While there are issues with the Common Core State Standards, 2+2=4, the water cycle, the War of 1812 and Captain Ahab are all the same in Georgia, California, New Hampshire, Michigan – and even Texas. There are, then, defacto national educational standards. In an era of diminishing resources, does it make sense, then, that each state – and each district – should spend those precious resources developing their own curricula that align with the CCSS? NO! We need to tell politicians to stop using our children as pawns in their political games! Let’s be reasonable, not political, for a change.
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
In the first quarter of 2014, the global projector market grew 7 percent compared to the same period last year, reaching 1.87 million units, according to market research company Futuresource Consulting. In the U.S., however, market volume increased just 2 percent.
Despite all the attention on assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, 80 percent of students say they have not heard of new state accountability tests, according to a report released this week.
- By Christopher Piehler
Arizona Project WET, an initiative of the University of Arizona that seeks to develop water stewardship and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy among K-12 students, has launched a project that uses smartphones to guide participants through a habitat restoration area.
A new online repository from the University of Michigan will make hundreds of 3D images of prehistoric bones available to students and the general public, with thousands more expected to be added.
- By Stephen Noonoo
Hooda Math has released three new free games in an effort to help prevent summer slide among students in elementary and middle school.
Google is now taking applications for a limited preview of a new app called Google Classroom — a tool that brings learning management functionality to the Google Apps for Education suite.
Scholastic has launched a pair of programs, Storia School Edition and Core Clicks, to bring digital reading into the classroom.
itslearning has added new features to its cloud-based learning management system (LMS), including numerous features geared toward student-focused, personalized learning.
A long-tested curriculum for middle schoolers that blends algebra and geometry concepts with the programming of games is getting a new boost.
- By Dian Schaffhauser