K-12 Technology News

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Report Recommends Changes to Educator Preparation Programs

All students, particularly those with disabilities, would benefit from stronger licensure standards for teachers and principals, identification of key skills for new teachers and more rigorous educator preparation programs, according to a new report from the University of Florida and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Report: Professional Development Related to Anti-Bullying Policies Lacking in American Schools

Three in 10 school districts lack anti-bullying policies, including addressing cyberbullying. Only two in 10 require professional development for their educators on bullying or have district accountability for reporting of bullying incidents. Those results come out of a new comprehensive survey of anti-bullying policies in place at school districts across the country as of March 2011.

AYP Gets the Boot in Every Child Achieves Act

The potential successor to No Child Left Behind — the Every Child Achieves Act — passed in the United States Senate Thursday in a bipartisan vote of 81-17. This bill is a proposed replacement for the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which funds public education in this country.

Senate Privacy Bill Puts Constraints on Student Data Use

New legislation introduced today in the United States Senate aimed at curtailing the use of student data for commercial purposes and requiring vendors to secure data and provide access to parents.

Rochester Institute of Tech Expands Kids on Campus Summer Workshops

A well-known summer program for children at the Rochester Institute of Technology has expanded its offerings this year to include such courses as video production, 3D digital graphics and even traditional art.

Curriculum Advantage, Renaissance Learning Partner on Personalized Learning

Curriculum Advantage and Renaissance Learning have partnered in an effort to make it easier for teachers to personalize learning.

PC Sales Continue Decline Despite U.S. Growth from Apple, Lenovo

The global PC market continued to decline in the second quarter of this year, according to a recent report from International Data Corp., shipping 66.1 million units, a reduction of 11.8 percent from the same period last year.

California Students Learn STEM Concepts at Solar Science Academy

A few hundred students in California are taking part in SunPower's latest Solar Science Academy, a project-based learning program offered each summer by the solar technology company.

White House Announces ConnectHome Initiative to Address the Homework Gap

Initially, a pilot program will help provide high-speed Internet access, technical assistance, digital literacy programs and devices to more than 200,000 children in 27 cities and one tribal nation.

Grants Support Joint Rice U and Houston School District Research

Two grants will enable Houston-based Rice University to expand education research within its local school system.

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