Industry News

Capstone’s PebbleGo now iPad compatible

Capstone announced its preK-3 research solution PebbleGo is now optimized for the iPad, Android, Kindle Fire HD and other mobile devices. PebbleGo 2.0 features a new interface design to support mobile web browsers, as well as a number of enhancements across all four of the database modules: Animals, Biographies, Earth and Space, and Social Studies.

ASCD to provide professional development for Pennsylvania district

ASCD Professional Learning Services has entered an agreement to provide professional development training for up to 100 administrators, teachers and consultants in the Coatesville Area School District. ASCD will provide Understanding by Design professional learning for elementary and secondary educators throughout the 2014–2015 school year.

Hayes Software Systems awarded a NCPA contract

Hayes Software Systems has signed an agreement with the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA). NCPA members can now purchase Hayes’ cloud-based inventory control solutions through the purchasing cooperative.

Schoology contracts with Uruguay's Plan Ceibal 1-to-1 initiative

Schoology has signed a contract supplying all schools in Uruguay with the Schoology learning management system. Schoology will be powering Uruguay’s 1-to-1 instruction program, Plan Ceibal, to deliver instruction and resources while connecting students and teachers in a learning-centered, secure community platform.

K12 Inc. completes sale of select businesses

K12 Inc. has completed the sale of select businesses to Safanad Education Ventures Limited. The businesses consist of K12's post-secondary business, K12's interest in an existing Middle East joint venture currently operating with a Safanad Limited affiliate and a private international brick and mortar school.

New publishing division launched by Learning Sciences International

Learning Sciences International is launching a new publishing division with a 10-book series, the Marzano Center Essentials for Achieving Rigor. The first volume of the research-based instructional guide series will be available this month, with the remaining nine titles following throughout the summer. Publications will initially be released in print, followed immediately by e-books.

Kaplan division partners with Education is Freedom

Kaplan K12 Learning Services is teaming up with Education is Freedom to help the Dallas-based nonprofit in its mission of helping thousands of underserved high school students across the Dallas ISD with the college admissions process. Through the partnership, students can access Kaplan’s SAT, ACT and PSAT preparation resources.

PassTheNotes and NEC Corporation of America sign content agreement

PassTheNotes signed a reseller agreement with NEC Corporation of America to bring together their technological capabilities, channel partners' sales presence and collaborative tools to provide a complete cloud-based content management solution.

Mayor-school board collaboration strengthens school governance

Collaboration between mayors and school boards—not mayoral takeovers—can lead to better school governance and student achievement, according to a report by the Center for Public Education at the National School Boards Association. The report also found that mayors can provide great benefits to public schools, enabling better integration and coordination of services for children and families.

Illinois district expands its partnership with Discovery Education

Des Plaines CSD 62 has expanded its partnership with Discovery Education to include an extensive professional development program. District 62 will work with Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps multi-year program to develop teacher leaders to actively participate in the district’s digital transition.