Florida's "first iPad high school" has deployed 300 iPads to its high school teachers and students. Thanks to preparations on the infrastructure, training, and security fronts, the fall rollout has proved relatively snag-free.
- By Bridget McCrea
St. Charles Parish Public Schools had its emergency notification service up and running just ahead of the most notorious American hurricane in modern times.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
On any given school day you can find Enrique Legaspi's eighth grade history and leadership class at Hollenbeck Middle School in Los Angeles using Twitter to learn more about the events of World War I, collect and share information about the women's suffrage movement, and round up information about university-level programs.
- By Bridget McCrea
As the title of one of the features in the October issue of T.H.E. Journal suggests, we're "Swimming in Data." The story examines the question of how much data you really need to make some informed decisions about student achievement. But that's not the only time the concept of data and its significance in education comes up in this issue.
GIS technologies allow students to tackle real-world issues while developing critical thinking skills. And, as the work of the students and teachers in Virginia who participate in James Madison University's Geospatial Semester program seems to indicate, it might just revolutionize project-based learning in K-12 schools.
- By Jennifer Demski
When district leadership truly owns technology, innovation is possible, no matter what the obstacles.
- By Therese Mageau
Wireless access points that utilize the 802.11n standard offer super fast speeds and can simultaneously support a multitude of bandwidth-hogging devices. For many schools, the benefits offered by enhanced technology in the classroom are balanced by an equivalent number of hurdles, from budget to buy-in to technical issues.
- By Michelle Fredette
An Ohio high school finds that the digital signage it originally installed for sports results in benefits that reach beyond its athletics program. The digital scoreboards have also had a big impact on student relations. In the five years the school has used the system, digital signage has helped to bridge the gap between athletes and student "techies," two previously often polarized groups.
- By Alva James Johnson
In a challenging economic environment, school districts are looking for ways to manage their transportation costs, reduce carbon footprints, and maintain student safety. Technology, including global positioning systems and software, is leading the effort.
When large urban school districts undertake technology implementation, things can get… well… a little bit complicated. But that doesn't mean that big-city schools can't find success. Certain common themes--like buy-in, flexibility, professional development--emerge as essential elements to achieving success on the larger playing fields of big-city schools