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Parental engagement easier for K12 schools with new platform apps

The new Apps For Education Platform from WillowTree Apps gives K12 districts the ability to develop and deploy customized mobile apps and HTML5 websites for their schools.

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District Administration is doing an article for its June 2014 issue on the Common Core assessments. If your district has already implemented the online assessments successfully, we’d like to hear from you. Follow the link to contact us.

Google Capital invests in Renaissance Learning

The K12 assessment and learning analytics company announced a $40 million minority investment from Google Capital.

How to jumpstart tech use in low-income schools

The challenges of rural schools are many of the same (though not all) that low-income public schools face across the country: inadequate access to technology and broadband, tight budgets, and educators who have not been trained in using technology in meaningful ways. But these hurdles did not deter Daisy Dyer Duerr, Prek-12 Principal of St. Paul Public Schools in St. Paul, Ark.

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Hillsborough district is hiring STEM teachers

The focus on hiring STEM teachers is getting a boost in Hillsborough County, Fla., thanks to the district’s recent acceptance into a national program that is dedicated to filling the void. Hillsborough is one of a handful in the nation, and the only one in Florida, participating in the “100K in 10” initiative launched by President Obama in 2011 to train, hire and retain 100,000 STEM teachers over 10 years.

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Next generation of engineers must be nurtured

Third-grade students at Los Amigos Elementary School in Tucson had a dilemma to solve—how to best save a turtle from the polluted Ganges River in India. After studying the issues, the students worked side by side with engineers from Raytheon Missile Systems to design and build a complex water filter system to clean the river and save the turtle.

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Chris Cerf's decision to leave ed post is New Jersey's loss

New Jersey’s departing Commissioner of Education, Chris Cerf, has a new gig at the education technology firm Amplify Insight. If the Garden State is truly committed to education reform, it will find another commissioner cut from the same cloth.

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Rhode Island schools are on the right course

In Rhode Island, we invest wisely in our children and schools. But despite the progress we've made, we have much more to do to ensure that all our students are achieving. First, we need to welcome technology into the classroom—not just as a tool or resource, but as an essential element in the process of teaching and learning. 

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3 things to include in your digital learning strategic plan

A school- or districtwide digital learning strategy provides a paddle to help steer your organization toward its learning and teaching goals. It’s the shared vision educators rally around to guide effective technology implementation. In Wisconsin, award-winning ed tech advocate Kurt Kiefer helped develop a statewide digital learning strategic plan that serves as a blueprint for schools as they transition toward digital age instructional models. Here, we share his ideas.

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10 key findings from COSN's 2013 IT Leadership Survey

In 2012, 80 percent of school district IT leaders predicted flat or declining IT budgets. That was one trend uncovered in the Consortium for School Networking's 2013 survey. Their 2014 survey is currently underway. In the meantime, here are 10 key findings from last year's report.

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