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.
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
A new report has identified key challenges for education technology in the coming five years. The biggest pain point cited by its authors? Digital illiteracy among teachers.
ASCD has added four new courses to PD Online, the company's series of professional development courses for educators.
Element K has released InstructorHub, a global online community and resource center for instructors.
EdWeb.net has launched a free professional online learning community for new teachers called New Teacher Help.
Some cutting-edge technologies are trying to take teacher evaluation to the next level. But their real power may be as self-evaluation tools.
- By John K. Waters
Two foundations are partnering to support Common Core State Standards through the development of both open and commercial digital instructional resources.
PBS TeacherLine has expanded its course schedule to six terms for its most popular and newest online courses.
Administrators in Maui Public Schools are using iPads and Teacher Compass to follow and direct the professional development of teachers.