K-12 Technology News

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PARCC Releases Huge Sampling of Test Items and Scoring Rubrics

The states that make up the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) have released test questions from this year's PARCC assessments to allow teachers and parents to see just exactly what makes up the online tests.

San Antonio District lands Grant To Expand Engineering Education

A $34,000 grant from Raytheon helped 25 teachers learn more about how to teach engineering concepts to elementary school students.

Broward County School District Accelerates Internet Content Delivery

Broward County Public School District in Florida has implemented open content caching in an effort to deliver online content to classrooms faster.

Colorado State U To Debut Online Teacher Licensures in Math, Science

Colorado State University-Global Campus will launch new online teacher licensure programs in science and math this spring.

Collaboration System Gives Multiple Students Access to Shared Display

The Nureva Span system lets students create content on their devices and then move it to a larger digital display board.

Virtual Reality Tech Company Partners With Content Provider On Science Resources

Cyber Science 3D and Cengage Learning will join forces to produce educational science products for K-12 and higher ed schools and libraries.

Research: Teacher Evaluation Regs Still Need Rebooting

A non-partisan research and policy organization has found that while most states require the inclusion of student growth and achievement to be factored into teacher and principal job evaluations, figuring out how to implement that is a challenge.

Parents Say Tech is Mostly Good; the Count is Out on Social Networking

Parents worry more about maintaining their kids' privacy of personal information than they do about their children's performance in school, social relationships, health, technology use or behavior, according to a new survey from the Family Online Safety Institute.

i3 Program Awards $113 Million in Grants

The federal Investing in Innovation program to fund innovative education programs has selected 13 organizations that will share more than $100 million in grants.

Teacher Prep Gets Major Funding from Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed grants of $34.7 million over three years to help set up five teacher preparation transformation centers around the country that will bring together people from universities, teacher-preparation providers and K-12 school systems to share data, knowledge and best practices.