Those who use technology in the classroom and school operations in innovative ways share three characteristics: They're willing to take risks; they share what they learn with their colleagues; and they inspire others to believe that they can be effective too. This from the National School Boards Association, which has just designated 20 people as educators "to watch."
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on changes to the E-rate program that are likely to go into effect next year.
Instructure has selected the winners of its Canvas Grants program, an initiative designed to encourage technological innovation from within the K-12 and higher education communities.
The Kids in Need Foundation has launched the 2014 School Ready Supplies program in an effort to help students from low-income families start the 2014 school year with the tools they need.
Despite the fact that mainframes are about to celebrate their 50th birthday, they aren't going away any time soon. And that's why IBM has expanded its "Master the Mainframe Contest" to include a world championship designed to entice young people to consider learning more about workings of these general-purpose, very large, very fast servers.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Advocacy group EducationSuperHighway is refuting claims made by the School Superintendents Association and the Association of Educational Service Agencies that its data collection initiative might be detrimental to districts' E-rate applications. The two groups warned members yesterday that use of ESH's Item 21 Portal might slow down the processing of their applications or make use of private data in unforeseen ways.
The Obama administration is proposing bringing back federal funding earmarked specifically for education technology. In its fiscal 2015 budget proposal, revealed publicly today, the administration included $200 million in district-level, tech-focused competitive grants in a program called "ConnectEDucators."
The National Education Foundation's Cyberlearning project has set aside $70 million that it will award to disadvantaged schools that are applying for federal assistance through the QZAB program.
Google is teaming up with Discovery Education to give students an opportunity to meet the artists behind Google's doodles via a virtual field trip. The event, dubbed "From Sketches to the Google Homepage," is part of the seventh annual Doodle 4 Google competition and will be broadcast live from the company's headquarters March 5 at 1 pm Eastern.
Every year, more than 2 million adults are released from prisons and jails in the United States. Of those, some 40 percent find themselves incarcerated within three years of their release. But prison education programs can curb the three-year rate of recidivism by as much as 13 full percentage points. Unfortunately, according to a new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice, those education programs saw some drastic cuts in the four years immediately following the start of the recession, especially in states with higher prison populations.