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Project ChildSafe releases new firearm safety video

The National Shooting Sports Foundation debuted How to Talk to Your Kids about Firearm Safety. The a new educational video, starring champion shooter and mother Julie Golob, was created as a resource to start positive and constructive conversations about firearm safety and help responsibly demystify the subject of guns.

Forecast5 debuts analytics platform for California schools

A new business intelligence and data analytics platform, 5Sight, is being introduced by Forecast5 Analytics, Inc. to the California public education market. 5Sight enables school administrators to review historical trend data and compare performance metrics for finance, human resources, academic achievement and other school operations.

New version of math learning app launched by Tabtor

Tabtor's redesigned Tabtor app, currently available for download in iOS and Android versions, now features a more intuitive navigation structure and new gaming elements. The app features multimedia math tutorials and adaptive analytics.

Yaskawa Motoman introduces STEM platform for education development

The STEM Robotics Platform is designed specifically for classrooms, robotics labs and robotics training centers. Material handling and welding platforms are available and include robots that are speed-limited for enhanced student safety.

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.