Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 8:11am
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.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 8:05am
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.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 7:57am
Forget wood shop and auto shop: Students at San Bernardino City Unified’s Indian Springs High School are going to learn computer-aided design of prosthetic limbs, print them on high-end 3D printers and finish the end result.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 7:54am
Waukee will become the latest Iowa school district to install a high-tech software program, called the Raptor Visitor Management System, that screens visitors to ensure they are not in the national database for sex offenders.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 7:52am
FSSD in Tennessee will seek another instructional technology specialist to support and lead educators and students. These specialists help integrate technology within daily lessons; one will focus on prekindergarten through fourth grade and the other grades 5-8.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 7:44am
Math movies. Yoga. Thanksgiving e-books. Don’t expect the typical at Stonegate Elementary, where teachers are told to try anything that might kindle the flame of student success. That’s the mantra of Principal Stan Machesky and his staff: innovative teachers inspire not only through the creative tools they craft, but by being models of learning that students can emulate.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 7:41am
Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart unveiled her plan to invest up to $300 million for technology in schools, but a soon-to-be released report suggests the price tag to put devices in every Utah student’s hands might actually be much steeper. A draft of the report, from a work group associated with the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, pegs the cost of 1-to-1 devices in Utah schools at as much as $750 million for the first year.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 7:39am
New tech high schools are booming in Northeast Indiana. The area is known for its defense and manufacturing industries. To retain those sectors, these schools have found a way to keep young talent by teaching skills that will create opportunities and career advancement within the community.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 7:36am
A handful of nonprofit and for-profit groups are working to address what they see as a national education crisis: Too few of America's K12 public schools actually teach computer science basics and fewer still offer it for credit. It's projected that in the next decade there will be about 1 million more U.S. jobs in the tech sector than computer science graduates to fill them. And it's estimated that only about 10 percent of K12 schools teach computer science.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 7:33am
Alaska's House Education Committee is looking into funding aspects of an education bill by Gov. Sean Parnell that would allow vocational credits to be counted as high school credits for participating students. Under the bill, the 10 vocational schools involved must have an agreement in place with high schools that send students into their program or face a 20 percent reduction in state funding.