While the current high school dropout rate is not the highest it has ever been, many believe the United States is indeed facing a dropout crisis. REL Southwest at Edvance Research looks at research findings and what schools can do to turn the tide.
- By Kathleen A. Barfield, Jennifer Hartman, Dixie Knight
Though hampered by hard disk drive (HDD) supply problems and increasing use of server virtualization, sales of servers saw high single-digit growth last year, driven in part by the expansion of data centers to support Web access from smart phones and tablets.
The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance has released a report looking at the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI).
Teachers and administrators both cited technical issues and a culture of mistrust as factors hindering more effective use of school data systems, including learning management systems and student information systems.
According to Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans, "Today's students have their own 'student vision' for how they want to use technology for learning. That vision," she said, "is really a statement of how students want to learn in general."
The eMINTS National Center at the University of Missouri is partnering with CDW-G on a three-year research effort exploring technology training for K-12 teachers.
While IT expenditures is expected to increase worldwide this year, forecasts are being revised downward. The Eurozone crisis and flooding in Thailand, a major hard-drive manufacturing hub, have put a damper on original projections for global information technology spending in 2012.
- By Jessica DiNapoli
Eighth-graders who take an online Algebra I course score higher on end-of-year algebra assessments than other students who take the standard instructor-led math program offered by their schools and are twice as likely to follow an advanced course sequence in high school as their peers.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Students are different today because of technology. Every educator knows this, of course, but this change is about much more than agile thumbs, shriveling attention spans, and OMG'd vocabularies.
- By John K. Waters
While dual enrollment is becoming increasingly popular as a way to help prepare high school students prepare for the rigor of college work, it may not be the magic potion for improving student outcomes that some educators think it is.
- By Dian Schaffhauser