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H&R Block running a "How Big is a Billion?" contest

H&R Block recently introduced the "How Big is a Billion?" contest, a new educational program that asks teachers to turn the idea of $1 billion into a math assignment for a chance to win a $3,000 grant by March 14.

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.

After-School All-Stars receives $4M grant from New York Life

New York Life Foundation announced a $4 million grant to After-School All-Stars, a nonprofit providing year-round, school-based, afterschool programs. The four-year grant will be used to support expansion to serve middle school youth in six new cities.

La., N.Y. and Wash. districts earn top national honors in NSBA's 2014 Magna Awards

Recognizing school boards for taking bold and innovative steps to advance public education, the grand prize Magna Awards winners are St. Charles Parish Public Schools in Luling, La., Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Medina, N.Y. and Kent School District in Kent, Wash.

Dell names Dell Youth Innovation Advisors

Dell has named a group of 12 young leaders under the age of 22 Dell Youth Innovation Advisors. They will contribute to the company’s technology and solutions strategy in the education sector and serve as advocates for the student voice to ensure Dell is providing students with the tools they need to succeed.

New skills assessment feature with Atomic Learning

The online professional learning company has launched a skills assessment feature for its technology training that enables users to gauge their progress mastering the skills taught through Atomic Learning's library of tutorials.

Nepris connects STEM professionals & classrooms virtually

STEM professionals are meeting face-to-face with students to talk about their jobs virtually through connections made through Nepris. The company matches STEM professionals to K12 classrooms with interactive sessions and project mentoring using the teacher's specific session and subject requests.

Study shows Benchmark Literacy program improved reading achievement

The results of a scientific research study on Benchmark Education's Benchmark Literacy reading program among K6 students in several Virginia schools showed that the program helped 11 percent more students score proficient or advanced on Virginia's SOL test than their state’s average.

HUMAN becomes official service partner of the NSBA

HUMAN is now an Official Service Partner of the National School Boards Association, which will allow HUMAN to work with member state associations on complying with the USDA's new Smart Snacks In School rules, which go into effect on July 1, 2014.

MakerBot takes orders for new mini compact 3D printer

MakerBot announced the order availability for one of its newest 3D printers, the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer.