K-12 Technology News

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Cincinnati Public Schools Launches Bootcamps for Blended AP Courses

Cincinnati Public Schools is launching a pair of week-long boot camps in an effort to prepare students for the rigors of Advanced Placement courses ahead of an expansion of its blended AP programs.

Acer Introduces Chromebase All-in-One Desktops

Acer is expanding its line of Chrome OS machines with two new all-in-one desktops. The Acer Chromebase DC221HQ series features two models, one with 10-point multitouch technology and one without.

Internet of Things Heading Toward $1.7 Trillion by 2020, Set to Rock 'IT Status Quo'

According to IT research firm International Data Corporation, IoT is expected to grow from $656 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020.

Free Statewide E-Portfolio Program Ends

The dream that was sustaining the first free state-wide e-portfolio initiative, which heralded great promise in Minnesota, has officially died. Users received e-mail in the last week of May announcing that free e-portfolios were being discontinued and that existing users would have to pay an annual subscription fee of $10 to keep their accounts active.

Wearables Bulk Up with Triple-Digit Gains

Wearables have seen their eighth straight quarter of growth.

Instructure Launches Data Optimization Service

Instructure, the company behind the Canvas learning management system, has released Canvas Data, a hosted data service for K-12 and higher education that enables them to analyze online teaching and learning activity.

Ohio District Eliminates 102 Reading and Math Assessments by Using i-Ready

Plain Local School District has been working with the i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction and Ready programs from Curriculum Associates for a couple of school years. In that time, the school system has reported that it has been able to eliminate dozens of assessments in its K-8 schools.

Edsby Integrates With Office 365, Google Apps for Education

Learning management system Edsby has integrated with both Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office 365, giving teachers, students and faculty more opportunities to take advantage of technology in learning.

Report: Addressing Poverty Gap Calls for More Flexible Approaches

Figuring out how to close the "poverty" gap that keeps many low-income students from fully succeeding in school has generated numerous theories over decades. A new research paper suggests that delivering services beyond academic help in an "interdependent, deliberate way" may be the best way to achieve "breakthrough results."

zSpace VR STEM Lab Immerses Middle School Students into Science

A middle school in East San Jose has been using a desktop virtual reality platform to explore science topics.

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