The agreement with Atlantis Charter School is the first of its kind for the "Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies" or BLOSSOMS program. While other schools have used BLOSSOMS on an ad hoc basis, the latest arrangement will include professional development starting this month for teachers to help them improve their STEM instructional practices.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, educators using its learning management system will be able to use Google Drive more easily within the LMS to manage grades, assignments and student submissions.
Shmoop, a digital publisher known for its test prep and certified online course, is now offering a full suite of NGSS-aligned online science courses. They cover all the core high school subjects — biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and physical science.
Thursday, April 13 is the deadline to seek competitive bids for products and services and receive E-rate discounts. Schools and libraries requesting E-rate discounts must seek competitive bids using FCC Form 470, as required by Federal Communications Commission rules.
While FAFSA’s IRS Data Retrieval Tool — used by millions of students each year to apply for federal financial aid — is temporarily out of commission, another online tool could be of use for students and parents planning their finances for college. A no-cost calculator from Nitro taps into actual college cost data to inform students of their ability to repay student loans.
An online platform from Panorama Education that offers SEL assessments and data analytics to schools and districts has added a report feature that gives actionable information and insights for each student.
Virtual reality (VR) has found its way into the educational space, and by all indications, it’s here to stay. Since VR glasses can be obtained for as low as $10 apiece, cost is becoming less of an issue. Here are three guidelines toward introducing VR in e-learning courses.
The average school day in Finland lasts five hours, and the average school year lasts 640 hours compared to 900 to 1,000 hours in the United States. Yet the country's students consistently outperform many other countries in PISA rankings, including the United States.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Math teachers and others who are attending the National Council of Supervisors in Mathematics (NCSM) annual conference April 3-5 or the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual conference April 5-8 can see Casio's new fx-CG500 graphic calculator in action.
Mobile learning is the top priority for K–12 IT leaders, according to the fifth annual K–12 IT Leadership Survey published by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). It’s the first time mobile learning ranked as the highest priority in the survey.