K-12 Technology News

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Curriki Debuts Free PD Course on Computational Thinking

Curriki has launched a free self-paced professional development course for teachers focused on computational thinking.

Research Tool Aims To Expand the Definition of Search Query

A Boston-based nonprofit, the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence, has introduced a research tool called Epi-Search, that can allow researchers to write queries of scholarly materials as long as 10,000 words.

Report: Wearable Shipments To Top 10 Million Units in 2016

Global sales of wearable devices will top 10 million this year, up 32.8 percent over 2015, according to a new forecast from International Data Corp.

Report: Shift to ESSA Can Bring Personalized Learning into Focus

Now that more control over education decisions is being handed back to the states with passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, they need to be "thoughtful" in how they design their education systems to make sure every student's growth is taken into account, said a new report by an education organization that advocates for personalized learning.

Massachusetts District Adopts Assessment Platform To Give Teachers More Control

Malden Public Schools is the first in the state to use Performance Matters’ Unify assessment platform.

California District To Save 6 Million with Solar Power

California's Central School District has completed the first phase of a solar power initiative that will eventually comprise 1.5 megawatts and be capable of generating 2 million kilowatt-hours, 75 percent of the district's needs, in its first year.

iNACOL To Host Free Competency-Ed Webinar

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning will host a free webinar next month exploring competency education through foundational elements and public school models.

Teaching with Call of Duty, World of Warcraft Subject of New Penn State Course

Forget about hunting down just the right educational game for your students. Let them use the games they already love — Minecraft, World of Warcraft and Call of Duty — and then untangle how those can be fit into the learning goals you have for them. Figuring out how to do that as a teacher is the focus of a new course at Penn State.

Report: Teacher Prep Reform Gets It Way Wrong

Teacher prep reform efforts are misguided, according to a new study. "Teacher preparation has emerged as an acutely politicized and publicized issue in United States education policy and practice, and there have been fierce debates about whether, how, by whom and for what purposes teachers should be prepared," according to the report.

Wisconsin District Goes 1-to-1 with iPads

The Marshfield District School Board has voted to spend $4.3 million over the next 10 years to give every student in its eight schools an iPad.

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