Opinion

Our View: 21st-century schools take time

Technology is the cure for what ails you—at least as far as learning in the public school classroom goes. So goes the argument from Santa Fe Public Schools administrators, who want the Board of Education to approve a 1.5 mill levy tax so that the district can spend some $55 million over five years to make Santa Fe schools technology smart. It’s a lot of money.

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STEM education: include arts; STEM is not right for everyone

STEAM includes the arts as a vital part of each student’s education. If we want to engage more students, we need to spark their interests and their passions. The arts are a great way to accomplish this.

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Forbes 30-Under-30 honoree, Nic Borg, on tech-enabled education

Nic Borg’s background is unlike any of the other entrepreneurs featured in the Education Technology Innovation series. He comes from academe, but rather than being a former university professor, Borg spent seven years at Kaneland High School in Maple Park, Ill. building web-based tools and learning management solutions. The small-scale innovation that he introduced proved to be a pilot for something bigger to come.

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Paige: Digital classrooms are reshaping education

“Mark my words: Education technology is no novelty. Technology's reshaping of education is happening now, and further change is inevitable,” states Rod Paige, a former U.S. Education secretary and Houston Independent School District superintendent.

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Ed-tech pioneer Khan on what's next in online learning

By now, Salman Khan’s transition from hedge fund analyst to education technology mogul is well known in Silicon Valley. A decade ago, Khan began tutoring his 12-year-old cousin over the phone and through primitive instant messaging tools. Ten years and $7 million later, his Khan Academy online educational video empire counts 10 million monthly users in 200 countries.

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Connection failed: Internet still a luxury for many Americans

Among households with incomes of $30,000 and less, only 54 percent have access to broadband at home, says Kathryn Zickuhr, a research associate with Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. Members of these households are most likely to use internet access outside home—at work, school or a public library.

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Tech’s diversity problem is apparent as early as high school

In three states, not a single girl took the advanced placement exam in computer science last year. In eight states, no Hispanic students took it. And in 11 states, no black students took the test. The data—compiled by Barbara Ericson, director of computing outreach at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing—illustrates just how deeply the tech industry’s lack of diversity reaches.

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NASA centers move science, economy forward

The U.S. space program in Virginia is as strong now as it’s ever been. The two NASA centers in Virginia—Langley Research Center in Hampton and Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore—continue to be at the forefront of the agency’s work in deep space travel and in partnering with commercial industry to provide key services in low-Earth orbit.

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Digital age demands digital classrooms

The technology levies on the Washington state ballots are proof that the Legislature has failed its constitutional duty to fully fund basic education. The 21st century is saturated with electronic technology—yet school districts must beg local voters every few years to help upgrade computers, software and internet infrastructure. Technology today is part of basic education, but the state treats it as a luxury.

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Parents ask what's the rush on Madison schools' $31 million tech plan

A west side community group is asking the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin to slow down a controversial $31 million, five-year 1-to-1 computing tech plan. But another parent-teacher group is urging the board to move ahead with the tech plan to close what one parent calls an embarrassing technology gap between Madison and other districts.

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