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Gaggle releases new Android and iPhone apps

With the release of the Gaggle App for Android and iPhone, Gaggle’s online teaching and learning platform is now available on any modern web browser and most smartphone or tablet devices.

Insight Education Group launches ADVANCEfeedback

ADVANCEfeedback, a platform designed to manage the observation and feedback process, is Insight Education Group's newest offering for for teachers and school leaders. Through live or video-based observations, the program provides feedback, identifies examples of great teaching and more.

South Carolina districts join national tech coalition

Two Midlands school districts have been selected to join Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of schools working toward innovation in technology and education. They join seven other districts to trade ideas on what works to better serve students.

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Feds reach out to kids over online predators

A new Immigration and Customs Enforcement cybersafety program will send agents to school auditoriums to encourage teen and tween Internet users to turn to law enforcement if they are approached or victimized by online predators amid a rise in cases involving the sexual exploitation of children.

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New N.Y. Innovation Tech high school will ‘smash status quo’

Innovation Tech, a new BOCES high school opening in Liverpool in September, will have an entirely project-based learning curriculum integrating students, teachers, businesses and local colleges. A second high school will be opened in Cortland, N.Y., in 2016. Both schools will be part of California-based New Tech Network.

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Ed tech startups raised over half a billion dollars in Q1

Close to 100 venture-backed education-focused startups raised over $500 million in the first quarter of 2014, marking the single biggest quarter for capital committed to the sector in the past five years, according to CrunchBase data.

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Pa. K12 district selects Follett’s Aspen student information system

Big Spring School District in Pennsylvania has selected Follett’s Aspen student information system for its student data collection, reporting and management. The Aspen platform connects student information to classroom curricular, educational and communication tools.

Traditional career-tech fields get modern

Changing industry requirements can mean even the most traditional career tech fields will require more training. While some programs are in cutting-edge fields, like biotechnology, robotics and athletic health care, many are the same programs that have been offered for decades.

Discovery Education and Tenn. district collaborate on digital learning

Discovery Education has begun working with Tennessee’s Oak Ridge Schools to create digital learning environments in classrooms districtwide. Through a six-year partnership, Discovery Education will support Oak Ridge Schools’ plan to implement a 1-to-1 learning initiative with digital content and professional development.

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif.