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Report: South Carolina Teacher Shortage is Getting Worse

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 20:00
South Carolina started the 2016-17 school year with 481 open teaching positions and it looks like the teacher shortage there is getting worse, according to the latest report from the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA).

Project Lead the Way's California Conference Starts Monday

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 18:49
The sixth annual California Project Lead the Way Conference starts Monday in Riverside. More than 1,500 students, educators and business professionals are expected to gather at the Riverside Convention Center through Wednesday to witness student inventions and designs, built to solve real-world problems.

Video Series to Reveal K–16 Education Plan and Advocate for Disadvantaged Students

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:48
Unite For California Students (U4CAS) and Prager University will launch a four-part video series discussing changes to California’s education system so it can better meet the needs of special needs and low-income students.

Carnegie Learning Adds Summative Assessments to Middle School Math Software

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:00
Carnegie Learning, a company that offers software- and web-based personalized learning solutions, and Edulastic, an online assessment platform, has teamed up to introduce a new feature to the former's math software that enables users to add summative assessments.

AAC App Adds Features to Engage Students, Communicator Team

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:00
The augmented and alternative communication (AAC) app, created for students who have trouble speaking, has debuted a feature that improves team communications and goal-setting efforts across the app.

CommonLit Releases New Features that Offer Lessons on Literacy, Reading and History

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:17
CommonLit, a nonprofit that offers free, online instructional materials and tracking tools to support literacy development for students in grades 5 to 12, has released new features that further support its mission.

Earth Networks Partners with WeatherSTEM to Produce Weather-Related STEM Curricula

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 17:24
Earth Networks, a Maryland-based weather data company, is partnering with WeatherSTEM to deliver to schools STEM curricula built around hyperlocal weather data.

Phishing Attacks Down 10 Percent in 2016

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:17
Infosec professionals are 10 percent less likely to report that their organization was the victim of a phishing attack in 2016 than in 2015, though that still means three-quarters of organizations were targeted and half of that same group said phishing attacks are on the rise, according to the latest State of the Phish report from Wombat Security Technologies.

More Than $4 Billion in E-Rate Funds Available for Districts in FY 2017

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:13
The Federal Communications Commission sets aside $3.9 billion annually for E-rate funding, and with $200 million rolling over from 2016, school districts will have access to more than $4 billion in fiscal year 2017 for connectivity upgrades.

Learningonline.xyz and Microsoft Collaborate to Build a Language Learning Bot

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:16
Microsoft’s Skype is collaborating with Eton Institute and partner company Learningonline.xyz in developing a bot that can teach users a new language.

Literacy Curriculum Provider Launches iOS App

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:00
Learning Upgrade, a company that offers digital, differentiated literacy curriculum for English language learners (ELLs), has launched a new mobile app that includes more than 300 sequenced lessons.

Obama Administration and ED Won't Finalize Controversial Regulation in ESSA

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 13:29
The Obama Administration and the United States Education Department (ED) are dropping an effort to adopt a final regulation under the Every Student Succeeds Act that would have required that federal funds must “supplement and not supplant” state and local funds.

Publisher Adds Augmented Reality to Children’s Books

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 13:00
Capstone, a publisher of children’s media, has launched a free mobile app that enhances its print books with augmented reality (AR).

ED Reveals Final Regulation on Open Licensing Requirement for Competitive Grant Programs

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:21
The United States Department of Education (ED) has announced final regulations tied to competitive grant programs and open licensing. When educational institutions apply for grants, they are required to share certain findings and resources publicly, with some exceptions, so other educators, students and institutions may benefit.

Mississippi Attorney General Files Suit Against Google Over Handling of Student Data

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 18:21
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has filed suit against Google, Inc., over how the internet behemoth maintains and uses data collected from Mississippi public school students who have Google’s G Suite for Education accounts, the attorney general’s office said in a news release.

Report: Need for Federal Investments in Early Learning Increasing

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 14:01
While many have argued that the federal government sponsors too many childhood and early learning programs, a recent analysis of federal programs by the Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) indicates otherwise. The new report says investments in early learning are not meeting the needs of families across the nation, and many eligible families are not receiving services.

Canvas Integrates With Google to Enable Single Sign-On, Streamline Workflow

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 13:00
Canvas from Instructure today announced a new integration with Google that enables single sign-on and merges the capabilities of Google Drive and the LMS platform.

Genevra Walters: How Tech Can Close the Achievement Gap

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:31
As superintendent of Illinois’ Kankakee School District, Genevra Walters has transformed a lackluster general ed program into the successful College and Career Academy Classrooms. With the help of technology in these classrooms, Walters has helped close the achievement gap for those students who were not enrolled in gifted or magnet programs.

Sprint Opens Donation Portal for 1Million Project

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:30
Sprint has launched an online donation portal for individuals who want to help provide mobile devices and high-speed wireless internet connection to 1 million high school students in the United States.

Report: Five Actions States Can Take to Bridge the Computer Science Ed Gap

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:10
The Southern Regional Education Board, a nonprofit organization consisting of state legislators, educators and policymakers, has released a report detailing five actions states can take to bridge the computer science education gap and prepare young people for a future engaged in computers and information technology (IT).