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Research & Forecasts


Report: Many Schools Have Implemented Common Core, Lack Bandwidth for Tests

In districts that have adopted the Common Core State Standards, 95.7 percent of schools have already implemented the standards or are in the process of doing so, while the remaining 4.3 percent are still in the planning stage, according to a new survey of public school principals. However, only 53.6 percent report that they have sufficient bandwidth to conduct online assessments.

Research: Social Media Sharing May Increase Engagement in News

People who share news on social media may be more engaged, and for longer, with the news they share than those who read the news casually, according to researchers at Penn State University and the University of Connecticut.

Study: Math Augmentation Program Can Help Improve MAPs Scores

An eighth-grade math teacher's research found that using Learning Upgrade boosted scores significantly.

Global PC Shipments Increase Following 2-Year Decline

Following more than two years of decline, global PC shipments increased 1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner.

Research: Facebook Most Popular Social Network, Others Gaining

Facebook continues to be the most widely used social network among online adults, according to a new survey from the University of Michigan School of Information and the Pew Research Center.

Tablet Adoption To Continue To Slow in 2015

Sales of tablets will continue to slow in the new year, though the devices will still see an 8 percent growth over 2014 numbers to reach 233 million shipments, according to a new forecast from market research company Gartner.

Smartphone Shipments Surge as Feature Phone Sales Drop

Global smartphone shipments grew just more than 20 percent to reach 301 million units in the third quarter of 2014 despite no growth in the mobile phone market overall, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner.

Hybrid Classes Outlearn Traditional Classes

Students in hybrid classrooms outperformed their peers in traditional classes in all grades and subjects, according to the newest study from two organizations that work with schools in establishing hybrid instruction. According to the 2013-2014 "Hybrid Learning Program Results," from Hybrid Learning Institute and Dellicker Strategies, more than nine out of 10 schools using a hybrid learning program reported higher academic performance on standardized tests compared to traditional classrooms in the same school district or state benchmarks.

Servers See Mild Growth in Q3

The number of servers shipped in the third quarter of 2014 grew 1 percent, with North America and Asia/Pacific driving the mild upward swing.

E-Learning Software Tops Educator Shopping List

When it comes to choosing what technology will be added to schools, e-learning and classroom management top the list. While half of schools already use e-learning software and online homework portals, another 29 percent expect to add or update that in their classroom arsenals, according to a new report from CompTIA.