March 2015 - Top Stories

What's the next big thing in K-12 educational technology?

Classroom courses that we would have envisioned in a Star Trek episode will soon be coming to the classroom.  3D printing courses, also known as Makerspaces, will be hot in the next couple of years, as will education on drones and wearable technologies.

State and District Push Back on Common Core

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February 2015 - Staff Highlight

In this issue of the EdGate Observer, we would like to introduce a member of our Data Entry Specialist Team, Christine Sargus.

February 2015 - Top Stories

California plans investment in Career Technical Education

California Governor Jerry Brown has allocated $250 million for career pathways, according to a recent report by the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, with new legislation proposing to bump up that investment to $650 million.

February 2015 - Standards Update

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

  • Florida Alternate Assessment Standards (Access Points) - Science (2008)
  • New York - Social Studies (2014)
  • New Jersey - Media Technology (2014)
  • Ohio Assessment Standards - Science (2014)
  • Tennessee Assessment Standards - Language Arts (2014)
  • Tennessee Assessment Standards - Mathematics (2014)
  • Tennessee Assessment Standards - Science (2014)
  • Virginia - World Languages (2014)
  • Wyoming - Career Technical Education (2014)

 

Safeguarding Student Data in the Classroom and Beyond

EdGate Correlation Services and its parent company, EDmin, fully support the White House goal to ensure that data collected in the educational context is used only for educational purposes. This proposal was announced on January 12, 2015 and its purpose is to provide teachers and parents the confidence they need to enhance teaching and learning with the best technology possible. Learn more about the legislative proposal.

South Carolina Makes "Homegrown" Changes

The 2015-2016 school year promises to be one of change for South Carolina schools. In response to the passing of the new law passed (Act 200), new English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (MA) standards will be in place for the upcoming school year thus removing Common Core from the curriculum.

Expanding and Contracting STEM

With the prominence that the concept of STEM has achieved in educational discourse over the past few years, it's no surprise that a number of people are proposing variations on the basic theme. You may already have heard of STEAM, which intends to integrate art into the curriculum defined by the basic quartet of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; others have proposed STREAM (which adds reading and art) and STEMSS (adding social studies).

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