While many feel that formal instruction is important in developing good habits, others argue that kids are typing on phones and tablets that make keyboards irrelevant. Common Core testing is now shaping that debate by positioning keyboarding skills as an indirect way to measure student achievement.
Filament Games debuted Backyard Engineers, a game that teaches engineering concepts and problem solving skills by giving students the opportunity to design and adjust catapults for fictional water balloon fights.
The Nevada district is adding the schools to its list of turnaround schools for the 2015-2016 school year in order to improve results and graduation rates.
A state senator introduced a bill that makes it easier for parents who reside the majority of the workweek at their place of employment to enroll their children in the local school district.
In chemistry class in Ballard High School, students still do lab experiments, but all the directions are on their computers or mobile devices. In addition to using Google Docs for more organized note taking and real-time teacher grading, students are able to watch videos about the experiments they are about to conduct.
K12 Inc. is partnering with North Carolina Learns, Inc., a nonprofit charter school board, to operate the new North Carolina Virtual Academy for K12 students. The online school will use K12's curriculum technology and employ state-certified teachers from across North Carolina to provide customized instruction to students.
EarthEcho International has released a collection of standard-aligned educational materials and documentary videos on their second youth expedition, EarthEcho Expedition: Beyond the Dead Zone.
The spending package includes a 4 percent increase in basic aid for K12 schools with an additional $212 million for schools for the 2015-16 academic year and $217 million for the 2016-17 school year. The package includes money for basic school aid and a teacher leadership initiative.
Some technologists say widespread lapses in student data protection across the education technology sector could potentially expose students to hacking, identity theft or even unwanted contact from strangers.
The new head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing the government’s longtime opposition to mandating safety belts on school buses and is looking at the issue on commercial buses.
Under a proposal from State Superintendent Randy Dorn, school districts would have to report how their students are meeting technology literacy requirements — whether it’s through a test, a culminating project or computer-oriented coursework.
Small and largely out of the way, Texas' Natalia High School is quietly developing a reputation as a top center for learning a decidedly 21st Century discipline: robotics. The high school, which has 315 students, will be represented for the seventh straight year at the Texas Computer Education Association state robotics championship in May.
Superintendent Arthur W. Tate of Iowa’s Davenport public schools implemented a more data-driven method of identifying and responding to potential dropouts. He also formed a community task force and resource system to entice dropouts to return to class.
Vernier Software & Technology launched the Vernier Structures & Materials Tester to help STEM students explore key engineering concepts. Students can design, build and test structures, conduct bridge competitions and analyze beam designs and material properties.