21st Century Teaching & Learning Resources

Online Public School Founder Admits $8 Million in Tax Fraud

The founder and former CEO of an online public school that educates thousands of Pennsylvania students pleaded guilty this week to federal tax fraud, recognizing that he siphoned more than $8 million from the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School through for-profit and nonprofit companies he controlled.

High School Students Receive Free Access to Developer Tools

Embarcadero Technologies has opened up its software development tools to publicly funded higher ed institutions and high schools.

Turnitin Releases New, Free Teaching Resources

Turnitin’s back-to-school program, “Rethink Feedback,” features new, free resources and tools this fall. The new elements are designed to help K–12 teachers and higher ed instructors teach proper methods of attribution, improve student writing skills and avoid plagiarism.

Nonprofit Releases Blended and Personalized Learning Strategies

Educators can now access a collection of blended and personalized learning resources from the The Learning Accelerator. The nonprofit’s project includes real-world strategies for data use, personalized instruction and mastery-based progression.

Follett Destiny Expands Chromebook Integration, Adds SAML and LTI Support

Follett has updated its flagship library management system. The latest release of Destiny includes a revamped interface; simpler access to digital resources, including open educational resources; and new kinds of integration with some Google Chromebook models.

Tustin Unified School District Embraces Wearable Tech in Classroom

Tustin Unified School District in Orange County, CA has been experimenting with virtual reality, and the district’s senior director of technology is considering using fitness trackers and other wearable devices for future learning.

Startup Receives Federal Grant to Expand Minecraft Student Reach

Minecraft just received another education boost. An ed tech startup that encourages students to build their own mods for the popular online virtual world game has received a second grant from the National Science Foundation that will enable it to continue development of its coding environment for novice programmers.

New York Ed Department Names First Privacy Officer

New York’s Education Department has appointed its first privacy officer, Temitope Akinyemi, whose responsibility will be to ensure that student data remains private and confidential.

Cyberbullying Among Teens More Common with Current or Former Friends Than Strangers

Current or former friends or dates are seven times more likely to cyberbully each other than young people who don’t know each other, according to a recent study.

Comcast Reports Internet Essentials Program Helped 3 Million Low-Income Americans

Comcast’s Internet Essentials program has helped 3 million low-income Americans, or 750,000 families, access low-cost, high-speed Internet service at home, according to a five-year progress report the company released today.

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