21st-century learning

Low-cost digital textbooks for high schools coming this fall

Teachers in over 900 schools nationwide will begin using one dollar e-textbooks this fall. The “Voces” e-textbooks, published by Teacher’s Discovery, an educational materials firm based in Michigan, gives teachers and students full access at home and at school through computers, iPads, and smartphones.

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Free tablets for all at Utah ‘Smart Schools’

Five Utah schools will share more than $2 million in funding to boost the use of technology in their classrooms this fall. The funding will go toward a tablet for each student, Wi-Fi, and classroom computers.

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Kansas City (Mo.) schools announce laptop rollout

In August, the Kansas City (Mo.) Public School District will start phasing in a 1:1 program that provides either a laptop or tablet computer, loaded with educational software and valued at $400 per student per year, to all 17,000 students.

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ISTE Buzz: STEM video games, cloud collaboration and online PD

Rapidly changing K12 classroom technology that is helping prepare students for college and the modern workforce was on display at this June’s ISTE conference in San Antonio, Texas. The exposition floor buzzed with 4,500 industry representatives and more than 500 exhibitors showcasing revolutionary products such as interactive tables, Common Core-aligned adaptive educational computer games, and data-driven instructional programs.

MOOCs go to K12: Higher ed trend expands to high schools

K12 districts are beginning to experiment with “massive open online courses”—better known as MOOCs—to offer classes they might not otherwise be able to due to budget cuts or low interest from students.

"Walls to Windows" immerses students in technology

Administrators at Westfield (N.J.) Public Schools don’t just want their students exposed to technology, they want them immersed in it, and have put together a technology-integration strategy that creates a connected and collaborative school community designed to empower students to thrive as 21st-century learners.

The need for global awareness education in the 21st century

Experts in the field of global awareness education and citizenship presented at P21's Congressional Event on Student Learning and Success in the 21st Century in June. In this video, watch the moderator and three panelists engage in lively discussion.

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The impact of digital tools on student writing and how writing is taught

A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and high school students finds that digital technologies are impacting student writing in myriad ways and there are significant advantages from tech-based learning.

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Blended learning means more computer time for 'digital natives'

Cumberland (R.I.) High School is using the Edgenuity online blended learning program for summer school credit recovery. The program provides more flexibility to students who might otherwise have had to take summer classes in another school where Cumberland would not be able to control the rigor.

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How one Indiana district is managing its growing one-to-one program

East Allen County Schools made a push to put an iPad in the hands of every student, doubling the number of digital devices in the district. No technology staff were added, just miles of cable and a wireless access point in every classroom.

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