This year's top priorities among IT leadership in K-12 are assessment readiness, wireless access and mobile learning, in that order. Those are the same priorities as last year, with the difference that wireless beat out mobile learning. Those and a number of other findings surfaced during this year's K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a professional association for school and district IT leaders.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
McGraw-Hill Education has unveiled a new version of Building Blocks, its supplemental math program, with 50 percent more games, iPad accessibility and increased support for Common Core and state standards through grade 8.
RGS has launched the RGS Education Chromebook, a ruggedized Chromebook designed for use in the classroom.
Assessment provider Renaissance Learning will partner with online resource collection provider OpenEd to directly connect assessment of students to the resources that will help teachers with the Common Core Standards.
Watchung Hills Regional High School in New Jersey has implemented a software-defined storage system to support its VMware Horizon virtual desktop infrastructure.
Since Feb. 16, schools in Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey and New Mexico have started testing.
- By Christopher Piehler
University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education has teamed with a private partner to launch an online course focused on strategies to differentiate instruction for English language learning students in an effort to prepare them for Common Core assessments. The course is one of four that, taken together, comprise the "Equity Educator Certificate Program."
In the 2014-2015 school year, nearly 12 million K-12 students in public districts will take college readiness assessments online for the first time. In order for them to perform successfully, it is vital that both students and teachers have the technology skills that the new tests require.
- By Anna Martin, Shannon Smith, Jesse Wray
Learnosity has integrated handwriting recognition technology from MyScript, which recognizes more than 200 mathematical characters and symbols, to its new suite of assessment tools to allow students to write and solve equations with handwritten input.
Software vendors and publishers raked in $2.5 billion on digital assessment products in the United States in the latest school year for which there is data, according to a new report. The total market for software and content in U.S. preK-12 education was up by $480 million to $8.38 billion.