Blackmagic Design announces new “heads up display” for Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
Fremont, CA – July 24, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of Camera 1.9 software which includes new “heads up display” on screen metering that provides customers with histogram, peak audio meters and recording time remaining for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. Camera 1.9 update is available now free of charge from [ Read More ]
JAR Systems Launches Ultra-Light Tablet Cart
New Ultra-Light Tablet Cart Weighs Just 65 Pounds, Charges 30 Tablets, Ships UPS Bradenton, Fla., July 8, 2014— Educators, information technology professionals and students—this is the product you’ve been looking for. JAR Systems LLC is releasing a new and improved Ultra-Light Tablet Cart, designed to charge and secure up to 30 tablets in less space. [ Read More ]
Warren County District Utilizes Innovative Data Visualization Tool for Realignment
Administrators use GuideK12, geovisual analytics to make informed boundary changes With the potential of adding as many as 200-300 students per year and discussion about moving 6th graders to the middle school due to an increase in pre-school enrollment, Warren County Public Schools (WCPS) in Bowling Green, Kentucky saw a need to change district alignments [ Read More ]
Is U.S. innovation lacking?
Measuring innovation is critical to effecting change and improvement in education--and in fact, knowing how practices impact education on an international scale could improve education across the globe, according to a new report that seeks to measure educational innovation.
The report compares educational innovation to innovation in other sectors, pinpoints specific examples of educational innovation, and also examines how changes in educational outcomes are related to educational innovation.
Why measure innovation? Part of it has to do with a recent push for what the report called the "innovation imperative" that is spreading through the public sector and public services in an attempt to boost economic performance and prosperity.
Innovation in education matters for four distinct reasons:
Educational innovations can improve learning outcomes
In most countries, education is viewed as a means to enhance equity and equality
Innovation is seen as a way to make educational services more efficient
As societies and national economies change, so, too, should education, in order to remain relevant
Key overall findings include:
Innovative educational practices, such as personalized instruction and linking lessons to real-world examples, have increased in all countries
Special education, professional learning networks, and stakeholder relationships all have experienced innovations and advancements
Countries that have greater innovation levels tend to see increases in some education outcomes, such as improved 8th grade math performance and more equitable learning outcomes
When compared on a "composite innovation index," top innovating countries--those that have seen the most innovation in primary and secondary classroom and school levels, include:
Denmark (37 points)
Indonesia (36 points)
Korea (32 points)
The Netherlands (30 points)
The least innovative countries include:
The United States (17 points)
New Zealand (17 points)
Austria (16 points)
The Czech Republic (15 points)
The OECD average is 22 points.
The top five pedagogical innovations in the U.S. include:
Little-known ways to find every student’s hidden potential
I was walking down the halls of our school recently when a little girl approached me. “Mrs. Rogers, what do I have to do to get into your classroom?”
Her comment made me laugh. This particular girl was a straight-A student, and I’m the Title 1 teacher for at-risk students! I was thrilled that she thought of my class as a fun, exciting place (and it is!).