The Virginia Business Coalition on Health has launched a new foundation focused on health consumer issues. The foundation hopes to offer scholarships to health care workers, host educational events and reward medical advancements.
Students and faculty at Lindsay Middle School in Hampton, Va., dressed up as superheroes to celebrate a new districtwide tech initiative that put iPads into the hands of all fifth- to eighth-graders. The 6,300-device rollout was funded by a $2 million capital investment by the city council.
Teachers in Virginia, as well as students, will be able to create their own interactive content for mobile devices, tablets and more using the platform EduWidgets, the Virginia Department of Education announced Monday. Among other things, the platform would allow users to create graphs, sequences, timelines and images to support classroom instruction. The state also is making a virtual astronomy course available.
Through a partnership between Discovery Education and Virginia's York County School Division, a group of fifth- and sixth-grade students were able to document what they learned about the historic Jamestown settlement and Native American culture during a weeklong summer program. The students used iPads to test Board Builder, an application with which they took photos and created videos that can be shared with Discovery Education subscribers.
Brian Nichols, the principal at Virginia's Hidenwood Elementary School, was recognized by ASCD as an outstanding young educator at the group's national conference in Texas. Nichols was recognized for using student data and collaborative leadership to attain gains in student achievement at Hidenwood, which had struggled with low performance on state tests.