Atantic County Institute of Technology superintendent chosen for his work on expansion of county vocational school from a shared-time high school to a full-time comprehensive career and technical high school focused on 21st-century careers.
The editors of District Administration magazine are proud to present the 2013 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products. This year’s winners were chosen from more than 1,800 unique nominations sent by K12 leaders who detailed the products’ positive impacts on their schools.
Joseph Mazza, who has been principal of Knapp Elementary School since 2007, part of the North Penn School District, is stepping down effective Dec. 4 to accept a grant-funded position within the district that involves helping administrators, home and school associations, teachers and other groups to connect and collaborate through social media.
Andrew Cox, the Aiken County School District's new tech director, is a self-described classic computer geek with a long career in technology that started in the Aiken district. He succeeds Dal Stanley, who will retire in January after 27 years with the South Carolina district.
According to a new study by Speedtest.net, the U.S. ranks 31st in the world in average download speeds. At 20.77 megabits per second (Mbps), America falls behind countries like Estonia, Hungary and Uruguay. With the average download speed across the globe at 16.20 Mbps, the U.S. is only a handful of spots away from ranking below average.
Latinos are closing the digital divide, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. The survey shows that Latinos are 2 percent more likely to own a cell phone than whites, 3 percent more likely to use a smartphone and 16 percent more likely than whites to be accessing the internet from a mobile device.
Much of the modern education reform movement has centered around the drive for data. The video gaming industry does much the same thing, but for a different purpose. It is becoming a data-driven industry where games evolve depending on how they are played, and some game designers are hoping to take these new skills and apply them back to education.
The dearth of women in technology professions or girls taking STEM classes has been well-documented. But I found reason for hope recently one afternoon with young girls studying STEAM, in full-day Saturday workshops where the girls engaged in hands-on learning about robotics and gaming technology using NASA STEM education guidelines developed for the U.S. Department of Education.
High-tech plus high-touch equals high cost, an equation that has some Mead SD educators looking for extraordinary solutions. The Washington district’s Riverpoint Academy combines computer-based instruction with hands-on manufacturing. Keeping up with the latest technology is challenging, however, as few of the necessary tools on Director Dan Butler's wish list come cheap.
Thanks to a new program adopted by the Jackson-Madison County school system in Tennessee, 80 students have signed up for coding clubs that will help them get in on the ground floor of this high-tech trend. The program could give them a leg up for post-secondary education and, hopefully, help them land a good job after graduation.
A state audit found shortcomings in how administrators at the North Carolina Virtual Public School reported enrollment totals and evaluated teachers, but found no evidence that educators were overpaid. About 50,000 public school students across the state take part in the school's more than 100 online courses .