K12 Headlines

9/3/2014

9/3/2014

By now, Los Angeles Unified was supposed to be the technological model for big-city school systems with its iPad project. Instead the district has become a national model of the tensions that stifle public school reform. Our technology projects were stranded between high-minded ideals and grass-roots realities; tripped up by jockeying over priorities, politics and power.

9/3/2014

The student privacy debate is highly political. Big data collections can be very useful for determining patterns and changing programs. But schools also need to be extremely careful in what they collect, the companies they share it with, and what happens to the data later. And they need to do a better job of informing parents.

9/3/2014

As more school systems embrace online education, questions of who pays for the technology keep cropping up. For some systems, obtaining the technology to advance their students' skills means adjusting their school budget priorities. The ultimate solution, however, may be for foundations, donors, or tech companies to step in and cover the cost of tablets for every student.

9/3/2014

Since South Carolina's first three online schools launched in 2008 with 2,175 students, the online student population has grown fourfold. But the fact that some students don't do well in the less structured environment has hurt the overall academic standing of the six virtual charter schools, with none achieving a grade higher than C.

9/3/2014

Shelby County Schools cut the ribbon on Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, a first-of-its-kind public school that is partnering with Christian Brothers University. Although the county already has STEM schools, this is the first to factor the arts into science, technology, engineering and math.

9/3/2014

Measuring and even changing a student’s brain activity was once a science fiction concept. But technology advances are pushing to market more products that use attention levels and plasticity of the mind to raise academic achievement.

9/3/2014

NGN, Parker FiberNet and ETC Communications launched a partnership to create the Education Exchange, a 3,600-mile, fiber optic network to connect schools across 30 north Georgia counties. The educational network allows more than 330 schools and facilities to share instructional material, textbooks, classroom resources and administration assets.

9/3/2014

Sally Ride Science's newest professional development course, STEM Connections to Common Core, offers training designed to help educators use classroom lessons in STEM to support specific Common Core State Standards.

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September 19-22, 2014
Kissimmee, Fla.

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September 30-October 3, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

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October 2-3, 2014
Rohnert Park, Calif.

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October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

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October 30-November 2, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

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November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

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District CIOs looking to save money on computers are increasingly turning to refurbished technology. Buying preowned equipment puts more devices in the hands of students and keeps old machines out of landfills.

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