Technology in the Classroom

Online Public School Founder Admits $8 Million in Tax Fraud

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 19:03
The founder and former CEO of an online public school that educates thousands of Pennsylvania students pleaded guilty this week to federal tax fraud, recognizing that he siphoned more than $8 million from the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School through for-profit and nonprofit companies he controlled.

How Educators Can Bridge the Equity Gap

Tech and Learning News - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 17:06
The digital revolution has helped level the playing field in learning, giving millions access to information and opportunities through internet access. But one giant hurdle is keeping this generation..

New Forum Lets Educators to Share Ideas about 3D Printing

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:25
Teachers in K-12 and higher education share information on how to help students "scan and 3D print museum artifacts," explore the production of prosthetics for kids and "manage an open 3D-printing lab."

Class Communication Tool Adds Payment Feature for Field Trips, Dues

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:16
A web-based communication service for people in a school community has added a feature that allows for online payments. SimplyCircle, from a company with the same name, lets teachers and parents communicate with each other for class, PTA and school activities.

Future Farmers Get Online Career Guidance

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:59
A national organization that works with the future farmers of America has teamed up with Discovery Education to launch a website to help students learn more about careers in agriculture.

Learn Programming, Solve Problems With Mini Code Blocks

Tech and Learning News - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 06:40
This innovative, bite-size approach gives kids an intro to some of the basics of programming.

Turnitin Releases New, Free Teaching Resources

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 20:11
Turnitin’s back-to-school program, “Rethink Feedback,” features new, free resources and tools this fall. The new elements are designed to help K–12 teachers and higher ed instructors teach proper methods of attribution, improve student writing skills and avoid plagiarism.

New York Ed Department Names First Privacy Officer

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 19:16
New York’s Education Department has appointed its first privacy officer, Temitope Akinyemi, whose responsibility will be to ensure that student data remains private and confidential.

Tustin Unified School District Embraces Wearable Tech in Classroom

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 18:16
Tustin Unified School District in Orange County, CA has been experimenting with virtual reality, and the district’s senior director of technology is considering using fitness trackers and other wearable devices for future learning.

Schools Receive National Privacy Designation

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 17:30
The Consortium for School Networking issued a new seal to seven schools for their commitment to the privacy and security of student data.

Cyberbullying Among Teens More Common with Current or Former Friends Than Strangers

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 15:44
Current or former friends or dates are seven times more likely to cyberbully each other than young people who don’t know each other, according to a recent study.

Tech & Learning's Stellar Service Awards 2016

Tech and Learning News - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 14:03
Tech & Learning is excited to announce that we are now accepting entries for the T&L Stellar Service Awards . These awards were established to honor the great achievements in customer care and satisf..

High School Students Receive Free Access to Developer Tools

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 14:00
Embarcadero Technologies has opened up its software development tools to publicly funded higher ed institutions and high schools.

Feds Say Virtual Schools Need to Follow Special Ed Rules

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 13:13
Even when the education is delivered online, schools and districts ought to adhere to the needs of children with disabilities. That was the message recently delivered in a "Dear Colleague" letter issued to virtual schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Startup Receives Federal Grant to Expand Minecraft Student Reach

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:15
Minecraft just received another education boost. An ed tech startup that encourages students to build their own mods for the popular online virtual world game has received a second grant from the National Science Foundation that will enable it to continue development of its coding environment for novice programmers.

Follett Destiny Expands Chromebook Integration, Adds SAML and LTI Support

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:02
Follett has updated its flagship library management system. The latest release of Destiny includes a revamped interface; simpler access to digital resources, including open educational resources; and new kinds of integration with some Google Chromebook models.

McGraw-Hill Updates Wonders ELA Suite

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:42
McGraw-Hill Education has redesigned and expanded its Wonders suite of English language arts programs for the 2016-2017 school year.

Fewer Than Half of California Students Met College Readiness Standards

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 19:40
Fewer than half of California public school students are prepared for the academic challenges of college, according to results released Wednesday from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress.

Reach Higher Career App Challenge Selects Grand Prize Winner

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 18:00
The CTE-focused challenge selected an app that uses a game-based approach to help middle and high school students discover career opportunities.

Course Hero Serves up Literature in Infographic Form

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 17:39
Online learning platform Course Hero is turning great works of literature into the visual representation of text and data known as the infographic.