More school districts are using videoconferencing to expand students' access to courses and enable them to connect with peers worldwide. This article describes the ways that videoconferencing "is expanding the classroom."
This article details six sources for free, online textbooks and teaching materials narrowed to specific subjects in K-12 education. For instance, CK-12 Foundation offers student and teacher versions of books and user reviews of materials, while Project Gutenberg provides free digital versions of classic texts and a feature that suggests other books similar to ones selected.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is supporting legislation in California to suspend some standardized tests while new computerized exams are being developed, a move that would save the state $15 million. Lawmakers now are considering legislation that would suspend some tests beginning next fall, as well as a separate bill that would delay the suspension until 2016. Tests required by the federal government would not be suspended.
Schools nationwide are working to improve their broadband Internet connections as the deadline for online testing under the Common Core State Standards nears and teachers increasingly look to use technology in lessons. While a majority of schools have Internet access, in some cases it is not sufficient to meet the needs of educators or their students, who report slow connections and insufficient capacity. To help improve, some states -- including Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, and Utah -- have launched statewide broadband networks.
Mitsubishi has introduced the WD390U-EST projector, which has a built-in thin client, enabling it to access content in the computing cloud or on nearby servers. "Teachers have a unique set of issues when they present in the classroom and shouldn't have to worry about technical problems when uploading their lessons or run late because of technical difficulties," said Mitsubishi's Wayne Kozuki. The projector is expected to go on sale in March; pricing has not yet been stated.