In spite of what has been classified as a "criminal investigation" at the Los Angeles Unified School District regarding its discontinued 1-to-1 iPad program, the district is plowing ahead with purchases of iPads to prepare its students for Smarter Balanced online assessments. At the same time the district will also be purchasing Google Chromebooks.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Delsia Malone has headed W.E. Striplin — the Gadsden, AL, school she attended as a child — since 2004. Under her leadership, the K-5, Title I school now boasts a computer lab, iPads in every classroom, MacBooks for every teacher and a 1-to-1 program for fifth-grade students.
Hutchinson Public Schools in Kansas has integrated a document management system with its student and business management systems.
These three approaches are tried out by more than 96 percent of schools that have received federal School Improvement Grants (SIGs), according to a research project that is specifically studying the improvement practices adopted by low-performing schools.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Software company SunGard is updating its financial and HR program, BusinessPLUS, with new forms to help districts manage a host of administrative-related tasks, such as staff travel, expenses, and vacation time.
- By Stephen Noonoo
SchoolReach has launched its new Community App solution, which is designed to help schools create custom-branded iPhone and Android apps. Customized apps can include modules such as school calendars, staff directories, homework info, lunch menus and social media accounts.
- By Christopher Piehler
SchoolCircle is a new, free Web app for teachers and parents designed to facilitate communication and event coordination.
The United States federal government is making a push to train, place and retain competent leaders in an effort to turn around some of the country's lowest-performing schools.
SRC Solutions will integrate GuideK12's geovisual analytics technology into its Registration Gateway online enrollment tool in an effort to further streamline student enrollment for parents.
For K-12 ed tech leaders, budgets are chronically tight. One way to make the most of your available funds is to let the strength in numbers work for you by joining a buying network.
- By Bridget McCrea