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Google Classroom offers assignment center for students and teachers

Google is launching Classroom, a new offering in its Google Apps for Education to provide students and teachers with a central place to create, store, organize and provide feedback for classroom assignments. The service is in beta and available only in some schools.

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Louisiana district selects Teachscape

Calcasieu Parish School System in Lake Charles, La., has selected Teachscape to support the effectiveness of teachers and administrators in its 21 priority schools. The district, the fifth largest in the state, will help educators engage in collaborative professional learning based on instructional data collected during teacher evaluations.

Hooda Math unveils new, free math games

Hooda Math launched three new games: Integer Tilt, Sand Grid and Time Punch. The games review essential math concepts like integers, coordinate pairs and telling time in an engaging way. All three games cover Common Core grade level standards and are equipped with an email reporting feature.

NetSupport launches NetSupport School Tutor app

NetSupport announced the availability of its NetSupport School Tutor app for Chrome OS. The new app will enable teachers in a dedicated Chrome environment to remotely interact and engage with student Chromebooks from their own Chrome OS-based system.

Cree's new replacement tubes cut energy costs

Cree introduced a series of LED T8 replacement tubes that offer 30 percent energy savings and near-universal driver compatibility.

Schools seek part of $250 million Ohio grant program

A total of 662 organizations, including 446 public districts, have requested more than $761 million in the second round of the Straight A Fund grant award process. The applicant pool includes 73 percent of Ohio school districts. The $250 million Straight A Fund was created to promote innovative local ideas and programs to help transform and modernize Ohio’s education system.

Vernier Software & Technology to hold STEM-science teacher workshops

This summer, Vernier Software & Technology will offer more than 20 full-day, hands-on training institutes to help science and STEM teachers integrate data collection technology into their science curriculum.

Aspex Solutions releases the TeacherFit Urban Assessment

The TeacherFit Urban K12 teacher applicant prescreening assessment from Aspex Solutions will allow principals and hiring managers to identify teachers who are most likely to be effective teachers in an urban school setting.

New K12 content integration planned by Blackboard and Discovery Education

Blackboard and Discovery Education will be partnering later this year on an integration for K12 students and instructors that will provide access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus content. The service provides more than 151,000 standards-aligned resources.

3D Systems launches digital literacy programs

A series of 3D digital literacy initiatives has been launched by 3D Systems. The long-term MAKE.DIGITAL initiative includes an education webpage on 3DS', curriculum and training resources for a range of STEAM subjects and age groups, and partnerships with programs and scholarships.