Industry News

9/24/2014

9/24/2014

LocknCharge launched two new syncing and charging carts specifically designed for iPad devices. The iQ 30 Cart and EVO 40 Cart are designed for iPad, iPad Air or iPad Mini device collections in school environments. Schools can store, sync, charge, secure and transport as many as 30 devices in the iQ 30 and 40 devices in the larger EVO 40.

9/24/2014

edX launched a new initiative with 26 new courses aimed at high school students, who make up 5 percent of edX's users. Courses were developed by 14 institutions, including MIT, Rice, the University of California Berkeley, Georgetown and public high schools.

9/24/2014

Red Comet introduced a brand new learning management platform that hosts all the courses on one platform. The new system offers better reporting and student progress tracking facilities.

9/24/2014

The new Business Technology Early College High School in Queens, New York is a collaboration between SAP, Queensborough Community College, the New York City Department of Education, and the Early College Initiative at the City University of New York. Although the first two years are focused on literacy and critical thinking, students then need to choose a business or technology major and have real-world internships.

9/24/2014

At least 60 percent of the state's districts have agreed to have their students take the proposed PARC. State citizens will make a decision next year when a vote on switching from MCAS to PARCC is made. Despite continued grumbling about the MCAS and the pressures this puts on students and schools, this may be one case where better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.

9/24/2014

School Specialty, Inc.'s Projects by Design team worked closely with the Shelby City School District to outfit learning spaces in the new Shelby High School with furniture and equipment. Implemented solutions included student tables that can change configurations for different types of class projects to flexible seating.

9/24/2014

The Walker County Public School System in Jasper will integrate the Kids Making Healthy Choices app into its iPad-enabled health and physical education curriculum at Bankhead Middle School. The app includes the digital ebook adaptation of the Making Healthy Choices—A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids book, kid-friendly recipes, online tools and resources and more.

9/24/2014

Eastern DataComm is now offering ShoreTel Sky solutions to its customers, joining the "Enabled tier" of the Champion Partner Program - Cloud track. The Champion Partner Program is designed to enable solution providers with UC expertise to provide ShoreTel’s end-to-end communications products and services.

9/24/2014

Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.

9/24/2014

Taxpayers pay both the administrative costs in local schools for handling the paperwork overload and the interest on bonds from the uncertainty in reimbursement. If lawmakers can’t see clear to ease the property tax burden, the very least they could do is make it easier, and cheaper, for schools to deal with state requirements.

9/24/2014

A proposal for the Santa Monica-Malibu USD provided a high-end estimate of what the first phase of their technology upgrade might cost. The $34 million would be spent on software, hardware and new staff. One big-ticket item, a network upgrade for 809 classrooms and workspaces, could cost about $9.2 million.

9/24/2014

October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

9/24/2014

The Louisiana Education Department and three local public school systems have been awarded $1.7 million to prevent violence and address it when it occurs. The grants are part of a federal program to improve school safety since the 2012 mass shootings in Sandy Hook, Conn.

9/24/2014

School districts are required by law to provide transportation, if needed, to fulfill students’ special needs and they use a variety of methods to do that. Sometimes that means transporting students miles away from home by car service, taxi and even employee’s personal vehicles to get them to a specialized school.

9/24/2014

A big change is coming to the way Minnesota’s high school seniors are measured for their proficiency in learning. After 2013 legislative action, instead of testing seniors with the GRAD test as they exit, all 11th graders will be required to take the ACT in the spring of their junior year. The test will be paid for by the state and given at local schools.

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