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Money for Utah school equalization shifted to tech initiative

Senators approved taking possibly hundreds of millions of dollars that were targeted to help equalize funding for schools around the state over the next four years, and earmarked it instead for a drive to put more technology in schools.

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New all-digital curriculums hope to ride high-tech push in schoolrooms

English-language curriculums built entirely on a digital platform are about to enter the market, with promises that they will change the nature of classroom learning. While some teachers are reluctant to commit to a curriculum from just one provider, some observers also question whether digital tools would enhance literacy more than superficially.

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Alaskan bill giving tech funding to home schools sticks in committee

The Senate Education Committee questioned the constitutionality of a bill that would fund student equipment and technology service purchases for correspondence schools and home schooling. It calls for an increase from an 80 percent base student allocation to 100 percent.

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Follett partners with ShowEvidence on educational assessment

Follett Corporation announced an investment in ShowEvidence, Inc., a Santa Clara, Calif., education software company that provides a system for authoring, performing and rating student and teacher work that automates the scoring based on evidence found within the work products.

World’s Worst Pet named Parents’ Choice Recommended Award winner

World’s Worst Pet, an i-Ready iPad reading app, has been named a 2014 Parents’ Choice Recommended Award winner in the Mobile Apps category by the Parents’ Choice Foundation. The Curriculum Associates app helps children in grades 4–8 build Tier Two vocabulary through a game-based learning environment.

Vetica launches new professional learning platform Chalk.com

As a private online collaborative environment, Chalk.com creates a school- and districtwide professional learning community, giving educators the ability to share resources, hold discussions and work together.

Amplify and Intel Education collaborate on new tablet

Amplify announced a collaboration with Intel Education to offer a more ruggedized tablet built for K12 education. Available for the 2014-2015 school year, the new device is part of the Amplify Tablet System, which also includes instructional software, K12 content and implementation support.

CoSN releases first phase education technology guidelines for K12 CTOs

As part of its Smart Education Networks by Design initiative, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released the first phase of guidelines for K12 CTOs and district leaders on the current and future digital K12 landscape. The guidelines cover best practices and offer solutions to design, implement and manage networks.

Students learn code, create apps and build company websites at N.Y. hackathon

NYC Generation Tech's "Code4Tomorrow" student hackathon is a tech entrepreneurship competition in which high school coders dream up and build a digital product that benefits their community while learning the skills tech companies see as necessary.

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Audit finds poor oversight of Utah schools’ online education

Two private companies are being paid millions in Utah tax dollars to recruit online students who boost enrollment for mostly charter schools—on paper.

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