Pearson, announced a collaboration to improve the integration and flow of data between their complementary K12 solutions.

2/19/2014

Hooda Math, a K12 provider of web-based math games, announced the release of more than 50 free games, from basic skill practice to brain-challenging escape games. Each game is non-Flash-based and compatible with any web-enabled mobile device.

2/19/2014

Ed tech organization LearnLaunch, along with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will cosponsor the second annual “Across Boundaries” conference focused on utilizing ed tech to improve K12 and higher education outcomes.

2/19/2014

By the end of last week, 800 Bayonne, N.J., students were expected to be roaming the hallways with books in hand and, if all goes according to plan, carrying new Google Chromebooks. A few months ago, the Bayonne school district went wireless in all its classrooms to prepare for the new digital state tests.

2/19/2014

Penn Manor High School recently distributed more than 1,700 laptop computers to its students for use in the classroom in the largest 1-to-1 student laptop program of any school district in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. Every student in grades nine through 12 received a custom-designed Acer computer, carrying case, charger and mouse.

2/19/2014

Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart unveiled her plan to invest up to $300 million for technology in schools, but a soon-to-be released report suggests the price tag to put devices in every Utah student’s hands might actually be much steeper. A draft of the report, from a work group associated with the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, pegs the cost of 1-to-1 devices in Utah schools at as much as $750 million for the first year.

2/19/2014

In partnership with its state associations, the National School Boards Association has launched www.standup4publicschools.org, a new national campaign to highlight the success of public education.

2/19/2014

House committee members expressed some support for a bill prompted by a reporter’s efforts to test security at Kirkwood High School that resulted in a lockdown last month.

2/19/2014

The Orleans Parish School Board and state Recovery School District are finalizing a cooperative agreement spelling out who will handle various citywide education services and potentially shifting several functions to the local board.

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