Technology in the Classroom

Gaming Could Be Classified as Addiction by WHO

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 06:00
Researchers don't agree on the inclusion, but gaming has just been added to the latest draft version of the next International Classification of Diseases.

Americans Rate U.S. K–12 STEM Education as Mediocre

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:45
Americans also see a range of problems plaguing STEM education, with eight separate issues, ranging from uninvolved parents and disinterested students to outdated curriculum materials and an outsized focus on state standards, cited as problems by 48 percent of respondents or more.

NC District Hit with Malware Costing $314,000 for Cleanup

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:36
Rockingham County School District Superintendent Rodney Shotwell explained that even after all of the infected computers at the district were cleaned and re-imaged, they became re-infected. At that point the district IT team called in the cavalry, including the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as local IT experts.

Rural Education Program Seeks Nominees for STEM Grant

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:18
Vic Worthington, a science teacher at Rochelle Middle School, previously won a $25,000 grant through the program and used a portion of the funds to build a 3D printer and then spent a year researching, designing and building a prosthetic arm for a local farmer.

Ransomware Breach Strikes 700 Texas Students

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:37
A compromised computer led to a data breach in Texas affecting 39 school districts.

New York School Taps Private Partner for Temporary STEAM Museum

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:17
Warren Street Elementary School recently hosted a temporary STEAM museum in its gymnasium.

Cue PD Event to Help Teachers Displaced by Wildfires

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:06
Nonprofit education organization CUE will hold an event in February to raise money for educators in Northern California who have been displaced by the recent wildfires in the state.

Report: Certain Student Behaviors Tip Balance to More Positive School Culture

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:00
A healthy school culture has been linked to a decrease in absenteeism and improvements in teacher commitment, motivation to learn, student identity development and other education values.

New Mexico Won't Renew Largest Virtual School Charter

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:53
New Mexico won't be renewing the charter for its largest online charter school due to "lagging academic performance," which could lead to its shuttering.

Brief: Here's How State Accountability Systems Can Cover Personalized Learning

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:45
With the latest round of feedback from the U.S. Department of Education to states that have submitted their ESSA education plans during the second round, new approaches for accountability are sprouting out all over the country, but perhaps without sufficient innovation.

Young Scientist Challenge Seeks Middle School Innovators

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:40
This year's Young Scientist Challenge will award access to 3M scientists who will serve as mentors to help students pursue their innovative ideas.

Siemens STEM Day Recharges STEM Lessons in the Classroom

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:27
Participants can enter daily for a chance to win $10,000 towards STEM resources for their schools.

Apple Waives Developer Fees for Schools, Nonprofits

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 17:57
Members of the developer program are able to distribute apps through the Apple App Store and gain access to tools such as app analytics, beta testing resources such as TestFlight, beta software and advanced app capabilities.

It's Time to Weave Computational Thinking into K-12

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 08:52
It's high time for students to move beyond an hour of coding exercises and learn computational thinking. That's the message of a new report that examines what's important to know and be able to do in a "computational world."

State School Report Cards Offer Timelier Data But Still Have Room to Improve

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 08:20
While a few states do a good job of creating "report cards" that help people understand school performance, most states "still need improvements to be accessible, meaningful and useful to audiences outside of education policy." That's the assessment given by the Data Quality Campaign after a months-long review.