K12 Headlines

11/20/2012

11/20/2012

Forget about humdrum “voc.” classes.

11/20/2012

More technology in the classroom is the most common request Grants Management and Professional Development Director Joseph Reyda receives from teachers. New state teaching standards make accessible technology more important than ever.

11/20/2012

South Madison and Frankton-Lapel Community Schools have each received $30,000 technology planning grants from the Indiana Department of Education's eLearning office.

11/20/2012

Superintendent Deasy wants to give each L.A. Unified student a high-tech device. That would mean 700,000 pieces of digital equipment costing about $450 million, not counting more than $200 million (and possibly double that) to update the campus' wireless Internet service. But his plan needs work.

Deasy's request for a first-phase infusion of $17.4 million in school bond money fell short by one vote.The vote was only advisory, and the school board could still approve the expenditure, but for now Deasy's office says he has no plans to bring it up again, and that's a good idea.

11/20/2012

It may not be long until it becomes common to hear teachers start a lesson by asking students to pull out their cellphones.

As schools try to add more technology during a time when they are receiving less funding, many will begin to consider allowing students to use devices they already own. That will include cell phones and electronic tablets like iPads.

11/20/2012

The Petoskey (Mich.) school board voted unanimously to purchase Microsoft Office productivity software from CDW. It will be installed on 450 computer workstations acquired earlier this fall.

11/20/2012

The National Education Technology Standards (NETS), conceived by the International Society for Technology in Education, provides examples of what the NETS look like in practice. Included in this tool are measurable skills students can be expected to achieve at specified age ranges and content-related examples of activities and tools that build proficiency.

11/20/2012

Starting down the path of offering online learning can seem a difficult journey. We, at the Capital Area Online Learning Association, are in our fourth year of this journey, so we hope that this paper will provide some useful tips and lessons learned to help navigate the pleasures and pitfalls of starting an online learning program. Although presented in a linear fashion, many of the steps could be performed simultaneously, or readdressed as new information is gathered and different policy decisions are made.

11/20/2012

The P21 Common Core Toolkit is a guide to aligning the Common Core State Standards with the framework for 21st century skills. It includes an alignment overview, examples, and both Common Core and assessment resources.

11/20/2012

Bridget Collins waited a long time to go back to McDonogh School.

11/20/2012

Dr. Jane L. Beyer Westerhold, superintendent of Des Plaines Community Consolidated School District 62, has been selected the 2013 Illinois Superintendent of the Year by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA).

11/20/2012

With Apple’s iPad now outpacing PC purchases by K-12 schools across the U.S.*, Bloxx Inc. is introducing its latest Bloxx Web Browser for iOS6 to help schools manage their Web content filtering and internet access policies on the Apple devices they issue or make available to students and teachers.

11/20/2012

Louisiana's Constitution and a court decision require that for any nonpublic school to receive state funds the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education must certify that it has "curriculum or specialized course of study of quality at least equal to that prescribed for similar public schools."

11/20/2012

Recruiting and retaining top teaching talent is a struggle for many high schools.

11/20/2012

Initial reports indicate that only 60 percent of eligible voters cast their ballot in last week’s presidential election. Key to growing citizen participation in   elections and other activities that will maintain a strong U.S. democracy is an increased emphasis on civics education in schools.

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