They’re not there yet, but print management software has helped administrators make deep cuts in faculty and student paper use, trimming costs while protecting the environment.
The notion that technology is abundant in schools is pervasive. The reality is, most teachers are not able to summon a PC for every student for research and online tutorials, or look online at their convenience for the best textbooks, projects, and approaches.
- By Geoffrey H. Fletcher
Where can schools and districts turn for education technology funding? Experts share their creative approaches.
- By Susan McLester
The Federal Communications Commission is looking to make it easier for schools to adopt broadband technologies to allow them to boost their Internet connectivity. The agency Thursday revealed new rules for the E-rate program that are designed to loosen up restrictions on broadband adoption and streamline the application process.
At an "Educate to Innovate" campaign event Thursday at the White House, President Barack Obama launched the National STEM Video Game Challenge, a nationwide competition that seeks to encourage student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through their affinity for playing and creating video games.
- By Scott Aronowitz
There's a bumpy road ahead on the way to a successful Common Core State Standards movement. Already states and districts are examining the match between current standards, what they currently teach at various grade levels, and the CCSS. Of particular significance is that online tests will become the norm in the years ahead for many states. But are schools and teachers ready for this? Should you be concerned?
- By Patricia Deubel
High-stakes assessments don't look to be going away anytime soon, but the form they take may be changing. The United States Department of Education Thursday awarded two grants to "move beyond narrowly focused bubble tests" and "develop a new generation of tests" based on standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative and adopted so far by 35 states and the District of Columbia.
The federal government lately has been passing out lots of money through competitive programs by way of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Together, the grants represent a huge investment in education, while providing one more example of the golden rule: He who has the gold makes the rules. What will those rules be going forward?
- By Geoffrey H. Fletcher
As more technology has infiltrated America's schools, technology policies from district to district have diverged wildly. Some allow or even require students to bring devices like smart phones and laptops; others limit these technologies or even ban them outright. Is there a way to take the capriciousness out of K-12 technology policy development?
- By Bridget McCrea
To minimize the risk of identity theft, school boards in Maine are discouraging parents from providing their children's Social Security numbers (SSNs) to the state's education agency--even though state law says to do otherwise.
- By Dian Schaffhauser