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Afternoon Announcements: Technology is “Changing the Game” in U.S. Classrooms

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March 23, 2015 12:38 pm

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Technology has changed our lives drastically over the course of the last 20 years. But in what way is technology being used to transform the classrooms of today into the learning centers of tomorrow? Last week, Kamila Thigpen, Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy Manager at the Alliance for Excellent Education joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to discuss how tech is changing the game in classrooms across America.

In an effort to ease parent and teacher concerns, two congressmen are planning to introduce The Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act which would place constraints on how education technology companies use or disclose students’ personal information. The New York Times

At the White House Science Fair on Monday, President Barack Obama will announce more than $240 million in pledges to boost the number of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math education. Associated Press

A rewrite of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act could collapse in partisan disarray. But it could also herald a new era of education, keeping some testing but eliminating prescriptive punishments. The New York Times

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that Pennsylvania does the worst job in the nation of funding low-income school districts. “The state of Pennsylvania is 50th, dead last, in terms of the inequality between how wealthy school districts are funded and poor districts,” Duncan said. Philadelphia Inquirer

Considering the job’s long hours, generally low pay and unpopular testing requirements, many teachers are not surprised at an alarming drop in enrollment in teacher training programs in several large states. Why, in spite of all the reasons to quit, do so many teachers keep at it? NPR

As student diversity increases across Minnesota, districts are stepping up efforts to hire teachers of color. Minnesota Star Tribune

Mentoring has been found to be one effective strategy to prevent high school dropouts, providing students with caring adults in their lives who might make all the difference. U.S. News & World Report

New York City is engaged in an all-out war against the problem of low-performing schools, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said last week, as he joined state and city lawmakers in rejecting the governor’s plan to let outside groups take over struggling schools. Chalkbeat NY

Christopher Steinhauser has been the superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District in Southern California for 13 years, and credits his team more than his own leadership for a decade’s worth of improvement in education for area schools. The Hechinger Report

At a special Blended Learning Summit, Meriden Public Schools in Connecticut shared keys to ed-tech success, which includes tailoring staff development to individual teachers’ needs. eSchoolNews

 

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