Blackboard has launched a new service that allows for anonymous texting between students and school staff. The service, TipTxt, is designed to let students report school safety issues, abuse, bullying, and other incidents privately. Blackboard is making the service free to K-12 schools, though the purchase of a dedicated line is required to use the service.
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Cloud computing and mobile technology are the top technologies to watch in education, according to this year's K-12 Horizon Report, an annual publication from the New Media Consortium that highlights developing trends in ed tech. And this year, the report suggests, they could go mainstream.
- By Stephen Noonoo
The Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning in Texas is replacing textbooks with digital open educational resources (OER) for its math and science classes using iPads.
Kyle Menchhofer kicked mobile learning off in rural, blue-collar, St. Marys, OH in 2007. But, in May, 2013, St. Marys voted down the school bond, and the visionary, pioneering program that Kyle created ended. Well, a chapter ended. Check out what Kyle did in 2007 to bring mobile learning to 160 students.
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
Adobe has released Connect Mobile 2.1, an update to the conferencing and collaboration tool for iOS and Android.
Google is taking a new approach to distributing mobile apps in schools. This fall, it will launch Google Play for Education, an Android app store for K-12 schools that will allow teachers to manage apps on their students tablets.
Panasonic has upgraded its line of ruggedized tablet PCs, the Toughbook H2. The new model gets improved CPU performance and beefed-up storage specs.
A security technology company has implemented a new theft management service that may interest schools running iPad programs.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Even as Apple's iPad shipments surge worldwide, its dominance of the tablet market is less secure than it once was. In the first quarter of 2013, its market share dipped just below 40 percent, as Samsung, ASUS, and Microsoft moved upward.