- Shoe-bomb witness to speak from London at N.Y. trial
- New evidence could threaten Army sex assault case
- George Zimmerman signs autographs at Orlando gun show
- GOP lawmaker faces fire for NBA crime tweet
- Taliban vow to ‘use all force’ to disrupt Afghan elections
- Atheists sue to remove ‘Ground Zero Cross’ from 9/11 museum
- Bishop in Aleppo: ‘We Christians live in fear in Syria’
- Oscar Pistorius vomits during graphic testimony
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford flubs daylight saving time advice: ‘Turn your clocks back’
- Americans don’t support sending U.S. troops to Ukraine
High-tech tools for schools
At Park View High School in Sterling, Va., ninth-grade students will soon have a multimedia “highway” room as a result of a grant the school won from America Online for a little more than $16,000. The room — aimed at inspiring students’ ultimate careers — will include a stage, sound board and mixer, video wall and new computers. Teachers will receive training for room use, which could include speeches or debates, after-school tutoring, multimedia presentations or adding to a schoolwide CD of music and poetry.
Andrea Smith, the ninth-grade team leader who wrote the grant proposal, said teaching with technology shouldn’t be seen as a “trend,” but rather as “a logical step for the times in which we live.”
Many interactive computer programs offer one-one-one tutoring in reading, science and other subjects. About 5,000 schools across the country use Soliloquy Learning’s Reading Assistant, a software program that listens to the child read aloud, corrects when a word is bungled, reads back to the child if needed and collects real-time information for the teacher.
Still, many tech hurdles exist. Mr. Wheeler said access to it clearly varies with the wealth of the school district, and many school systems who have it still haven’t set up adequate career development for teachers to harness it.
And Jon Bower, CEO of Soliloquy Learning, said schools typically don’t invest enough in technical support, which causes problems. In the business world, about one-third of technology money is spent on tech support and training, he said, but schools usually only spend about 5 percent of their tech budget on that.
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Senate Democrats, Republicans spar over restoring unemployment benefits
- CURL: Today's GOP really is Reagan's 'Big Tent' party
- Mitch McConnell on beating tea party: 'We are going to crush them'
- Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
- Arrest made in Ohio bar shooting that killed 3
- SAUERBREY: Taxing Marylanders until they flee
- As Crimea falls, Obama takes Key Largo golf vacation, Biden hits Virgin Islands
- Charges filed against accused 'shadow campaign' financier
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again