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Jennings School District hums a new tune for success

When students in music class at Jennings School District in Missouri started taking violin lessons, they would show when they were frustrated. After a year of playing beautiful music, the students wait a beat, and calm down, instead of acting out.

Principal at Mystic Middle

The Business Of: e-payments

A step for districts going paperless is to stop accepting cash or paper checks from parents. Many school systems have had vendors set up secure online portals where parents can pay for AP courses, lunches and field trips, among other items.

On Topic: The SAT and social equity

University of San Francisco associate professor Richard Greggory Johnson III, who focuses on social equity and human rights, says the same problems that have historically plagued the SAT will remain in the updated version, and that the exam really isn’t needed at all.

BYOD success stories

Districts that have implemented BYOD successfully have found building a powerful Wi-Fi network, developing explicit acceptable use policies, and communicating those policies clearly to students, parents and teachers are critical steps in the technology transition.

PD evolves with the Common Core

As the new standards transform learning, teachers across the country are learning to implement new math systems, add informational texts and demand more of student writing. Meanwhile, a sharper distinction is emerging between training offered to elementary school teachers and to their peers in higher grades.

Bullying drives districts to block new social media app

High schools in Connecticut and Texas have blocked a new social media app from school Wi-Fi servers after several reports of cyberbullying. The app is a free, anonymous local bulletin board where people can post messages and pictures that others in proximity can view.

Common Core passes field test — with a few snags

Field testing for the Common Core assessments wrapped up in June, with districts in 36 states reporting mostly successful first runs despite some challenges around technology, test questions and scheduling.

Robots revolutionize STEM in schools

The new breed of robots rolling, dancing and flying into classrooms is giving educators at all grade levels an engaging new tool to fire students’ enthusiasm for math, computer programming and other STEM-related subjects.

District Administration streaming SIIA sessions live

Today at 3:30 p.m., Eastern time, District Administration will live stream the SIIA Education Technology Awards Luncheon, where winners of the Innovation Incubator Program and the recipients of the Ed Tech Impact Award and Education Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced. At 9:30 p.m., the CODiE Awards ceremony showcases applications, products and services from developers of educational technologies across the K-20 sector.