October 27-30, 2013
October 27-30, 2013
There's been a notable increase in startup accelerators aimed at incubating educational tech companies. The reason: There's a realization that technology can dramatically affect educational outcomes.
Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out. Instead of solving math problems or doing English homework, more than 300 Los Angeles USD students promptly cracked the security settings and started tweeting, posting to Facebook, and playing video games.
November 7, 2013
St. Louis, Mo.
My courses are demanding. I expect students to read and write daily, to meet online after school for concept and skills reviews, and to practice using skills that will help them in college and career. They view my academy and computer science courses as college-level, and want others to view them that way too. Unfortunately, the courses I teach aren't a part of the core curriculum. Instead, they're seen by many as electives and therefore expendable.
Mayoral candidate Martin J. Walsh today announced a plan to bolster large district high schools in Boston, rolling out a policy on his opponent’s marquee issue: education.
Portland Public Schools plans on adding 30 full-time teaching positions and 68 part-time classified employee positions this year after the district projected its reserves will contain $16 million more than originally budgeted.
Boston officials lashed out at a surprise strike yesterday morning by the city’s school bus drivers that affected more than 30,000 students, saying it was illegal and the city would take legal action against the drivers’ union and seek disciplinary action against drivers who participated.
Controversial legislation recently introduced by a Milwaukee lawmaker would allow new charter schools to open across the state without the blessing of local school districts. If it passes, the proposal by Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) would dramatically change the system for chartering schools in Wisconsin.
Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are considering banning dogs and other pets from school property while class is in session after years of operating under an ambiguous policy.
The preference study included side-by-side comparisons of 3LCD and 1-chip DLP projectors with similar resolution and white brightness specifications. Participants viewed a series of side-by-side images and responded with their preference. Nine out of 10 respondents preferred the image from a 3LCD projector over 1-chip DLP, and of those, 87 percent strongly preferred 3LCD images.
To be eligible for the competition, teachers must register for, download, and teach the “Rays Awareness” lesson plan which is part of Sun Smart U, The Skin Cancer Foundation’s free and interactive Sun Smart U education program about sun protection.
The superintendent needs to convince the public that poor children deserve iPads and that Los Angeles USD can be trusted to run the $1-billion program wisely.
To participate, entrants must complete an online application and upload a three- to five-minute video describing their program. The judges will be seeking applications that illustrate critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students and among teachers and other members of the school staff.
Soundcraft’s Si Performer and Si Expression consoles will also be used in the school’s main live sound area, where a full sound reinforcement system will be set up to teach students how to mix live FOH and monitor sound and learn system networking. In addition to spending time behind the mixing boards, students will learn to work with the Soundcraft ViSi app, which enables remote control of Soundcraft consoles from an iPad.