K-12 Technology News

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KinderLab Launches Curriculum Guide for Self-Directed Robotics Activities

KinderLab Robotics, maker of the KIBO robotics kit, has released a curriculum guide that provides lesson plans for student self-directed activities that can take place in a makerspace or other school activity center.

Closing Digital Divide Requires Focused PD to Support Teachers

Initial results are in for Digital Promise's Dynamic Learning Project, a program to see what impact there would be on closing the "digital divide" by placing technology coaches into 50 high-need schools in 20 districts and five states. The results so far look "promising," according to Karen Cator, who leads Digital Promise.

Organizations Hard Put to Keep Pace with SDN, Networking Trends

A new study that organizations across sectors, including education, are struggling to keep pace with new developments in the networking industry.

Math Curriculum Inadequate to Common Core Expectations

According to a new report, most of the curriculum being used by teachers for math instruction during the 2015–2016 school year failed to align with the Common Core State Standards. Also, the teachers couldn't always identify the approaches and content that aligned with their state standards for math.

Minecraft EDU Now on iPad

Minecraft: Education Edition has formally been released on the iOS platform.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Sept. 10, 2018)

Proposals for GreenWorks grants are due in three weeks!

ESSA Plans Give Preview of Promises for State Ed Data Usage

A study of every state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan found that "while approaches to student success vary, the commitment to data use is clear." The study outlined three "major ways" states are "deploying data to meet their education goals."

Deadline Looms for 2 Classroom Grants Offering $2,500 and $500 for Teachers

Two important grant deadlines are coming up for K–12 teachers looking to fund classroom materials, one offering $500 per classroom, the other offering up to $2,500 per classroom. Both programs will award grants to multiple teachers.

RobotLAB Adds Drone and Robotic Arm Lessons

The company also recently opened up the platform to allow teachers to create their own lessons and customize already-available units. The new customization feature enables teachers to create, modify and submit lessons that can be shared with the community.

Measuring Academic and Nonacademic Skills Equally Important

A new report commissioned by NWEA revealed that parents, teachers and school leaders agree about the importance of measuring students' soft skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork and view them as equally important as academic skills. However, which skills to teach and who should have the primary role in doing so is an area where the roles disagreed.

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