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Some rural school districts in the vast and varied state say that the current infrastructure will not provide electric vehicles with the range they need to effectively get all students to schools.
Marion County Schools in West Virginia will expand its use of facial recognition technology to cross-reference photos of school visitors with photos pulled from the West Virginia State Police's sex offender registry.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories recently hosted its third annual daylong Hour of Code at Potlatch Elementary School, where a coding education program taught students to build their own animations and mini-games.
A recent study of Generation Z’s attitudes toward STEM found that only 29 percent of them cite STEM jobs as their first career choices, despite 75 percent expressing interest in the subjects academically.
The Global EdTech Testbed Network boils down the process of trialing ed-tech innovations to four “I’s” — inclusivity, innovation, infrastructure and impact — while also calling for more resources and institutional support.
Houston Independent School District ended its agreement for free laptops and Internet access from Verizon over a disagreement about professional development. Now lawmakers are saying students will be negatively impacted.
In Ohio, Akron Public Schools have invested in magnetic locking pouches for students to store phones during the day, while Beachwood City Schools give high school teachers discretion over how to regulate them.
For Computer Science Education Week, computer science students in Colorado are using free coding games to teach the subject to elementary students at area schools.
With the addition of Soapbox Labs’ voice engine, Curriculum Associates has new language and literacy-focused tools in its portfolio that can recognize age-specific regional and cultural dialects.
The different needs of technical operation and pedagogy sometimes put school IT and education-technology departments at odds, but leaders can reduce friction with regular open communication and shared priorities.
The Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education's internship program for high school juniors and seniors connects them with jobs at local technology companies that pay at least $50,000 per year.
Eight months after launching LASAR, a bespoke app for students and community members to send anonymous tips about dangerous or suspicious behavior, Los Angeles Unified School District has logged 591 reports.
In order to get the most out of virtual reality tools, schools and universities need to train educators how to use them and address accessibility concerns that may come with adopting related programs.
As artificial intelligence ushers in a sea change that touches all aspects of education, schools might keep up by convening a council of stakeholders to discuss good ideas and get district-level buy-in.
School IT departments could make progress on backlogs of device repairs by availing themselves of student tech-support teams, like those being piloted at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education through Vivacity Tech.