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Finding a fit for wearable tech

As smartwatches, wristbands, headsets and other wearable products become more sophisticated, expect to see classroom networks of these “ultramobile” devices interacting with each other and enabling students and teachers to share digital information as never before.

Crowdfunding the classroom

While auditing New Hanover County Schools in North Carolina, Nancy Braswell noticed assets coming into the district from unfamiliar sources. When she investigated, Braswell found that teachers were turning to a variety of companies and nonprofits to help fund classroom resources through social media.

Blended 2.0 shifts learning

The tech-powered combination of face-to-face classroom instruction with online inquiry that students pursue on their own has progressed into a new phase. But what constitutes blended learning 2.0 varies widely across districts.

ESSA strengthens services for homeless students

The number of homeless students increased in the 2016-17 school year to about 1.3 million—doubling since 2006-07. Districts and states that have done the best job graduating homeless students have now seen some of their practices enshrined in federal law as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Stadium stimulus

Big high school football stadiums in Texas have come under scrutiny from local fiscal watchdogs, but pushback is just part of the story about sports facility finance—where expenditures and potential revenue sources have grown more complex and potentially lucrative.

Sandy Hook Elementary School returns

Almost four years after the tragic shootings, the $50 million, 86,000-square-foot Sandy Hook Elementary School opened in late August to 400 students in pre-K through grade 4. The building includes a number of new safety measures, such as secure doors, video monitoring and impact-resistant windows. 

Detroit shifts debt, launches new district with local control

Plan divides the schools into an “old” district—a legal entity which will pay down debt over time—and a new debt-free district known as the Detroit Public Schools Community District, which will be given a $150 million startup loan from the state.

Great expectations for equity in education

Equity in K12 education doesn’t mean the same thing as equality. In fact, achieving true equity often requires providing lower-income schools and students with more resources than are given others in the same district, says Joel Boyd, superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools in New Mexico.

Be a source for our makerspace stories

Our editors will examine several aspects of the K12 makerspace movement. We want to talk to educators about connecting makerspaces to the core curriculum, and how they teach soft skills like teamwork, problem solving and creativity. We also want to hear about how schools design makerspaces, where teachers get ideas for projects, professional development and how makerspaces change from kindergarten to high school. Please click on the link to connect with us. 

Be a source for our makerspace stories

Our editors will examine several aspects of the K12 makerspace movement. We want to talk to educators about connecting makerspaces to the core curriculum, and how they teach soft skills like teamwork, problem solving and creativity. We also want to hear about how schools design makerspaces, where teachers get ideas for projects, professional development and how makerspaces change from kindergarten to high school. Please click on the link to connect with us. 

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