Technology in the Classroom

Discovery Education Acquires DoodleLearning, Will Integrate Doodle's Math and ELA Solutions

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 17:31
Discovery Education and parent company Clearlake Capital today announced the acquisition of British ed tech provider DoodleLearning, whose four math and English Language Arts solutions will be integrated into Discovery Education’s suite of solutions in the coming months, Discovery Education said.

NWEA Study: Students Who Used MAP Accelerator 30 Minutes per Week Achieved Big Gains in Math

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 10:24
In a massive study conducted during the 2020–21 school year, education researchers at NWEA found that students using MAP Accelerator personalized math instruction for at least 30 minutes a week achieved surprisingly big gains across all grades and all demographic categories, according to the study results released today.

Star Assessments Now Connects to Nearpod; Star Phonics & Spanish Language Literacy Assessments Unveiled

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 08/15/2022 - 14:13
Renaissance’s Star Assessments platform now connects with Nearpod, enabling teachers using the Star platform to access the Nearpod lesson library and resources without leaving Star, Renaissance said, and it has launched two new foundational literacy assessments: Star Phonics, billed as the only web-based assessment of 12 phonics categories and 102 essential skills, and Star CBM Lectura, an assessment of literacy development in Spanish for K–6 students in bilingual and dual-language programs.

NoRedInk Premium Adds Benchmarks to Help Schools Track Student Writing Growth

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 08/15/2022 - 13:07
Adaptive writing curriculum provider NoRedInk has added a new assessments feature called Benchmarks to its premium solution, enabling educators to measure growth in students’ writing skills school- or districtwide, according to a news release.

Browser-Based Video Editor Now Free for Education

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 13:39
Kapwing is now offering free subscriptions for students and educators to its browser-based video editing software, which works on all platforms, including Chromebooks.

IXL Launches Universal Screener to Identify At-Risk Students

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 13:27
Ed tech provider IXL has launched a new universal screener designed to help educators determine student proficiency levels and identify students who may be at-risk or in need of extra supports.

Varsity Tutors' New Teacher Assigned Tutoring Platform Puts Educators in Charge, Connects Classroom Challenges to Sessions

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:00
Online tutoring provider Varsity Tutors today unveiled a new service that puts teachers in charge, enabling them to “prescribe” sessions to their struggling students, communicate with each tutor, ensure the extra help is focused on the topics students are struggling with in class, and monitor each student’s progress post-session.

Safety Software Provider Raptor Tech Partners with Alertus on Multi-Modal Mass Notifications

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/10/2022 - 19:16
School safety software provider Raptor Technologies and emergency notification software provider Alertus Technologies said this week they will integrate their solutions to enhance security for K–12 schools and districts using Raptor solutions.

Newly Released Interim Guides Designed to Help Urban Districts Assess Progress of ARP Investments

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/10/2022 - 18:55
The Council of Great City Schools has released a set of guides tailored to each function of school leadership to help urban school districts evaluate their American Rescue Plan investments and implementations one year in, the nonprofit said in a news release.

ParentSquare Partners with MyVRSpot, Expands Video Messaging Options for Educators

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/10/2022 - 17:38
In response to requests from educators for more ways to send video messages to parents, ParentSquare this week announced a new partnership with video and digital media service MyVRSpot that will expand video messaging capabilities on ParentSquare’s school-home communications platform.

Illuminate Education Booted from Student Privacy Pledge, Referred for Potential FTC and State AG Action

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 08/09/2022 - 14:33
The Future of Privacy Forum on Monday announced it has removed Illuminate Education from the nonprofit’s list of Student Privacy Pledge signatories — the first time a company has been de-listed from the voluntary data protection pledge — and said it sent its decision and supporting facts to federal and state authorities for potential legal action against the ed tech company.

HMH Combines Phonics Instruction with AI-Driven 1:1 Reading Tutoring in New Connected Foundational Skills Solution

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 19:04
Learning technology company HMH has unveiled a new connected teaching and learning solution for literacy that combines its AI-driven Amira Learning literacy tutoring solution with its Saxon Phonics & Spelling instruction for K–2 classrooms.

Amid Shortage, Mississippi Initiative Offers Free Praxis Prep Resources for Aspiring Teachers

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 18:42
Education policy nonprofit Mississippi First on Monday announced it has partnered with to launch’s Keys to the Classroom initiative statewide, providing cost-free resources to help aspiring teachers pass their Praxis exams and earn teaching certificates, according to a news release.

AAUW Opens 2022 Gender Equity Grant Program

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 14:56
AAUW has opened its 2022 Community Action Grant program, which awards $3,000 to $10,000 to individuals and organizations for programs that promote "education and equity" for women and girls.

Promise Neighborhoods Program Accepting Applications for $18M in Grant Funds

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 14:12
The U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education is now accepting applications for the Promise Neighborhoods program, which will award up to $18 million to four or five winning applicants later this year. The deadline to apply for the grants is Sept. 27, 2022.

ED Hosting Webinars This Week for Full-Service Community Schools Grant Applicants

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 13:40
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education will host several webinars this week to provide guidance to local and state education agencies and community-based organizations interested in applying for the Full-Service Community Schools grant program, which will award up to $68 million to approximately 40 applicants later this year.

List of All K-12 Schools Known to be Impacted by Illuminate Breach of Student Data

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/04/2022 - 18:07
An updated list of all K–12 schools in the U.S. known to have been impacted by the breach of student data resulting from a cyberattack on Illuminate Education's systems in January 2022.

Nonprofit Groups Say ED Must Address Inequitable Harms of Student Online Activity Monitoring

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/03/2022 - 19:30
In an open letter this week to U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon, 15 education, technology, and civil rights nonprofits called for the department to put schools and online activity monitoring providers on notice that such monitoring must not result in discrimination or violation of students’ civil rights and liberties.

K–12 Grants & Upcoming Events

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/03/2022 - 15:10
Upcoming funding opportunities, conferences, and webinars for K–12 schools, teachers, IT practitioners, and leaders (updated semi-weekly)

Hear Ransomware Victims Describe the Response & Recovery Lessons Learned at Virtual Event for IT Practitioners

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/03/2022 - 14:06
School cybersecurity nonprofit K12 Security Information Exchange is holding a free professional development webinar, “The Long Tail of K–12 Cyber Incident Response and Recovery,” for education sector IT practitioners on Aug. 16, featuring an extended case study of Northshore School District’s response and recovery work following a crippling ransomware attack targeting the Washington district in 2019.