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K–12 Districts Prepare Their Infrastructures for the Internet of Things

Ed Tech Magazine – Eli Zimmerman

“The surge of devices used by K–12 students is putting a strain on school district networks, causing IT teams to consider adopting the Internet of Things. Bringing IoT into schools maintains connectivity for students and teachers during the day, through both personal devices and classroom tools like smartboards, Kellie Wilks, chief technology officer of Ector County Independent School District, TX, told EdTech magazine at the ISTE 2018 conference.” (more)

Opinion: If the U.S. Wants to Protect Itself Against Cyber Warfare, It Must Invest Big in K-12 Computer Science

The 74 Million – Andrew Lewis

“A yearly rite of passage for state lawmakers across the United States is creating an annual budget, and as sure as the sun will rise and set, there will be debate about K-12 expenditures. Go to any state capitol building and you will hear arguments over whether the state is spending too much or too little to properly educate its public school students.” (more)

Orange County parents opt to put children in language immersion programs

Los Angeles Times – Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil

“‘They’re learning how to speak English anyway, so it’s really no different for them to learn other languages at the time,” said Carrie Mizera, executive director of Renascence School International, a tri-lingual English, Spanish and Mandarin immersion program in Costa Mesa. “Their brains are really, really absorbent at that time, and that’s why we want to capture this opportunity and teach multiple languages.'” (more)

Student social, emotional and academic development becoming more intertwined in K-12 classrooms

Ed Source – Lee Romney

“Researchers, educators, parents, teachers and youth advocates across the country increasingly agree that learning and practicing social and emotional skills in tandem with academics is crucial to K-12 student success. That’s according to a report issued this week by The Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development.” (more)

Dealing with digital distraction

The Hechinger Report – Chris Berdik

“In K-12 and college classrooms across the country, some educators are enacting at least partial device bans, some are advocating for teaching style changes (fewer lectures, for example) and still others are seeking help from the technology itself. There’s little consensus, except that the peril of digital distraction neither starts nor ends in school, and learning to tame our tech obsession is a new and vital life skill.” (more)

Algebra, Spanish and Bank Loans 101: The growing need for financial literacy in high school

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

“Few would disagree that teaching financial literacy to K-12 students — many of whom were not born until after the financial crisis that swept the U.S. in 2008 — is important. But the deep recession that took hold of the country had some roots in financial decisions made by consumers. Voss believes students should be thoughtful in how these choices were made, so they don’t repeat them.”(more)