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6/26/2013

6/26/2013

The Sielox Class Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System, which is specially designed for schools, uses maps, emails, and text messages to provide real-time classroom updates to administrators and first responders. Learn more about this product and others from Panasonic, Smith System, Badgetec, and Optoma.

6/26/2013

Schools are not getting their money's worth from technology, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress. While computers and internet access are common in the classroom, students are often using this technology for simple foundational exercises, rather than for higher-order data analysis or statistics work that will help prepare them for the modern workforce. This issue is most prevalent in schools with primarily low-income students, further widening the digital divide.

6/26/2013

Whether it's a class lecture, an auditorium concert, or an evening football game, the proper speakers, microphones, and lights in these environments can make for clearer communication, increased engagement, and an overall enhanced learning experience for teachers, students, and the school community. Here are some of the newest products on the market.

6/26/2013

It may seem expensive to budget to do online in-service education well, but it costs more in the long-run to do it poorly, and even more to skip it altogether. So whether you do professional development in-house, or hire outside consultants, the following are key elements for success.

6/26/2013

At this year’s “Weathering the Storm with Optimism” conference of New Jersey school administrators, Paul Pineiro, assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction, and program for the Westfield Public Schools presented an overview of the “Walls to Windows” initiative and discussed the professional development roles of the district's two master technology teachers.

6/26/2013

For decades now, schools have played a role in introducing technology concepts to students. From the computer labs of the 1980s to the single computer on the teacher's desk to classrooms with multiple stations for students to work on, we have seen multiple approaches on how we should use these tools. Should BYOD be next?

6/26/2013

All three phases of the $903,000 technology upgrade to the Freetown-Lakeville (Mass.) Regional School District, which will make Wi-Fi accessible districtwide, will be completed by the end of summer, according to Craig Machamer, the IMS specialist for Freetown and Lakeville schools.

6/26/2013

This report highlights the perceptions of parents of a mobile generation, from preschoolers through high school-age students. Given schools’ increasing interest in engaging students with mobile learning—during and beyond the school day—and in “bring your own device” (BYOD) models, parents more than ever could be key partners in contributing to this new frontier in learning.

6/26/2013

Each of Miami-Dade’s 350,000 public school students will have access to a digital device by 2015, according to a plan approved by the Miami-Dade School Board. Board members unanimously endorsed the proposal by Superintendent Alberto Carvalho to lease more than 100,000 devices, which will be paid off over a period of up to six years.

6/26/2013

A recent questionnaire by the Reform Support Network shows that state and local education agencies are increasingly using social media as a tool to engage with and inform parents, students, teachers, and the entire community.

6/26/2013

Could two years of free tuition to community college be guaranteed to graduating students of the new Ypsilanti Community Schools district? A group of school and community leaders are trying to make it happen.

6/26/2013

Douglas County School District

Castle Rock, Colo.

6/26/2013

That’s one way of reading this report about how it was poor math skills that led to the mortgage implosion.

6/26/2013

Glendale Elementary School District

Glendale, Ariz.

6/26/2013

The new visual status indicator is available as an option on exit devices for both new construction as well as the aftermarket.

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