Superintendent Matt Akin used federal funding to make the entire town of Piedmont, AL, wireless as a way to increase equity for students, about half of whom did not have Internet access at home.
The second annual picoCTF competition dares students in grades 6-12 to "reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt or do whatever it takes" to solve computer challenges.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Results from the Consortium for School Networking’s 2nd Annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey reveal gaps in U.S. school districts’ broadband and technology infrastructure.
- By Christopher Piehler
The federal government is awarding $121 million in grants with the aim of improving academic and career outcomes for those with disabilities
The Bosch Group, which has a plant in Albion, IN, gave $11,000 to help local schools compete in the Destination Imagination Challenge.
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.
The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance to education leaders calling attention to disparities in educational resources along ethnic and economic lines and characterizing such disparities as "potentially ... unlawful discrimination." The list of those disparities explicitly included quantity and quality of technology resources.
Verizon has expanded its Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program to eight more middle schools in four states, bringing the total number of schools in the program to 32.
Instructure will distribute $100,000 in grants to projects that demonstrate "lossless learning."
In an historic first, two districts have won the annual Broad Prize for Urban Education and will split $1 million in prize money, to be divvied up as college scholarships for graduating high school seniors.
- By Stephen Noonoo