K-12 Technology News
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Blackboard today announced a variety of updates to Blackboard Learn, the company's flagship learning management system.
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.
- By Jeff Mao
Students from around the world will participate in Destination Imagination's 17th annual Global Finals competition in Knoxville, TN, May 24-27, showcasing their innovative solutions in a tournament format.
Boxlight Monday launched two new projector lines that are designed to create collaborative areas of the classroom. The company also expanded its ProColor Series 1 line of interactive flat panel (IFP) displays.
Constellation Energy provides multiple grants of $25,000 each year for science and technology-related education programs in grades 6–12 (and $50,000 for higher education grants). Last year, 17 projects received funding totaling $400,000.
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.
Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest are among the most popular websites and apps on Planet Earth. Those websites support "picting" — using images to communicate. In this week’s blog post, we present a "pro" and a "con" about the value of "picting" — using images — not words — for communication and self-expression.
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
Learning management system itslearning Monday launched a completely mobile LMS. Users now have full access to course content, resources and tools on Android and iOS smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Their school names freely use words like "academy" and "public" and "charter, " "new, " "design" and "college preparatory." They all intend to set up new models of education that, if successful, can serve as exemplars. And all are teams of educators making up the 29 recipients of the NewSchools Venture Fund Invent 2017 cohort.
- By Dian Schaffhauser