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CWU’s Special Education Technology Center awarded $360K

Central Washington University’s Special Education Technology Center has received a $360,000 grant for the 2013-2014 academic year to support assistive technology in K12 public schools.

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LearnLaunchX graduates ed tech companies at inaugural Demo Day

At LearnLaunchX, Boston's education technology accelerator, entrepreneurs pitched products and business plans to a group of more than 150 investors and education industry leaders. The products and plans were developed at LearnLaunchX's immersive, three-month program designed to grow education and learning companies.

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MasteryConnect launches online ed for kindergarteners

It’s not every day an entrepreneur gets to sit down and discuss his business plan over lunch with Bill Gates. But that’s exactly what happened to Mick Hewitt, co-founder and CEO of MasteryConnect, an education tech start-up that sees the implementation of Common Core standards as an unparalleled opportunity.

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Will new technology save education in South Carolina?

Two of South Carolina’s poorest school districts have teamed-up with Furman University to offer high school students a new way to master their three R’s. And as they do, Furman educators plan to use the schools as models to turn around the state’s bottom-dwelling public education system, ranked 47th worst in the nation in high school graduations and, according to one national survey, dead last in student performance.

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Education tech start-ups: No longer the 'sleepy' crowd

A recent start-up event showcased something not everyone associates with business or technology: education. And all the start-ups presenting were aiming to do something truly innovative: make education beneficial to students and at the same time profitable to investors.

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27 topographic maps lessons

The USGS offers free topographic maps for most of the United States and provides 27 suggested topographic map lessons. Ideas include coordinates, scale, and map projections as well as less common things like the analysis of stereo aerial photographs.

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From 1 PC to 1 mobile device

Many of us began with a single desktop model when we first started using computers. Later, it was a natural development when we began using multiple devices to get the job done. It seems we are still stuck in one of those two plans. But recently, tablets have given us more reason to rethink, consider, and modify our use. Is it possible to use just one device to do everything again—but this time so much better?

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Here's an easier way to find lessons online

Two-thirds of educators say that a major frustration in searching for instructional materials online is the number of irrelevant results, a 2013 survey found. The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), created by the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons, seeks to solve this problem by providing a framework for describing educational content and products on the web.

New technology gives parents view of school day

Digital parent engagement platforms, in the form of mobile applications or websites, are facilitating dialogues between parents and administrators and giving parents the chance to track their children’s progress without having to schedule a parent-teacher conference.

DOE awards $1.4M grant to establish tech center for children with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.4 million grant to Family Health International in Washington, D.C., to establish the Center on Technology and Disability. The center is a collaborative effort among FHI, American Institutes for Research, and PACER Center, designed to help children with disabilities who need assistive and instructional technology to improve their learning.

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