News Feature | May 19, 2014

Education IT News For VARs — May 19, 2014

By Amy Taylor, contributing writer

Education IT News For VARs

In the news, some schools struggling with inadequate Internet service and outdated computers are cutting technology investments instead of upgrading. Also, a school in Kentucky uses data analysis to place students at the appropriate grade level. In addition, an article tells how STEM program classrooms can benefit from 3D printers.

Schools Struggling With Bandwidth, Outdated Hardware Reducing Tech Investments

An article for The Hechinger Report explains despite the push for digital education for all kids, schools some struggling with inadequate Internet connections and old computers are cutting tech investments. The article points out the biggest hurdle is cost; however, other obstacles are lack of technology skills and lack of buy-in from school board, educators, and parents.

Revolutionary Kentucky School Uses Technology To Redefine Grade Levels

In an innovative use of Big Data, a school district in Kentucky eliminated traditional grade levels in favor of testing and observing to place students at their individual pace, reports Heartlander Magazine.

3D Printing Has Applications In STEM Programs

The Daily Sun News says that a 3D printer brings more engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs. A classroom acquired a 3D printer with the intention of allowing students to see a design from its inception to a completed work, and see if a product then meets design specifications. The article also points out, as 3D printers become more prevalent in a number of industries, it’s important for students to be aware of the technology.

Education IT Talking Points

Boston.com reported on “Yik Yak: The Bullying App Tearing Through America’s High Schools,” examining the app that has been causing problems for high schools across the country.

The Columbus Dispatch said that “Districts’ grades dip after data-scrubbing scandal,” following the revelation that two Ohio school districts will have their state report-card grades publicly docked today because they “scrubbed” low-performing students.

For more news and insights, visit BSMinfo’s Education IT Resource Center.

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