Technology in the Classroom
Balefire Labs has added support for 12 new languages to its educational app and game reviews.
Worldwide, vendors shipped 337.2 million smartphones in the second quarter of this year, an 11.6 percent increase over the same period last year and the second-highest total in history, according to a new report from International Data Corp.
Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia have legislation that allows charter schools as well as state-funded preschool programs, and 32 of those jurisdictions have at least one charter school serving preschoolers, but state policies present a barrier to charter preschools in many jurisdictions, according to a new report from The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
A new lab at Texas A&M University is studying the science of the mind and how it learns.
Valley Christian High School in Chandler, AZ has implemented a new digital signage system campus-wide to improve communication with students.
WebAssign, a company that provides online instructional tools, has released My Class Insights, a new analytics tool for students.
Hatch has launched a new program, Shell Squad Adventures — Dual Language, designed to help English language learners in pre-K develop math and literacy skills in Spanish and prepare them for kindergarten in English.
In the latest version of its Registration Gateway software, SRC Solutions has added new features, such as single sign-on with more student information systems, type-ahead address functionality and streamlined document uploading for parents, based on customer recommendations that were then voted on by existing users.
As Congress debates reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, a national organization of financial aid professionals has issued its latest "National Student Aid Profile" to help policymakers understand what they're making decisions about.
CTL has introduced the NL15 Windows Education Laptop, a new semi-rugged 11.6-inch laptop running the latest Windows 10 operating system.
Instructional spending by K-12 schools in the United States was up 9 percent in the 2013-2014 school year, according to a new report from MDR, the largest increase in six years.
An application that lays additional class collaboration functionality on top of Google Apps for Education has added mobility features to its iOS version and hinted at an Android edition.
SRC Solutions has added a complete portfolio of K-12 administrative software products that can be used in conjunction with its 15-year-old Registration Gateway software.
A new study found that in two-year colleges, only 4 percent of instructors found students "most generally able to do what is expected." The number was slightly higher in four-year schools: 12 percent. The rest reported that students had arrived to higher ed with at least some gaps in preparation.
The toolkit will include a framework for revamping relevant job descriptions, roles and evaluation rubrics for school librarians. Project Connect will also create videos, webinars, whitepapers and possibly micro credentials that librarians and others can earn.
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SheerID and Agile Education Marketing's survey of 536 K-12 teachers also found that the majority spent more out of their own bank accounts for classroom supplies than they got from either their school or their school district.
Instructure Canvas has a new lecture capture and video solution in its Open LTI App Collection.