Google has named the winners in its premiere Google Science Fair, a global online science competition held in partnership with CERN, Lego, National Geographic, and Scientific American. All of the winning entries dealt with health issues, including carcinogens in marinades, indoor air quality, and even an improved treatment for some chemotherapy patients with ovarian cancer.
Sylvia Charp Award judges Anita McAnear and Therese Mageau spoke to T.H.E. Journal about the way in which this year's award winner was picked out of a very strong field of nominations.
When Kathy Peck came onboard as principal at Saint Joseph School a year ago, the Rockville, CT-based institution was pretty far behind on the technology curve. With 110 students, the K-8 school had a single computer lab that over time had become defunct.
- By Bridget McCrea
Prathana Dalal of Shawnee Mission East High School in Leawood, KA has won the International BioGENEius Challenge.
CompassLearning has selected four winners for its Odyssey Innovation grants.
The Next Generation Learning Challenges initiative has awarded $7 million to education technology programs focused on Common Core State Standards.
A private school in Connecticut is reporting that it's overcome financial hurdles over the last year and given itself a full technology makeover--made possible in large part through some creative approaches to funding.
Experts now say that when it comes to crafting successful plans for STEM funding, short-term and piecemeal are out, while long-term and strategic are in.
The Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program for schools has received a major facelift. Based on "substantial feedback from prior applicants and other stakeholders," the United States Department of Education has revamped the rules and made it easier for schools to obtain matching funds.
Ed tech may be more of a rallying point for the community than some would expect, as one K-12 district in Florida learned. The district tried once and failed to get support for a tax increase for capital projects. The second time around, though, technology was added to the referendum. The result? Funds aplenty to pay for IT initiatives across 39 campuses and for rigorous teacher training to support those initiatives.
- By Bridget McCrea