Survey examines OER adoption | Halawa inmates program robotic cars as part of education initiative | Report: Nearly all US school districts have broadband
September 22, 2017
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Survey examines OER adoption
Almost 75% of educators are aware of Open Educational Resources but lack a full understanding of OER licensing, according to a survey of more than 500 district decision makers. About 16% of those who responded said they have adopted an OER curriculum.
T.H.E. Journal (9/21) 
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Connecting with English Language Learners
How are your English Language Learners (ELL) responding in the classroom? Are they struggling academically? In this session, we'll examine the issues around this underserved population and provide tips to serve the ELLs in your districts. Learn more.
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Halawa inmates program robotic cars as part of education initiative
Halawa Correctional Facility, in partnership with Kamehameha Schools and the innovation company Oceanit, is offering inmates a chance to learn how to program robotic cars through computer coding classes. "Software coding and just working with computers and technology is going to be the biggest growing industry and so the more skills we can set them up with, the better off they're going to be when they join all of us out here," said Oceanit's Sumil Thapa.
KITV-TV (Honolulu) (9/21) 
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Systems Management
Report: Nearly all US school districts have broadband
Report: Nearly all US school districts have broadband
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The percentage of US school districts that meet federal requirements for broadband service rose to 94% last year, while 88% have the necessary access to Wi-Fi in classrooms, says a report from EducationSuperHighway, a broadband advocacy group
Government Technology online/Tribune News Service (9/19) 
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Managing Budgets
How much the US, 34 countries spend on education
How much the US, 34 countries spend on education
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Spending on elementary through high-school education declined by about 3% in the US between 2010 and 2014, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's annual report of education indicators. Data show that other OECD countries often get better outcomes by spending less money and focusing on different priorities.
The Hechinger Report (9/18) 
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Schools and Social Media
Tips for student-centered learning
Tips for student-centered learning
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Student-centered learning should consist of giving students "voice and choice," asserts Katherine Goyette, educational technology and integrated studies consultant for the Tulare County Office of Education in California. In this interview, she offers several tips for student-centered learning.
SmartBrief/Education (9/20) 
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Last Byte
Hawaiian immersion school teaches world languages
Hawaiian immersion school teaches world languages
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A language-immersion school in Hawaii teaches students entirely in Hawaiian through fifth grade before introducing them to English-language lessons. It also offers Japanese and Latin courses and wants to include other tongues, such as Portuguese and Tagalog.
Hawaii Tribune-Herald (Hilo) (9/19) 
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