K-12 Educational Technology News

All news articles from the THE Journal editorial team, in chronological order.

U Houston System Launches AP Exam Prep and Teacher Training MOOCs

The University of Houston System is introducing its first three massive open online courses (MOOCs), two of them targeted to high school seniors preparing for advanced placements tests and one for K-12 teachers.

Report: Most States Cannot Answer 'Basic' Questions about Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Data Collaborative has released the "2013 State of the States' Early Childhood Data Systems," which finds that most states cannot answer basic questions about the efficacy of early childhood education because the data are housed in multiple systems that are uncoordinated and managed by different governmental agencies.

Google Buys into STAR/Accelerated Reader Parent Company

Google is upping its ante in the education segment with a $40 million investment in Renaissance Learning, a Wisconsin company that produces the popular STAR assessment system and Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math curriculum programs.

Napa County Provides Literacy Tool Free to Preschools

The Napa County Office of Education is providing an English and Spanish literacy tool to preschoolers and their schools and families at no charge.

Report: Cuts to Prison Education May Lead to Higher Prison Costs

Every year, more than 2 million adults are released from prisons and jails in the United States. Of those, some 40 percent find themselves incarcerated within three years of their release. But prison education programs can curb the three-year rate of recidivism by as much as 13 full percentage points. Unfortunately, according to a new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice, those education programs saw some drastic cuts in the four years immediately following the start of the recession, especially in states with higher prison populations.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Adds Learning.com to Strategic Council

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has added Learning.com to its strategic council.

Follett Adds Penguin Titles to K-12 E-Book Service

Follett is adding 17,000 titles from Penguin Group to its e-book service for K-12, Titlewave.

Brief: MatterHackers To Launch Software for Stand-Alone, Networked 3D Printers

MatterHackers has unveiled MatterControl for Android, software designed to allow users to print directly from a 3D printer without the use of a connected PC and to connect the devices via a wireless network.

WillowTree Launches Platform for School Apps, Sites

WillowTree Apps has launched the Apps for Education Platform, a tool designed to help schools develop and deploy customized apps and HTML5 Web sites.

Brief: ePals Joins Pearson's Online Learning Exchange

Social learning and education media provider ePals has struck a deal to make its materials available through Pearson's Online Learning Exchange.

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