Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:29pm
Blended and online learning platforms are changing K12 pedagogy by providing students with some control over their path, time, pace and place of learning. Here are seven main considerations for rolling out a successful blended learning platform.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:10pm
At one point or another, school districts find themselves in the glare of a harsh media spotlight. Sometimes a well-intentioned decision backfires. In other cases, an employee’s inappropriate or illegal behavior sparks outrage. Within days, or even hours, the news goes viral and the whole world seems to know.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:28pm
Perrin-Whitt CISD Superintedent John Kuhn’s new book, "Fear and Learning in America: Bad Data, Good Teachers, and the Attack on Public Education," makes a pitch for sensible education reform.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:11pm
Research shows that good teachers and principals are highly correlated with higher student achievement. Research also shows effective district leadership is also vital for high student achievement.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 1:37pm
National and regional cooperative purchasing groups have long offered districts cost savings through pre-negotiated vendor contracts for commodities like office supplies. But co-ops are expanding their reach, enabling districts to save on construction as well as facilities’ products and services.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 1:49am
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:27pm
Rural schools that don’t have the ability to build or maintain a wireless network may have another option that gives students internet access in class and at home: LTE networks--a wireless technology that offers fast data download and upload speeds for cell phones and tablets.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:55pm
Installing a synthetic-surface athletic field can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. Any school district that invests in one and then treats it as a maintenance-free luxury may end up spending a lot more money on repairs and replacements.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:53pm
A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:04pm
Safety, flexibility and energy efficiency are the forces driving new school construction as administrations create buildings to rival college facilities to prepare students for the technology-driven world they will find in college and the workforce.