Administrators from Chesterfield County Public Schools in Virginia are soliciting bids to buy more than 30,000 Chromebooks for middle and high school students, with a goal of completing its 1-to-1 program by the 2015-2016 school year.
As part of its efforts to encourage learning in the STEM fields of education, Facebook recently donated a laptop to every eighth grader at Everett Middle School in San Francisco. The event came with a surprise visit from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Fourth-graders at Roosevelt Elementary School, in Park Ridge, Ill., were chatting recently when the computer in their classroom began beeping. The students quieted down. Their teacher, Jean Kulnig, clicked a few buttons and a live video feed from England popped onto a whiteboard. Staring back were students nearly 4,000 miles away.
As the Miami-Dade school system launches BYOD districtwide, it is also going live with wifi.dadeschools.net, a website of digital purchasing tips to help parents make the right tech choices for their children.
Eleven Idaho schools are only a few months into their tech pilots. However, lawmakers may decide to put more money into additional pilots soon without much evidence from the field. When they convene in January, they will face a $3 million request from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. However, Luna says that lawmakers want to fund a "considerable" classroom tech upgrade and may be open to more.
When technology instructor Deirdre D’Urso began teaching tech classes at Hudson Public Schools in Massachusetts, the emphasis was on keyboarding, drawing programs, PowerPoint presentations and word processing. Today, the classes use Google Docs in the cloud, and the teachers use Edmodo, which allows shared homework assignments, quizzes, and videos.
The 76 students enrolled in the Duluth school district’s alternative high school have mostly done away with paper and pencils. To improve student achievement, the district spent about $25,000 on Google Chromebooks to help teach students using a “flipped classroom” model.
The Blairsville-Saltsburg School District has been recognized by Apple for making good use of technology in enhancing instruction for its students.The district's iPlan has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2013-2015—a distinction granted to just a handful of districts in Pennsylvania.
The subject of digital citizenship comes up frequently in conversation, but since we’re constantly using technology and interacting in digital communities, an ongoing discussion about the topic is a necessity.
The Moon Area School District's new superintendent is one of five in Pennsylvania who has never taught children in a classroom. Curt Baker, 54, replaces Donna K. Milanovich, who retired in June after six years in the position. He most recently was deputy superintendent of the Roanoke City Public Schools in Virginia.
The short but rocky relationship between the Reading, Pa. school board and Superintendent Dr. Carlinda Purcell has come to an end. The board voted to fire Purcell, effective immediately. Substitute Superintendent Karen B. Gokay will take over as acting superintendent.
An Ohio school superintendent, two coaches and a principal were charged by a grand jury that investigated whether other laws were broken in the rape of a drunken 16-year-old girl by two football players.
When fourth-grader Abby Ahrens boards the school bus in her Cincinnati suburb, she thrusts out a white card as she passes a small computer screen next to the bus doors. It beeps, and the monitor lights up briefly. Then her mother gets a text message saying her daughter has made it onto the bus.
The Moriarty-Edgewood School District in New Mexico will be joining districts from Santa Fe, Taos and Española in an attempt to pressure state lawmakers into spending more of the state's money on education.
Isle of Wight Superintendent Katrise Perera and school board members objected to the new A-F grading system for schools and the Opportunity Educational Institute, a state agency that would take over schools that have been classified as failing for three consecutive years.