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Online assessments a challenge for states rethinking Common Core

Receiving a mandate to support Common Core assessments can be challenging enough for a district IT team, but what happens when your state is yo-yo’ing on Common Core and debating whether it will continue to embrace the standards or implement its own approach? That’s precisely what Sheryl Abshire, CTO at Calcasieu Parish Public Schools in Lake Charles, La., is grappling with right now. The Common Core argument in Louisiana is highly charged and political in nature, but in a nutshell, the state’s commitment to adopting the new standards has been challenged on several fronts. For example, originally backed by...

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Georgia district extends free broadband to Title I schools

Through a partnership with wireless service provider Kajeet, Georgia's Fayette County Schools are offering mobile broadband coverage to students in the district’s Title I schools. Partnering with 47 districts…

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Digital textbooks a worthwhile frustration, Miami-Dade teachers say

Despite challenges, digital textbooks offer far-reaching benefits, according to educators No one is putting pen to paper in Nadia Zananiri’s ninth-grade world history class. Instead, every student is…

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As technology goes home, schools work out who pays for repairs

When Debbie Myers’ son and his classmates were first sent home with school iPads last year, she remembers parents asking what would happen if the iPads broke. This year,…

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States backtrack on student tracking technology

Use of tracking technology is increasingly common, but many wonder about its necessity Do you know where your student is? At school? On the bus? Paying for lunch…

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Four critical decisions when making wireless infrastructure changes

As wireless systems in K-12 institutions have likely been in place for several years now, prior to the large influx of personal devices and district owned devices, we…

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States answer access, equity challenges

Access and equity remain two stubborn issues surrounding ed-tech deployments, but a number of states are carving out innovative ways to put devices in the hands of students…

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With no internet at home, kids crowd libraries for online homework

Once again, Christina Morua found herself in the South Dade library longer than she would like on a school night. The 28-year-old single mom sat in the bustling…

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Overcoming the top barrier to school connectivity

Funding remains the largest and most-cited obstacle when it comes to updating schools' infrastructure and installing high-speed broadband internet access, according to a survey from the Consortium for…

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LAUSD plagued by student information system problems

With a few taps on a computer keyboard, a student's entire school history from kindergarten to high school graduation was supposed to show up on the screen. That…

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HP hopes its breakup will benefit schools

Innovations in mobile computing, 3D printing, and cloud services are what HP hopes to deliver to schools and other customers as a result of its decision this week…

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Using Video to Transform Instruction

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Video is a powerful tool to help students learn—and a growing number of educators are integrating video into their instruction, either by using pre-existing video assets or by…

Controlling Costs, Boosting Efficiency Through Smarter School Management

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School and district leaders must be responsible stewards of public goods and resources—and this has never been more true than in today’s extreme climate of tight school budgets…

How to Make Blended Learning Work

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Blended learning, in which students experience a mix of face-to-face and online instruction, is catching on in K-12 schools—and advocates of this approach say that, when done well,…

Harnessing Data for Common Core Success

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There is broad agreement among education leaders that collecting and analyzing student performance data, and using this information to target instruction more effectively, will be critical in making…

Teaching Essential 21st Century Skills

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Today’s students need more than just instruction in the core topic areas. They also need to learn key 21st-century skills that will serve them well in a globally…

Mac to School

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Districts across the nation are facing a dilemma: How can you keep up with the changing landscape of expensive educational technology when budgets are tighter than ever? The…

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Math can be a challenging subject for many middle and high school students—and schools and districts often struggle to find ways to improve math proficiency while sustaining student…