K12 Headlines

12/11/2014

12/11/2014

For any school system with significant Spanish-speaking populations, responsible bilingual education is more important than ever. How to do it effectively is the challenge.

12/10/2014

12/10/2014

Several Cherokee County School District students will participate in the Georgia Tech Distance Calculus Program being piloted at their school, which allows high school students to take a research university-level math class and earn college credit on their own high school’s campus using video-conferencing technology.

12/10/2014

The state will step in to examine the financial affairs of a school technology group funded by Twin Cities area school districts. A forensic accountant’s audit, ordered by the TIES group because it was losing money, revealed widespread spending irregularities and lack of documentation.

12/10/2014

The high school students at Early Career Academy, a tax-funded charter school scheduled to open next year in Indianapolis, will be able to earn an associate degree free of charge. But the degree comes with a catch: The credits from that degree likely will not transfer to any major Indiana university other than the charter school's sponsor, ITT Tech.

12/10/2014

Shooter Detection Systems has installed infrared sensors and microphones in Methuen, Mass., that can pick up the sound of gunfire and immediately notify school and law enforcement officials. But there is debate about whether such military-style measures are as valuable as more prevention-minded methods for schools with limited resources.

12/10/2014

The White House announced commitments by more than 60 school districts to offer computer science courses. Additionally, more than $20 million in philanthropic contributions have been made available to train teachers to teach computer science. Also, new partnerships by the National Science Foundation include a new Advanced Placement computer science course by the College Board.

12/10/2014

Green Power EMC launched a new curriculum and in-class learning laboratory featuring solar power for use by its SunPower for Schools school partners. The program provides solar arrays on school grounds and software that allows students to monitor real-time data on solar energy production.

12/10/2014

Disney Imagicademy, a technology-driven learning initiative designed for families with children 3 to 8, combines fundamental educational concepts with the Disney characters and stories. The integrated program includes 30 plus app-based experiences.

12/10/2014

IT professionals can help schools by fulfilling short-term contracts or working on specific projects. The schools not only benefit from their expertise, but they have the freedom to end the contract at any time. Outsourcing may not be the best long-term solution, but it will allow time for schools to find the right person for permanent placement.

12/10/2014

Amplify unveiled Professional Learning Maps, a system for personalizing educator professional development. Interactive maps show educators their areas of strength and need. The software then charts a course of online and in-person professional development sessions.

12/10/2014

A new instructional management solution, the Parent Student Portal, has been added to Kickboard's product offerings. The portal provides real-time updates about students’ course grades, missed assignments, merits and demerits and more to parents and students via a computer or mobile device.

12/10/2014

U.S. Department of Education officials have granted a year-old request from the Middletown and Schenectady districts to investigate whether New York's school aid system shortchanges districts with large minority populations.

12/10/2014

Students and teachers may not always see eye-to-eye, but they’re in agreement when it comes to technology in the classroom: more is better, according to new CompTIA research. Three-quarters of educators see positive effects of technology. Nine in 10 students say the use of technology in the classroom will be important in helping them get jobs.

12/10/2014

iRobot Corp. updated its STEM outreach program, including launching Create 2. The preassembled robot platform is based off the company’s Roomba to give educators, students and developers robotic programming experience. iRobot also unveiled online resources, including 3D printable files for new parts and faceplate drilling projects.

12/10/2014

The state has won a $3.3 million School Climate Transformation grant and a School Emergency Management grant worth nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Education. The School Climate Transformation grant will help the state expand its current infrastructure for supporting effective positive behavior practices.

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