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The survey says: Superintendents want more tech funding

The survey says: Superintendents want more tech funding

More than half the California school districts surveyed by an education advocacy group said they’ve spent all or most of the funds set aside to implement Common Core State Standards, but still have more to ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, Featured, Jerry Brown, K-12 Reform, Legislature and Bills, Quick Hits, State Budget, Technology, Twenty-first Century Learning

Districts must plan carefully to make most of state, federal money for technology

Districts must plan carefully to make most of state, federal money for technology

The state budget that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last week includes $1.25 billion to accelerate the adoption of the Common Core in California. Two weeks ago, President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative to connect 99 ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, K-12 Reform, Technology, Twenty-first Century Learning

Sec. Duncan on tour for school connectivity

Sec. Duncan on tour for school connectivity

The next time your child groans and asks why he has to go to school, or tells you she is absolutely certain that she’ll never use math, steal a little wit and wisdom from Salman ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: K-12 Reform, Online Learning, Quick Hits, Technology

California’s school facilities need a shot in the arm

California’s school facilities need a shot in the arm

California’s school facilities need an infusion of $117 billion during the next decade, with close to half of the funding needed to replace or repair existing schools, according to a report by UC Berkeley’s Center ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Facilities, Reporting & Analysis, School Finance

New website aims to guide educators through education technology maze

New website aims to guide educators through education technology maze

At a time when the education marketplace is being flooded with new education technology products, amid questions about their effectiveness, a Silicon Valley startup is attempting to provide a way for educators to assess their ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured

Study: iPad app can improve student performance in algebra

A recent study by Empirical Education, a Palo Alto-based research firm, found that an iPad app, HMH Fuse, which provides students with personalized lesson plans in algebra, showed “dramatically improved student achievement” in Riverside Unified ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Quick Hits

Riverside schools point to power of technology in the classroom

Riverside schools point to power of technology in the classroom

As the effectiveness of technology in the classroom comes under increasing scrutiny, one California district encourages extensive use of iPads and other such digital readers, and says the benefits are clear and compelling. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Reporting & Analysis

Digital “badges” proposed as alternative way to assess skills

Digital “badges” proposed as alternative way to assess skills

The concept of measuring talents and accomplishments in the form of online “badges” is gaining steam. And a California university is poised to play a key role in their development. The badge idea, which U.S. Secretary of ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Reporting & Analysis

Pilot program will link high school academic courses with college and technical careers

Pilot program will link high school academic courses with college and technical careers

California will soon embark on a test drive of the “linked learning” approach to high school that bridges college prep-academics with sequences of career-technical courses, work-based learning experiences, and a range of extra support services. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Reporting & Analysis

Students need supervision to make online learning work

Students need supervision to make online learning work

The Fresno Unified School District has figured out a relatively simple way to dramatically increase the pass rates of high school students who enroll in online courses to make up for classes they have failed ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Reporting & Analysis