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5 Things We Learned From An International Study On Technology In Schools

A new study finds the more students use email and the Internet in school, the lower their scores on international math and reading exams.

Last week the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development released the results of a global study looking at the effect of technology on 15-year-olds test scores. The group oversees one of the most important international exams, so their research matters. And the research matters even more to Florida because state law requires schools spend half [...]

Study Finds More Classroom Technology Doesn’t Mean More Learning

The more technology students use in school, the less progress they make on math and reading lessons. That’s the conclusion of a leading international education research group on the use of technology in schools. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development oversees the largest international math and reading exams in the world. The group recently [...]

Miami-Dade Classrooms Using Computerized Math Lessons

On one side of Yaliesperanza Salazar’s math class at Miami’s Frances S. Tucker Elementary School, students were learning to group data and draw conclusions using a line plot. But another lesson was happening on the other side of the class, one tailored for each student using i-Ready computerized instruction. i-Ready tests each student, identifies the [...]

Three Questions With State Sen. John Legg About His Technology Summit

State Sen. John Legg is gathering experts from schools, the technology industry, business and universities to talk about helping Florida schools integrate more technology.

Today in Tampa, lawmakers, superintendents, businesspeople and state university staff will gather to talk about using technology in Florida classrooms. The summit was the idea of Senate Education chairman John Legg, R-Trinity. We asked him what he wanted to accomplish: Q: You are gathering some school and education leaders together…to talk about school technology. Why [...]

How A Federal Program Will Help Florida Schools Go Wireless

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed expanding the E-Rate program, which helps schools and libraries purchase high-speed Internet service.

Curtis Lanoue teaches music in a trailer behind Oliver Hoover Elementary School in Miami. His colleagues have interactive smart boards in their classrooms. Those are like 21st-Century chalk boards that can can plug into the school’s network — and the Internet. Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana Schools are switching to mobile carts like this, loaded [...]

Report: It Will Cost $3.2 Billion To Upgrade Schools To Wireless Internet

President Barack Obama’s proposal to equip nearly every school with high-speed wireless Internet will cost $800 million per year — $3.2 billion total by the 2018 deadline — according to a new estimate given to the Federal Communications Commission. The initiative is important to Florida schools for two reasons. First, schools are switching to new [...]

Girls Who Code Launches In Miami, Tries To Close STEM Gender Gap

There’s an enormous push in Florida right now to grab more of the innovation economy, but we’re not the only state making a play for this sector. The competition nationally is fierce. Cities like St. Louis, Charlotte, and Phoenix have made bigger strides when it comes to growing as tech hubs. So local business leaders and [...]

Computer Programming Could Count As A Foreign Language

Learning to write computer code could replace foreign language courses.

Florida students could choose computer programming courses instead of a foreign language as part of a bill to help Florida schools add more technology and digital instruction. The bill would require state colleges to accept two years of computer programming if the courses applied to a student’s major. State universities would have the option of [...]

How Florida Teachers Learned Technology Connects With Students

Staff from CPALMS, a Florida site created to help teachers with standards and curriculum, show off a 3-D printer. CPALMS is creating a pilot program with some Florida districts to let schools and students try out the high-tech printers.

Last week Orlando hosted one of the oldest and largest education technology conferences in the country. Technology is an important issue in Florida schools because lawmakers have required half of all classroom instruction is delivered digitally when classes begin in 2015. Lawmakers are working on a bill which would pay for new bandwidth and devices, [...]

How Florida Lawmakers Want To Help Schools Get Ready For Digital Lessons

Florida schools could get more money to upgrade classrooms, purchase new computers, tablets and other technology and train teachers and staff how to use them. But they’ll have to meet new goals set by the Florida Department of Education, submit annual technology plans and document how they’re spending the money. That’s according to a bill [...]

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