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The barriers to technology in education

When it can be conclusively proven that technology within schools aids in meeting educational objectives, it will become easier to charter effective district technology plans, budgeting and education reforms. Such educational reforms will require meticulous planning and long-term vision to have a sustained impact.

Ransomware attack takes school district captive

Staff and students of New Jersey's Swedesboro-Woolwich district were unable to access computer programs, files and other network-related services for several days due to a ransomware malware attack. The attack has interfered not only with day-to-day academic activities, but also district email servers and the statewide PARCC test.

Strengthening New Jersey's future with STEM mentorships

Home to a large amount of scientists and engineers per square mile, New Jersey is committed to finding 6,000 mentors over the next three years to encourage more high school girls to consider STEM studies in college.

Students want more gaming, coding, mobile app instruction

Nine out of 10 students recognize the importance of developing technology skills early to ensure they are prepared to enter the workforce, according to new research published by CompTIA.

No more school landlines with E-rate update

Landlines are out and internet-based phones are in for many schools this year, as the modernized E-rate program begins scaling back funds for traditional phone service.

School tech bill passes Alabama Senate

Given the advancement of touch-screen technologies in tablets and computers, the State Senate passed a bill to strengthen the 2012 Alabama Ahead Act dropping a requirement that devices come with electronic pens. This move should clear the way to replacing textbooks with tablets and laptops.

Privacy bill wouldn't stop data mining of kids

When President Barack Obama called for a new federal law to protect student privacy online, he called the concept “pretty straightforward.” But the proposed bipartisan bill has proved anything but. It empowers schools to authorize even wider disclosure of student data, without notifying parents or seeking their consent.

Superintendent McEntire harnesses technology in Presidio ISD

Presidio ISD, a remote, Title I, poverty-stricken Texas border district with a 98 percent Hispanic population, created a STEM initiative and early college high school program that have contributed to a 97 percent graduation rate with 14 percent of the district’s students entering college as juniors and 24 percent as sophomores.

Can analytics predict the best teachers?

Big data and analytics can help districts with the hiring process by offering some insight into which teacher candidates will be the most effective in the classroom. These programs are designed to accurately gauge the impact teacher candidates will have on student test scores.

P-Tech bill aims to address industry need for middle-skilled jobs

Two Colorado lawmakers presented a House bill that would create a high school partnership framework with businesses in the IT, science, engineering, math and technology fields. Along with a curriculum of high school and college-level classes, students at the designated P-Tech schools would also get internships, mentoring and other practical workplace training.

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