Computers in the classroom

New Indiana School Standards Emphasize Computer Skills

Aug 1, 2016
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For the first time, schools will be required to teach computer science skills to all Indiana elementary and middle school students.

Indiana will be one of seven states with formal statewide computer science standards this school year.

All summer, computer science has been a focus at the Lincoln Street Boys and Girls Club in Bloomington. About 20 rowdy campers pile into the club’s computer lab.

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Rossville students will attend a homeroom period this school year to learn about technological responsibility. Schools have also added three technology-centered courses.

The class addition came as part of Rossville Consolidated Schools’ technology program. New computers and tablets for K-12 students are to be distributed later this month. Teachers were required to attend training with the new computers this summer.

Superintendent James Hanna says the program aims to prepare students for a changing technological workplace.

Indiana Superintendents Meet With President Obama On Tech

Nov 19, 2014
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Eight Indiana school superintendents are meeting with President Obama to spotlight the ways they‘ve incorporated technology into the classroom.

The superintendents are among 117 nationwide invited to a White House summit to compare notes on how they‘ve used computers and other devices to make teaching more effective.

Yorktown Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says her district is using software in areas from teaching kindergarteners to read to advanced-placement chemistry.