Industry News

New instructional professional development tools offered by Texthelp

Texthelp launched Teach for Google, a comprehensive professional development solution that offers a library of short courses with instructional videos, strategy overviews, templates, checklists and more through Google Apps for Education.

Software AG grows relationship with California teachers’ pension fund

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, America’s second largest public pension fund, expanded their relationship with the implementation of Software AG’s zIIP Enabler for Natural. The transaction platform takes advantage of IBM’s specialty processors to lower the total cost of ownership of operating a mainframe.

Kickboard open sources policies to better protect student privacy

Kickboard is open sourcing its privacy policies and processes to help other K12 companies develop an effective privacy policy and terms of service. Kickboard’s Platform and Service Privacy Policy includes information about the roles of schools and school officials; how information about students, school officials and parents is collected, tracked and used; and data security.

Connecticut district incorporates CrisisManager

Stonington Public Schools is now using SchoolDude's CrisisManager. The Connecticut district’s administrators have access to CrisisManager and their school's customized emergency response plans on their smartphones. Detailed instructions outline plans for inclement weather, injured student, active shooter, bomb threat and other crisis situations.

Science Channel and Discovery Education launch STEM initiative

The Support Our Science initiative will offer a combination of digital content, customized educator support and professional development, student engagement activities, Science Channel content and hands-on digital tools and resources to help educators build students' STEM skills and knowledge.

Schoology selected by Delaware to power blended learning initiative

The Delaware Department of Education has selected Schoology’s Learning Management System to power online and blended learning across the entire state in addition to professional development to help teachers implement blended learning.

California district using Bomgar's remote support for its 48 schools

Lodi USD is using the Bomgar Remote Support solution to provide tech support to its 3,000 employees and to comply with federal laws that protects the privacy of student education records.

SchoolInfoApp introduces new school and district mobile app features

Mobile apps by SchoolInfoApp now allow students to securely display their official school ID on their iPhone, Android or other smartphone with scannable barcodes and pertinent information. Another new feature allows teachers to issue digital hall passes to help with schools' out-of-class management policies and procedures.

Maryland county expands partnership with Discovery Education

Carroll County Public Schools will bring Discovery Education’s new digital math textbook to its middle and high school classrooms districtwide. Math Techbook features Common Core and state standards-aligned math content, interactives, videos, digital tools and game activities.

EducationCity introduces computing as new elementary school topic

Edmentum added computing as a new subject available in EducationCity, a foundational learning program for grades pre-K through 6. The new subject provides an introduction to computer science, digital literacy and information technology using interactive content.