Administrative/Business Tools


New Department of Ed IDEA Site Live and Generating Heat

Feedback is trickling in on the U.S. Department of Education's new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since February, the site has been undergoing a redesign, based at least in part on comments from 130 people who provided feedback during the design process. The new site went live June 1.

Principal Robert Furman Urges Teachers to Break Old Habits and Go Digital

L. Robert Furman urges educators to break the cycle of wash, dry, rinse, repeat. The Pennsylvania principal will present at three sessions during the ISTE conference later this month.

DQC Pushes for States to Add Post-High School Data on Ed Report Cards

The report offers guidance to education agencies on how to make post-high school enrollment data "more meaningful" to families and others.

You've Been Hacked! Explaining Cybersecurity to Students in an Interconnected Era

Computer hackers, also known as cybercriminals, are infiltrating our world with ever-increasing sophistication. It is critical that students understand both the benefits and risks of their devices — especially their smartphones. Educators have an important role to play in helping students understand and safely navigate an internet-connected world.

Research: School Bus Ridership Reduces Absenteeism

The research is timely. Public schools and districts are looking at a reduction in bus pickup to relieve financial pressures. Some districts — Chicago among them — have canceled school bus service altogether.

DecisionEd to Add Watson Smarts to K-12 Analytics

According to the company, the insights "will become even more refined as the platform generates a precise picture of 'what's going on' in the district."

Designing Your Online Course: Learning From an Expert

Christine Voelker teaches other teachers how to build their own online courses. She’s the K–12 program director for Quality Matters, a nonprofit educational organization based in Annapolis, MD. She'll be presenting an all-day workshop at ISTE Sunday, June 25.

Illinois District Streamlines Accounting Operations

An Illinois school district has parlayed its long-time use of a financial system into building a culture focused on continuous improvement.

3 Reasons to Think Twice Before Implementing a Required BYOD Program

Schools that implement BYOD programs will choose one or both of two approaches: required BYOD and supplemental BYOD. While supplemental BYOD is a common-sense way to broaden students' and teachers' classroom resources, required BYOD is a problematic choice that will challenge a school district's staff and the community as a whole.

Cyberattacks Increasing, But Defenders with CS Education Are Not Growing at Same Rate

Cyberattacks appear to be on the rise; however, young professionals equipped with computer science (CS) skills to combat those threats are not growing at the same pace as the need. That’s the assessment from various recent sources and reports, from news sites to companies that track cybersecurity.

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