K-12 Technology News

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Report: Teaching Future Principals Should Cover More Real-World Demands

An education research project examined an ongoing principal preparation improvement program and found that participating universities have changed their instruction and curriculum to put a greater emphasis on the real-world demands of the job over theory and emphasize more field experience.

How Educators Utilize Research

Preliminary findings from a survey of educators shows teachers are most interested in following trends in technology and trauma and mental health.

ED Outlines Procedures for State ESSA Plan Amendments

The U.S. Department of Education is instructing chief state school officers on how to make changes to their ESSA plans for the 2019-2020 school year.

Meta-Analysis: Class Size Doesn't Really Matter

A survey of research on the impact of small class sizes found evidence that "suggests at best a small effect on reading achievement" and "a negative, but statistically insignificant, effect on mathematics."

Student Knapsacks Place Excessive Weight on Spines

A team of medical experts and researchers in New York state's Hudson Valley have put their names on a research paper detailing the impact on the spine of carrying backpacks.

Augmenting Learning Through Technology Use

A new report finds technology is becoming more prevalent in everyday learning activities, but the majority of classrooms worldwide are creating blended learning environments.

PBIS Positively Impacts Student Discipline

A new study from Tulane University found that following a data-driven approach to student behavior correlated with a decrease in disciplinary incidents by as much as a quarter to almost three-quarters.

$14.7 Million Grant Will Help Literacy Outreach Program Expand

A literacy outreach program for grades 7-11 that has found success in Southern California has just been funded to expand to six additional states, with the intent of eventually taking it nationwide.

Wisconsin District Invests School Safety Grant on Physical Updates and Training

Sun Prairie Area School District received $463,308 through a Wisconsin Department of Justice grant program, which made $100 million available to K-12 schools to support projects designed to improve school safety.

Blackboard Intros Ultra Updates

Education technology company Blackboard has introduced enhancements to the Ultra Experience version of Blackboard Learn, its learning management system, including integration with Ally, an accessibility checklist tool.

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