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Outlook: Classrooms get smarter

Kelly Walsh
January, 2016
Adopting new standards and testing strategies will be a priority in many classrooms in 2016.

As we head into 2016, teachers need to captivate and inspire collaboration with tools that excite students and let them express themselves. Students expect innovations that ignite learning passions that will steer them toward their future career.

Schools get off to a flying start in North Texas

Ariana Fine
January, 2016
Northwest ISD students work together in a competition to build the tallest freestanding tower.

Teaching students to dream high is one thing. Teaching them how to help others fly safely is something left to ambitious districts.

K12 drives demand for 3D printers

Alison DeNisco
December, 2015
K12 schools and universities are increasingly purchasing 3D printers such as the MakerBot and integrating them into the curriculum to prepare students for STEM careers.

Analysts expect 3D printer shipments to double worldwide to nearly 496,500 units in 2016—in large part due to demand from K12 schools and universities, according to a new report.

3D printers—devices that create physical objects from digital plans—are more common in STEM classes than in people’s homes, despite manufacturers’ initial expectations for the machines.

Statistics grows as key college and career skill

Alison DeNisco
December, 2015
Students taking a statistics course at Ipswich High School present on topics such as “Should the USA take on Syrian refugees?”

Statistics instruction has become integral in K12 math curricula thanks to a push from the Common Core and a national demand for students with the skills to fill data-intensive jobs.

Districts provide more courses that teach students how to analyze data and integrate statistics across subjects, says Jessica Utts, incoming president of the American Statistical Association.

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