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Could ESSA Plans Invigorate State STEM Intentions?

Could states use their ESSA plans to formulate innovative ways to advance STEM in their schools?

Arkansas Hits 100% on School Broadband Target

The latest upgrade to the Arkansas Public School Computer Network means that all of the education organizations in the state now have access to 200 Kbps per student, most connected by fiber.

Coming to Your Child’s School, Very, Very Soon: A Christensen-Style Disruption!

Teachers, materials, students — the big 3 of K–12. Materials (1-to-1, OER-based textbooks) are changing dramatically, but teachers and teaching is about to be disrupted in the Christensen-sense. Machine learning will drive personalized learning into America’s schools. On that you can rely!

Report: Educator Confidence in Technology Increasing

Sixty-five percent of educators expressed confidence in using digital technology in their classrooms, a 7 percent increase over last year, according to a recent survey by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

State Giving Some College Students a Free Ride if They're Willing to Become STEM Teachers

Lawmakers in North Carolina have allocated funding towards scholarships for up to 160 college students who commit to teaching a STEM subject or special education within the state.

The Good and Bad: How ESSA State Plans are Faring

The ESSA accountability portions of state plans submitted so far to the U.S. Department of Education have much merit in them, but they also have plenty of "opportunities for improvement," according to an assessment undertaken recently by Bellwether Education Partners in partnership with the Collaborative for Student Success.

Biggest Challenges Facing K–12 STEM Ed: PD, Accountability Systems, CS Curricula

Mining two years’ worth of expert feedback, a nonprofit has identified six root causes to more than 100 issues facing STEM education today. The resulting “Grand Challenges” interactive map is a two-year project from 100Kin10 based on input from teachers, principals, nonprofit leaders, researchers, policymakers, union representatives and other education stakeholders within its network.

Net Neutrality Fight Takes Over the Web Today

The latest fight for net neutrality has officially begun. On one side of the ring stands FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump appointee who controls a majority of votes for any decisions currently made by the Federal Communications Commission.

Designing Learner-Centered Spaces

Authors and educators Eric Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray offer multiple ways that classrooms and learning spaces can become student-centered, not teacher-centered.

Survey: 87 Percent of E-rate Applicants Say Funding Vital to Connectivity Goals

Nearly nine in 10 (87 percent) of E-rate applicants say E-rate funds are vital to their internet connectivity goals, according to the initial findings of Funds For Learning's seventh-annual survey.

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