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Even if the intention exists to strengthen teaching and learning through technology, accomplishing it is not easy. For school leaders and teachers pursuing technology professional development, a number of factors can easily thwart their success:


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The Hazlet Township (N.J.) School District, located in Monmouth County in central New Jersey, has approximately 3,300 students and 400 teachers. There are six elementary schools, a middle school and a high school in the district.

The average score for eighth-graders on the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAE P) was the highest ever, but only 39 percent scored at or above the proficient level (Lee, Grigg, & Dion, 2007). Even fewer high school seniors (23 percent) were proficient (Grigg, Donahue, & Dion, 2007). “The sharp falloff in mathematics achievement in the U.S. begins as students reach late middle school, where, for more and more students, algebra course work begins,” the National Mathematics Advisory Panel said in 2008 in its final report.

 

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Edugaming is in the midst of a resurgence. After the initial successes of the 1970s and 1980s, intense competition from console game systems from companies such as Nintendo, Sega and later Sony severely cut into demand for PC-based educational games, which often paled in comparison. As a result, many edugame companies were quickly outpaced and outspent and were either sold, downsized or forced out of business.

 

The Auto Industry’s Impact on School Districts

In car manufacturing areas, the financial troubles of the “big three” automakers—Ford, General Motors and Chrysler—are putting a bit of a strain on school districts.

 

Bad Times Spawn Good Eating Habits

 

Pennsylvania Online Schools Struggle Amid Bad Economy

Innovative technology and better access have had online school enrollments going strong for the past 10 years, but the recent slump in the economy may be painting a different picture in Pennsylvania’s cyberschools.

 

In 2006, Secaida D. Howell was nearly the 10th superintendent in as many years to lead Bamberg School District Two in Denmark, S.C. He inherited antiquated policies, teacher certifications falling through the cracks, and waning student achievement.

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