Teacher evaluation systems are being foisted on administrators without the preparation, tools or support needed to make the systems serve their theoretical purpose — improvements in the practice of teaching. "If we expect teacher evaluation to lead to improved instruction and learning in schools, we must provide the tools, resources and knowledge that principals need to implement successful teacher evaluation models," according to Gail Connelly, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Cloudpath Networks has introduced the XpressConnect Enrollment System 3.0, an automated device enablement (ADE) platform that combines secure device onboarding and certificate management.
Nearly 200 companies are expected to share their wares at this year's Digital Signage Expo, taking place this week in Las Vegas. From 3M Touch Systems to Zaag Technology, companies from around the world will be showing off displays with skinnier bezels, 3D capabilities and more efficient energy management; demonstrating enhanced feature sets in software; and proclaiming new partnerships.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
With ever-increasing opportunities for online learning, educators must find new ways to engage their students and create a sense of community in a virtual world.
The course covers essential elements of the standards (including strands, anchor standards and grade articulations) and outlines the goals of the English Language Arts standards.
- By Christopher Piehler
Crestron has started shipping a new tabletop presentation interface called Connect It.
Dell has introduced a new data center solution and thin client that support Windows Server 2012 R2 and vWorkspace.
Google this week formally launched its fourth-annual Google Science Fair, which calls on students aged 13 to 18 to submit experiments following this year's theme: "It's your turn to change the world."
Community Unit School District 308 in Illinois has implemented a data warehouse solution for data management, analytics and reports.
A new program out of MIT promises to introduce high school students to the wonders of invention. The Lemelson–MIT Program announced the launch of the Junior Varsity (JV) InvenTeam initiative, with pilots going on in Massachusetts and Texas.
- By Dian Schaffhauser