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New fund created to back creating of K12 technology

NewSchools Venture Fund has launched NewSchools Ignite, an education technology accelerator that will support entrepreneurs tackling gaps in K12 education technology. Its first initiative will be focused on science and engineering technologies and digital tools that enhance science learning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools selects new blended learning provider

North Carolina’s second-largest school district has selected Edgenuity as the district’s primary online and blended learning solution. Edgenuity will provide access to its full curriculum and offer blended learning, instructional services, initial credit and credit recovery to the district’s 78 secondary schools.

Wonder Workshop streamlines coding instruction through touch app

To support educators in teaching basic coding skills, Wonder Workshop developed a new version of its Blockly touch app. Through drag-and-drop programming and diverse puzzles, the app’s new content brings coding to life during STEM instruction.

Kentucky Department of Education adopts custom grants management system

The eGrants system automates the entire grant life cycle for state and local education agencies, including improvement planning, allocation of funds, application entry, budgeting, approval, payments and various reporting functions for education grants.

New program for students to view class performance debuted

WebAssign released its latest analytics feature for students, My Class Insights. It gives students an overview of concepts they have learned and topics they are struggling with based on data from students' first attempt on a problem.

Rand McNally launches new digital edition classroom atlas

Students can flip through Classroom Atlas in its digital format, tap images and content to highlight and add notes to reference later.

Education company Blackboard seeks $3 billion sale

The U.S. learning software company is exploring a sale that it hopes could value it at as much as $3 billion, including debt. Blackboard provides custom software to help students collaborate on assignments and communicate with teachers.

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Odysseyware unveils redesigned course customization builder

The redesigned custom course builder allows educators to quickly identify and organize the building blocks of a course to further personalize the learning experience for each student. Additionally, educators are able to search curriculum by topic and standard to facilitate even more customization.

Cradlepoint broadens small branch networking

The company has expanded its WWAN platform with the introduction of the cloud-delivered AER 3100, which provides an all-in-one networking and security solution.

Story2 launches enhanced online college essay toolkit

The enhanced version of Story2's EssayBuilder product line will expand students’ ability to plan and complete admission, scholarship and honors program essays. The new College Essay Planner enables students to research colleges, and find the prompts and deadlines for the additional essays those colleges require.