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eSchool News
eSchool News covers the intersection of technology and innovation in education.
  • How Top-Notch Training, Support Have Led to Success for This eLearning Initiative
    Beginning in 2008, Pasco County was required by state law to offer a full-time virtual program for K-12 students. In response, the Pasco eSchool was launched in 2009. Learn why Pasco County decided to partner with Canvas on this project—and how this partnership has made a key difference.
  • Use these 4 apps for phonics, art exploration, and more
    Each week, we feature a new App of the Week on our website and in our newsletters. These apps are for students or educators and offer a range of uses. But one thing is certain: educators and students are using apps now more than ever. Here’s a round-up of the apps we’ve featured over the past month. Check back each Monday for a new App of the Week. And don’t worry–if you miss one, you can find a summary of recent apps at the end of each month. 1. Create art like never before Name: Drawing Desk What is it? With more than 1,000,000 users worldwide, Drawing Desk is bundled with 4 different drawing modes named as Kids Desk, Doodle Desk, Sketch Desk and Photo Desk, each dedicated to give unique experiences. Best for: Students and teachers Price: Free; in-app purchases available 2. Stack up your math skills Name: Mathcubes What is it? This app helps children enjoy and learn math in an entertaining and fun way. In a short amount of time they will control numbers and solve addition and subtraction challenges. Best for: Students 6-8 Price: $0.99 3. Do you know your states? Name: Census PoP Quiz What is it? Test your U.S. state knowledge with Census PoP Quiz, a new population challenge about the 50 states and the District of Columbia from the U.S. Census Bureau. Best for: Students and teachers Price: Free 4. Kids solve alphabet puzzles, learn phonics Name: AlphaTots Alphabet What is it? This pre-k app is designed to teach your little sprout basic ABC phonics and letters. AlphaTots is a touch interactive game that features puzzles that help build the foundation your toddler needs to learn how to read. By solving puzzles and doing phonics-related activities, your toddler will learn that phonics are fun. Best for: Ages 5 and younger Price: $2.99
  • High schools need to weld academics with practical skills
    I'd like to propose a sweeping overhaul of the United States public education system effective immediately. This may seem overblown, given that I'm proposing it in response to a bill from Pep Boys that I resent having to pay. The air conditioning in my car stopped working this week and the gentleman said I needed a new compressor, the procurement of which set me back $1,286. It's probably legitimate, but I wish I knew for sure. I wish I knew what a compressor looks like or what it does or how complicated, expensive and time-consuming it is to replace. Whose fault is it that I don't? Mine, obviously. It's not like I'm piloting the space shuttle; I don't need a degree in rocket science to figure out the basics of my ride. But time isn't exactly heavy on my hands these days and if it were, I'd read more books and take more walks and call more friends back before I took to learning the innards of an automobile. A camp called Rosie's Girls, with locations in Vermont, New York, Rhode Island, Ohio and California, teaches middle-school girls welding, basic carpentry and other "traditional male activities." That's lovely and important. But what about the girls (and boys) who never make it to Rosie's camp? Here's where the education overhaul comes in. The mastery of certain basic life skills should be required in order to earn a high school degree. Auto shop should not be an elective. Neither should home economics, though I'd suggest the curriculum veer away from sewing and more toward upkeep of the physical structure of a home _ how to replace the aerators on your faucets, how to clean your gutters, how to keep the pipe to your outdoor hose from freezing in the winter. (That last one's a pretty short lesson: Detach the hose. Close the valve. You idiot. Which is essentially what the plumber said to us in January when he replaced the frozen pipe that burst and flooded our newly refinished basement. Whoops!)
  • Five ed-tech trends to watch for the new school year
    The “maker movement” makes waves in K-12 schools, and school leaders try to navigate a data privacy minefield while also bracing for online testing: These are among the top ed-tech trends to watch for the new school year.
  • MindPlay Helps School Administrators Promote Student Improvement on Common Core State Reading Assessments
    MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach® and RAPS® 360 accurately predict students’ performance in reading at the beginning of the year and promote improvement in time for assessments Tucson, AZ, Aug. 27, 2014 – Two award-winning web-based reading programs from literacy publisher MindPlay help K-12 school administrators predict now which students will pass the reading portion of  [ Read More ]
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