Technology in the Classroom

Research: School Bus Ridership Reduces Absenteeism

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:10
The research is timely. Public schools and districts are looking at a reduction in bus pickup to relieve financial pressures. Some districts — Chicago among them — have canceled school bus service altogether.

Digital Promise Global Seeks Alpha Testers for Learner Positioning System

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:01
Eight months after introducing the concept of the "learner positioning system" (LPS), Digital Promise Global has launched an alpha site to serve as a testing ground for this research-based personalized learning initiative.

Jad Abumrad Reflects on Radio, Race, Technology and Education

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:03
Jad Abumrad doesn’t do things by the book, and he’s been rewarded for it. He’s co-host and creator of “Radiolab,” a popular public radio show that’s broadcast on more than 500 stations across the United States and has been downloaded as a podcast over 9 million times per month. He’s a 2011 MacArthur “genius grant” fellow, and his radio program won the George Foster Peabody Award in 2010 and 2015.

Tennessee Reimburses Schools for Telepractice Services

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:00
Tennessee, like many states, has been facing a shortage of qualified clinicians, but recently amended legislation seeks to open the door for schools to use online therapy services.

Minecraft: Education Edition 1.0.1 Released with Code Builder Support

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:31
Microsoft has released a new version of Minecraft: Education Edition that adds support for Code Builder, along with a number of other new features and improvements.

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Schools Expand Online Course Offerings

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:30
Three schools across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are adding more than 200 new online courses to their catalogs.

In K–12, the New New Thing is the Old Old Thing: Curriculum

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:34
There is always a new new thing in technology. In contrast, in K-12, at the heart of the classroom is — and will be for the foreseeable future — the old old thing: curriculum. But, where is that curriculum, the fuel for the 1-to-1 classroom, going to come from? From the new new thing, of course – as we argue in this week’s blog post.

Study Finds Digital Exam Features Impact Scores for Younger Students

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:00
A study of 33,000 elementary and middle school students, conducted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, found that these students tend to perform better on paper-and-pencil tests compared to digital tests — especially for non-native English speaking students.

DecisionEd to Add Watson Smarts to K-12 Analytics

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:45
According to the company, the insights "will become even more refined as the platform generates a precise picture of 'what's going on' in the district."

Google I/O Youth: Hands-on Digital Storytelling, CS Ed for Bay Area Students

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:30
Alongside Google’s annual developer conference last week, the company held its fourth annual Youth I/O event at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Neary 150 students in grades 5-7 from around the Bay Area participated in activities that focused on digital storytelling, inventing, science and computer science (CS), according to a company blog post.

TV Kickstarter Campaign Promotes Female Game Developer

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:27
A Kickstarter campaign is two weeks and $17,000 away from its goal to create a short pilot and app featuring a female developer and address the dearth of role models in the field.

TakingITGlobal: Tobacco Trivia

Tech and Learning News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 07:00
This site contains a game that tests your knowledge of tobaccos’ harmful ingredients, health costs, financial costs, side effects, and more.

Free Digital Library Earns Top Grades From Teachers

Tech and Learning News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 07:00
Seemingly boundless library includes popular, well-loved authors and series.

Designing Your Online Course: Learning From an Expert

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 15:21
Christine Voelker teaches other teachers how to build their own online courses. She’s the K–12 program director for Quality Matters, a nonprofit educational organization based in Annapolis, MD. She'll be presenting an all-day workshop at ISTE Sunday, June 25.

Detroit Makerspace Grows After School STEM Program with $250,000 Google Grant

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:30
More students in Detroit Public Schools will be participating in after-school programs in science and engineering, thanks to a $250,000 grant from Google to the Michigan Engineering Zone, a makerspace project of the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

Competency-Based Education in Action: School Districts Share Advice

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:00
Digital Promise, a national nonprofit organization authorized by Congress, and Education Elements, an education company, yesterday released several free resources that are designed to help districts through competency-based education implementation.

Free Online Tool Supports Differentiated Literacy Instruction

Tech and Learning News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 06:50
Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings

Google I/O 2017: Standalone Google VR Headsets from HTC, Lenovo Coming Soon

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 14:30
At the annual Google I/O 2017 developer conference, Google unveiled an upcoming “revolutionary” standalone VR headset that will be manufactured by HTC and Lenovo.

Microsoft Boosts OneNote Accessibility, Offers Free Accessibility Training Course for Educators

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 14:25
Microsoft has unveiled new accessibility features for OneNote, the company's collaborative note-taking app for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android.