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Top K12 stories of 2016

Ariana Fine
January, 2017
Interest in virtual reality is becoming an increasing reality in public schools as ed-tech companies offer more cost-effective devices.

As we face a new year with a new president, Newsletter Editor Ariana Fine looked back on 2016 to consider the biggest and most influential stories in K12 education. 

Infographic: Virtual reality is rapidly coming to the classroom

District Administration
October, 2016
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Exciting students about learning is the No. 1 reason schools are experimenting with virtual reality.

It's a rapidly advancing technology the most district expect to use in the near future. 

Other benefits educators have cited?

It reduces the costs of field trips and encourages creativity. 

The learning power of reality in K12 education

Angela Pascopella and Bob Violino
October, 2016
Greenwood Elementary School in Minnesota exposes young students to augmented reality using a mobile device and Aurasma. Left, Principal Brad Gustafson shows off his business card, which comes to life with him sinking a basketball into the net, thanks to tech tools.

Using tablets, apps and YouTube videos, students at a Minnesota elementary school have added new virtual elements to paintings and other artwork, so their masterpieces include videos that not only get them engaged, but also help them better understand ideas behind the art itself.

Virtual missions to space enhance STEM studies

Ariana Fine
September, 2016
In golden light: A photo of Earth, left, taken from the Cupola module on the International Space Station. Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Long Island are perfectly clear from the space station.

Students can step inside an astronaut’s’ boots to experience life and research onboard the international space station with online science courses offered by the Virtual High School, which supplements public school instruction.

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