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InBloom student data nonprofit closing

InBloom, which launched with $100 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is closing down amidst student data privacy concerns and withdrawn state contracts. The educational software company offered districts a cloud-based system for storing student data.

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Secant Technologies to upgrade Mich. district if bonds approved

Contingent on a $36.74 million bond approval by voters in May, Secant Technologies will help South Haven schools with technology upgrades, including analyzing technology needs, developing bid specifications and overseeing the bidding process for the technology portion of the bond work.

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Tech schools to receive $660M from Siemens to narrow skills gap

Siemens announced nearly $660 million of in-kind software grants for manufacturing programs at vocational high schools, technical community colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts. Thirteen academic partners, including five public high schools, are receiving the grants to support curriculum and training programs.

Eleventh largest district rolls out Aerohive wireless

Aerohive Networks has been working with Palm Beach County School District over the past year to implement Aerohive’s wireless networking solution to support increased demands for classroom digital learning. A case study has been released about the implementation in the district's 185 schools and 13 ancillary facilities.

Online curriculum debuted by Fuel Education

Fuel Education launched a new online curriculum designed for middle school students. Available on a variety of platforms and devices such as the iPad, Chromebook and Android, FuelEd’s Online Courses for Middle School enable teachers to personalize learning for students in an online or blended learning environment.

New multimedia direct link to first responders with Mutualink K12

Mutualink debuted a secure multimedia communications platform to enhance schools’ safety and security by establishing a direct link with police, fire, EMS and other entities in emergency situations. Mutualink K12, designed and licensed exclusively for K12 schools, acts as a gateway for real-time voice, video, data and text communications.

PresenceLearning helps Michigan schools with online speech therapy

Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System in Michigan has partnered with PresenceLearning to provide 60 of its students with online speech therapy. The school system, which is part of Mosaica Education’s network of charters and online academies, is using PresenceLearning at all four of its schools.

Learning Upgrade releases Math Upgrade 6 courses

Learning Upgrade is unveiling its Math Upgrade 6 course to support student mastery of all sixth grade Common Core math standards. Math Upgrade 7 will also be released this month. The Math Upgrade series of courses, designed by educators, covers each standard benchmark in grades one through eight.

SunGard K-12 Education releases new eSchoolPLUS version

SunGard K-12 Education has released the latest version of its eSchoolPLUS student information system. New features include boosting efficiency of daily tasks and quickly recording students’ presence and location during emergency situations.

Software House syncs security-events system with ELERTS' mobile app

Software House and ELERTS Corporation are partnering to integrate the ELERTS Lock-It-Down mobile app with the C•CURE 9000 security and event management system. This integration provides users the ability to lockdown a facility remotely through an iPhone, iPad or Android phone.