Tech Teaching, New Preschool Vision

Tech Teaching, New Preschool Vision

Some teachers embrace tech to teach, says WBEZ.  Others are trying to start a new preschool, reports Catalyst. TIF for DePaul, or for CPS? Meantime, WBEZ reporters Linda Luton and Becky Vevea won a couple of big journalism awards recently, via the Reader.  Also: Vision screening, '63 Boycott screening tonight, and national news.

SCHOOLS/CLASSROOMS

Role reversal: Kids train teachers at South Side school WBEZ: Magiera is part of the latter group, and she’s about as techie as they come. She runs a blog called Teaching like it’s 2999 and stays connected to other technology teachers and coordinators around the country.

Chicago Public Schools Adds Flipped Professional Development for Lowest ... T.H.E. Journal: CPS has adopted a blended approach to teacher professional development in an effort to improve its lowest-performing schools.

Former teachers face hurdles in launching new preschool Catalyst: Initially, Ilhardt and Powers planned to start with a center in Belmont-Cragin. They had held forums in the community, with help from the CPS Office of Family and Community Engagement. But those plans were scrapped once they learned that other South Side and West Side neighborhoods, with lower median incomes than Belmont-Cragin, were higher on the city’s priority list for early childhood programs. [ALSO:  Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K NYT]

CPS expands student vision screenings ABC: The Chicago 2014 budget will invest an additional $550,000 to expand its school-based vision program to now serve 45,000 of Chicago Public Schools' students.

20 kids treated after taking unknown pills ABC: Doctors treated nearly 20 kids after they apparently took some unknown pills at two Chicago schools.

BUDGETS

Mayor of the 1% In These Times: From a vantage point high above the Loop, Chicago is the picture of modern capitalism: glistening office towers, parks and architectural monuments named after billionaires, and a string of Pret A Manger cafes. But on the ground, Chicago is also a city in which protesters occupy hospitals to demand trauma care on the South Side, where it's not uncommon to see CTA riders wearing Chicago Teachers Union T-shirts, and where nearly 50 neighborhood elementary schools sat vacant at the start of this year, casualties of the city's “school reform” plan.

Don’t use TIF money for new DePaul arena, protesters say Sun Times: While protestors marched outside a City Club of Chicago luncheon Monday shouting against using taxpayers money to help build a new DePaul University sports arena, Dennis Holtschneider, the university’s president, said the city should answer the controversy.

EVENTS

Pencil This In: 'Lessons From The '63 Boycott' At The DuSable Museum Chicagoist: Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis will join Rosie Simpson and Fannie Rushing, leaders of the 1963 boycott, for a discussion at the DuSable Museum Oct. 22 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., the 50th anniversary of the boycott.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visiting Wheeling Thursday Chicago Daily Herald: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit with students at Wheeling High School on Thursday to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and tour the school's new nano technology laboratory.

MISC

It took two: WBEZ's education reporters receive national honors Chicago Reader: When Chicago Public Media was working up its annual budget earlier this year, there was a hot debate inside WBEZ over whether it could get by with one education reporter or should hang on to two—Linda Lutton, the staff beat reporter, and Becky Vevea,

A scorching jobs desert Chicago Tribune: Every year in Chicago Public Schools, 20,000 seniors graduate, while nearly 10,000 more who started high school at the same time fail to finish.

NATIONAL

Advocacy Groups Urge Arne Duncan to Get Tough on NCLB Waivers PoliticsK12: In a letter sent to the Education Department today, these groups express deep concerns about waiver implementation, from how graduation rates are factored into state accountability systems to how subgroups of at-risk students are being helped.

School iPads to cost nearly $100 more each, revised budget shows LA Times: The L.A. Unified School District will spend $770 per iPad, a 14% increase over earlier cost estimates, the revised budget shows.

Video: Middle schooler: Shooter was aiming 'at my chest' NBC: Sparks Middle School shooting survivor Jose Cazares describes the scene inside the school Monday when teacher Michael Landsberry got between him and the 12-year old shooter.

Sequestration Cuts Lead To Bigger Classes, Shuttered Arts Programs In Schools HuffPost: For the current school year, the group heard back from 298 school districts in 42 states. Eighty-six percent factored sequestration cuts into budgets -- up from 36 last year -- and 144 reported they deferred building maintenance or purchases. Eight closed or consolidated schools.

For many young D.C. parents, city schools remain a sticking point Washington Post: Public school enrollment in the District has risen nearly 18 percent over the past five years, mostly in the early grades and charter schools, as an increasing number of parents have been persuaded to give D.C. schools a try.

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    L.A. only paid $200 more than retail for each iPad. What a deal! I guess buying in bulk didn't offer much of a discount.

  • In the article:

    "The price per device, higher than retail, includes a protective case, a limited three-year warranty, technical assistance and training, and one Apple TV setup per 20 students. The cost also includes curriculum from Pearson Education Inc."

    My experience is that Apple does not offer special discounts to schools.

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    They bought a billion dollars worth of iPads and didn't get a discount? Nice negotiating.

  • In reply to Ed Dziedzic:

    Schools can't get a discount beyond standard Apple school pricing because there are not realistic alternatives in this market. In other words, iOS has stability and control characteristics not available from other tablet operating systems. Apple has earned a semi-monopolistic position in the market when it comes to large scale deployments. Because of that position, Apple can actual make a decent per unit profit on tablets, while their competitors are essentially selling the devices at cost.

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