Opinion

Providing technology to students proves valuable to us all

Somewhere in the election year skirmishes over the Idaho Education Network, something is getting lost. What we've forgotten is that Idaho took an important step six years ago, and Idaho students are reaping the benefits today. Now is not the time to go backward legislatively when it comes to technology in schools.

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The challenge of teaching science in rural America

Rural schools face different problems than urban schools when it comes to improving their STEM instruction. Administrators from a consortium of rural communities have found new ways to make STEM classes better for teachers and students, including seeking grants for additional infrastructure and partnering with local businesses.

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It's time to rethink our use of technology in schools

There is evidence that where schools and colleges use technology effectively there is a correlation with better outcomes. But that is not the same as saying the technology is actually aiding learning. It is not the technology that makes a difference, it is the teachers.

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New York's school tech initiative much too vague

The state's intention to have voters approve $2 billion in spending for school technology is not a terrible idea, but the prep work has been abysmal. Voters should reject this idea and force the state to come back with a better, more tangible plan.

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Silicon Valley schools fall behind in STEM Funding

A mismatch exists between the needs of the 21st century workforce and the skill sets Silicon Valley public school graduates possess. Unless we improve teacher quality and school leadership over the next several years, our region may lose its standing as a global economic engine.

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New N.Y. diploma would encourage career and tech studies

The NY Board of Regents will discuss a new pathway to a diploma that will allow high school students to swap state course requirements for a test in technical education, the arts or humanities. The tests would ensure that coursework meets industry standards, and the resulting diploma will be better for the kids, the trades and better the economy.

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Will education technology be the next Mass. growth sector?

The education technology industry has been growing in Massachusetts, fueled by university faculty, students and K12 educators hoping to improve learning and be more efficient. Just as the life sciences boom was fueled by universities and early adopting hospital and medical provider systems, ed tech will need support from early adopter educators.

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Microsoft to students: Your data is safe with us

A number of top tech firms made a pledge to keep student data secure. Firms like Microsoft, Amplify, Code.org, DreamBox Learning, and others have signed the Student Privacy Pledge, which commits to the secure handling of data from K12 students. School service providers will not be able to sell student information or change privacy policies without notice.

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Students learn new reality of manufacturing

The Heavy Metal Tour is quickly becoming a tradition, as thousands of eighth-graders from more than 30 central Wisconsin high schools get a chance to tour various local manufacturing facilities to see for themselves the cool, high-tech work that manufacturing has become.

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Enforce ‘no phone zone’

Police are about to crack down on cellphone use in school zones and rightfully so. The new Louisiana law prohibiting cellphone use while driving in school zones during posted hours went into effect in August. It is unlikely that lawmakers will go so far as to require technology disabling devices while driving, so we must practice self-discipline.

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