Nineteen school districts in rural Kentucky are part of a cooperative focused on securing more affordable prices for education technology. This article details how the cooperative works and why similar organizations may be appealing to other small school districts.
Partaking in regular online professional development, participating in Twitter chats with fellow educators and promoting digital citizenship are among the 10 distinct characteristics of a tech-savvy educator, Laura Devaney writes. The savviest teachers take skills learned from students and determine how to use them in classrooms, she adds.
While the Internet is heavy with sites and resources to aid students in cheating and plagiarizing, professor Alan Jacobs writes in this blog post that educators increasingly are using technology to catch cheaters. The latest of those tools to gain a following is one offered by CourseSmart that allows educators to track the total time it takes students to read a digital textbook. While some have raised concerns over privacy, officials say students may opt out of the tracking feature.
Veterans of wars spanning the decades shared stories both informative and tragic with students at El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif. Wednesday's visit from about 60 military veterans is part of an annual Veterans Day program the school has held for 18 years.
Voters in Idaho on Tuesday struck down an expansion of online learning proposed by state superintendent Tom Luna. Along with two other education referendums, a majority of voters opposed requirements that all students and teachers have laptop computers and make online or blended-learning courses a high-school graduation requirement. The state legislature still could move forward to enact such laws.