Thursday, April 13 is the deadline to seek competitive bids for products and services and receive E-rate discounts. Schools and libraries requesting E-rate discounts must seek competitive bids using FCC Form 470, as required by Federal Communications Commission rules.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) board of directors has named Richard Culatta as its chief executive officer. Culatta is the former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the United States Department of Education and currently serves as chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island.
Mobile learning is the top priority for K–12 IT leaders, according to the fifth annual K–12 IT Leadership Survey published by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). It’s the first time mobile learning ranked as the highest priority in the survey.
AcademicWorks, a scholarship management company for K–12, higher education, foundations and grant-making institutions, has been acquired by Blackbaud, a cloud software company powering social causes.
Ed Tech Strategies, a Virginia-based research and counsel consultancy, has published a K–12 Cyber Incident Map, an interactive visualization of cybersecurity-related incidents reported about United States K–12 public schools and districts from 2016 to the present.
Education technology company eScholar has released a new edition of its cloud-based data management and reporting platform for student improvement.
What does it take to be considered a "great district" by the teachers who work there? "Substantial" salaries help, as does ample professional development and coaching that are tailored to the individual educators and include ample team planning time.
A hefty study commissioned by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and written by researchers at Mathematica has examined the impact of School Improvement Grants (SIGs) and found that implementing a SIG-funded model "had no impact on math or reading test scores, high school graduation or college enrollment."
That app, MyinTuition, was created by a professor of economics at the school who was frustrated by having to forecast the cost of sending his own kids to college.
Google's Chromebooks gained a majority share of the K–12 mobile device market in the last year, pushing back Apple's iPad even further, while Microsoft Windows devices held steady in second place. Overall, the K–12 mobile device market saw double-digit growth in device shipments.