District CIO

Schools aren't teaching kids to code; here's who's filling the gap

Learning to code is all the rage these days, but not in one place that matters a lot: U.S. schools. American students already significantly lag their global counterparts where math and science skills are concerned, but computer science is in even worse shape. Of 12 technical subjects examined in a recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics, computer science was the only one that declined in student popularity from 1990 to 2009. 

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Cyberschool taxpayers stuck with legal fees?

Due to an ongoing investigation and criminal charges filed against its founder, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School spent nearly half a million dollars on legal fees in the past year. That’s bad news for the taxpayers all across Pennsylvania, who fund the public school. Even worse is the realization that any repayment to the school might not come for a long time, if ever.

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A reality check about computer labs at public schools

My co-founder and I at Playmation Studios are exploring how our English-language learning program can be used in schools. We want our software to be used by the largest number of students possible, among students who might not otherwise have access to our programs because they don’t have a computer at home.

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Baton Rouge district to hire Common Core consultant

As the Common Core educational standards continue to be hotly debated in some parts of Louisiana, Baton Rouge school officials say they are determined to make the district's curriculum more rigorous and they want to hire a consultant to help.

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Online video 2013

The percent of adult internet users who upload or post videos online has doubled from 14 percent in 2009 to 31 percent today. The share of adult internet users who watch or download videos has also grown from 69 percent in 2009 to 78 percent, with mobile phones playing a key role.

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Five research-driven education trends at work in classrooms

Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. Seemingly on-the-fringe experiments, like game-based learning, have turned into real trends, and have gradually made their way into many classrooms. Here are the five most popular trends.

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Miami-Dade teens will receive digital entrepreneurship ed

Six hundred low-income South Florida students will benefit from a new Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship program to help students build entrepreneurship and technology skills. The program is funded by a $200,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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Arkansas district working to bridge the digital divide

The Little Rock School District is offering low-cost computers to families who may normally not be able to afford them. Recently, the Henderson Magnet Middle School gym was transformed into a type of shopping center where parents could buy refurbished computers for just $50.

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Transforming teens into tomorrow's tech titans

Forty-five New York City public high school students are taking big strides toward achieving their dreams by learning how to work together on creating fully functional, original cellphone apps that also have business plans.

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Business partnership teaches Tennessee high schoolers tech skills

Two dozen representatives from the Rutherford County Manufacturing Council in Tennessee spend part of an afternoon recently with 23 Oakland High students enrolled in the mechatronics program at Motlow College.

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