The 2014 Illinois Computing Educators "Educator of the Year" award was awarded to Marisa Burkhart, director of ed tech for Chicago's Huntley district, for her work implementing technology in the classroom and training teachers how to use it.
A group of STEM students at a Queens, N.Y., high school have developed innovative mobile apps to help the hearing impaired, including a smartphone that vibrates to alert a person of possible danger and an app warning parents that their child has left a safe area. The apps are available in the Googe Play store.
Too often, technology is put into teachers' hands without any proper explanation. If teachers are not embracing ed tech, it doesn't necessarily mean they are scared of the digital age, but rather just doesn't know how to use the tools found working their way into the classroom.
You can't just place students in front of digital content and expect them to succeed. This poor practice is what I call "Disjoined Blended Learning." One of the first things we must realize in any implementation of blended learning is the fundamental, essential role of the teacher.
Polk County launched its first after-school STEM-focused High School High Tech site, joining 39 other sites around the state to help students with disabilities pursue post-secondary education and explore career paths that fit their interests.
Four buyers would scoop up the properties, netting the district about $25 million - well under the target it must meet to cover the city's $50 million outlay that helped schools open on time last fall.
To increase the number of students eating breakfast, the state Department of Education, with help from some nonprofits and food retailers, is sponsoring a school breakfast challenge, offering cash prizes for those who increase their percentages of participation the most.