Administrative/Business Tools


Short-Term Impact of $3 Billion School Improvement Grants: Zilch; Long-Term Impact: TBD

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."

Simpler Alternative to Net Price Calculator Gaining Pickup

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.

Chromebooks Surge in Schools as Apple Slides

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.

1 Million Interactive Flat Panels Sell in 2016

Interactive flat panel displays (IFPDs) did well in the education and corporate markets last year, selling one million units in 2016, according to a recent report by market research firm Futuresource Consulting.

New Education Think Tank Debuts, Offering Online News and Research

FutureEd, a new education policy think tank, has launched today, offering online news, analysis and research that’s independent, nonpartisan and “solution-oriented.”

Free Tool Helps Schools Do Quick Impact Studies of Ed Tech Usage

A new, free online tool is expected to help school administrators perform "quick, low-cost evaluations" to make better decisions about educational technologies.

Hobsons Acquires High School Counselor-College Admissions App

Ed tech company Hobsons recently acquired RepVisits, an application for connecting high school advisors with college admissions offices to arrange high school visits.

ED Secretary DeVos Tells States to Maintain ESSA Timelines

Betsy DeVos, the new secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED), wants to maintain the timeline set by the Obama administration for reviewing state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), even though accountability regulations appear as though they will be eliminated by Congress.

CTL Teams with PortableCloud to Offer Web Content and Apps Over WiFi Without Internet Connection

CTL (Compute, Teach, Learn) is partnering with PortableCloud to offer the PortableCloud platform and Cube servers, which allow users to access curated files, web content and web apps over WiFi in any device with a browser, regardless of internet connectivity.

ClassTag Releases Automated Newsletter Functionality to Augment Communications

ClassTag, a free parent engagement app for teachers and schools, has released a fully customizable and automated newsletter functionality to augment its communications and scheduling capabilities. The announcement was made during the TCEA conference in Austin, TX this week.

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