Opinion

Hiring IT professionals as a short-term solution for schools

IT professionals can help schools by fulfilling short-term contracts or working on specific projects. The schools not only benefit from their expertise, but they have the freedom to end the contract at any time. Outsourcing may not be the best long-term solution, but it will allow time for schools to find the right person for permanent placement.

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Schools coming up short on computer science

Chicago Public Schools — America’s third-largest school district typically finds itself in the national media for stories about violence, school closures and other unflattering subjects. It has received less attention for an ambitious and innovative experiment launched this year: New computer science classes rolled out across Chicago this fall, and within a few years the city plans to make its school district the first major one in the country to designate computer science as a requirement for graduation.

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Snow day plan may leave some students in cold

Nearly 30 Indiana public school systems have gotten the go-ahead to offer online lessons during snow days. However, online learning will be a struggle for those with no internet access or technology at home. We need to find a way to roll out online education programs to more schools, but in an informed and inclusive way.

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To bolster Nevada's high-tech education, reform schools

Nevada’s school districts need faster alternative high-tech certification programs, more hiring flexibility and a merit pay system that not only rewards high-performing teachers, but provides significantly higher base salaries to positions that are critical to workforce training.

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School districts are really bad at buying technology

School districts that spend billions of dollars every year on the latest educational technology are using antiquated buying processes that shut out teachers and leave tech companies frustrated, according to a new report by the national nonprofit Digital Promise and the Johns Hopkins School of Education.

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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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