Industry News

2/11/2015

2/11/2015

Blackboard Inc. has acquired Schoolwires, an educational website, hosting and content management provider. Schoolwires provides technology products and related services to more than 11 million users and 1,700 districts and educational entities in the U.S. and China.

2/11/2015

Some technologists say widespread lapses in student data protection across the education technology sector could potentially expose students to hacking, identity theft or even unwanted contact from strangers.

2/11/2015

For the past several decades, school systems have disinvested in teaching students how to make things, discontinuing shop classes and other hands-on learning to stress academic instruction and college prep classes. But now, creating opportunities for students to have applied learning experiences is a critical pathway to high-demand jobs.

2/11/2015

K12 Inc. is partnering with North Carolina Learns, Inc., a nonprofit charter school board, to operate the new North Carolina Virtual Academy for K12 students. The online school will use K12's curriculum technology and employ state-certified teachers from across North Carolina to provide customized instruction to students.

2/11/2015

Skyward announced a new test bank management program that enables administrators and educators to create custom student progress assessments at the district, school and classroom level.

2/11/2015

Filament Games debuted Backyard Engineers, a game that teaches engineering concepts and problem solving skills by giving students the opportunity to design and adjust catapults for fictional water balloon fights.

2/11/2015

Vernier Software & Technology launched the Vernier Structures & Materials Tester to help STEM students explore key engineering concepts. Students can design, build and test structures, conduct bridge competitions and analyze beam designs and material properties.

2/11/2015

While many feel that formal instruction is important in developing good habits, others argue that kids are typing on phones and tablets that make keyboards irrelevant. Common Core testing is now shaping that debate by positioning keyboarding skills as an indirect way to measure student achievement.

2/11/2015

Under a proposal from State Superintendent Randy Dorn, school districts would have to report how their students are meeting technology literacy requirements — whether it’s through a test, a culminating project or computer-oriented coursework.

2/11/2015

Small and largely out of the way, Texas' Natalia High School is quietly developing a reputation as a top center for learning a decidedly 21st Century discipline: robotics. The high school, which has 315 students, will be represented for the seventh straight year at the Texas Computer Education Association state robotics championship in May.

2/11/2015

Frontline Technologies has acquired CRS Advanced Technology, which produces a competing product for substitute teacher placement and absence management. Though CRS Advanced Technology's SubFinder users will not see any immediate change, Frontline intends to eventually retire the SubFinder system.

2/11/2015

Fourteen of Louisiana's public school districts have passed resolutions aimed at preventing schools from being penalized for students who skip Common Core standardized tests, according to the Louisiana Schools Boards Association.

2/11/2015

Senate Republicans are targeting the state government's $2.6 billion reduction in education aid triggered by the 2008 stock market plunge. Since then, about $1.6 billion has been restored, but Republicans want to recover the rest of the school aid this year.

2/11/2015

The Justice Department announced a settlement with Robertson County Schools that the government says engaged in a decades-long system of segregation involving African-American students.

2/11/2015

A state senator introduced a bill that makes it easier for parents who reside the majority of the workweek at their place of employment to enroll their children in the local school district.

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