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
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.
The new iPad Flip Turn Case from iGear is customizable with an institution's logo in white or full color.
Over the next four years Baltimore County Public Schools will roll out 150,000 Windows tablet PCs as part of an ambitious personalized learning initiative featuring a 1-to-1 device component.
- By Stephen Noonoo
Like many teachers, I was resistant to using technology at the start. I didn’t use any technology my first two years in the classroom (except the days my administrator would evaluate me and, for those days, I would throw together a PowerPoint!). Now I am lucky to work with some amazing districts, schools, administrators and teachers around the world who are revolutionizing education. Here are the first three reasons I don’t think I can be a great teacher without using mobile technology in my classroom.
- By Zachary Walker
Apex Learning, a provider of tools for virtual and blended learning, is expanding its line of math and English language arts tutorials for students in grades 6-8.
FileWave has introduced version 8.0 of its mobile device management software. New features include Android support, the addition of inventory-based smart groups, VPP managed distribution for Mac with multiple sToken support, parameterized profiles for Mac and advanced license management.
Why not let someone else keep your files safe and shareable so you don’t have to take up your hard drive space?
- By Ellen Zimmerman
As part of its YouthSpark initiative, Microsoft has teamed with nine of its hardware partners to deliver a special pricing program on devices for schools. The devices are designed to be compliant with Common Core testing requirements and start at less than $300.
Booneville School District in Mississippi has implemented Chromebooks and iPad Minis for all 1,300 K-12 students and 90 teachers, along with new wireless infrastructure to support the devices.