Students are different today because of technology. Every educator knows this, of course, but this change is about much more than agile thumbs, shriveling attention spans, and OMG'd vocabularies.
- By John K. Waters
The Consortium for School Networking, a professional association for educators, district officials and technology professionals, has selected 13 school districts to take part in an effort to develop digital media best practices in K-12 education to encourage innovation.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
ePals, a provider of educational technology products, will acquire Carus Publishing, the parent company of Cricket Magazine Group, Cobblestone Publishing, and Open Court Publishing.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
edWeb.net and Action Learning Systems have partnered to create a free online professional learning community for K-12 educators to learn about implementing Common Core State Standards.
Super Star Learning has released a school edition of My Dream Machine, the company's social goal setting and achievement platform.
Sciencia.org, a social network that publishes links to breaking science news contributed by its 64,000 international users, has added economics and financial science sections to its Web site.
Microsoft has revealed that Live@edu, the company's free, hosted collaboration and communications service for education, now has more than 22 million users, a 100 percent increase in the past year.
Schoolwires has released Nimbus, a hosted social learning platform developed to increase student and teacher engagement in grades K-12.
Trivantis has released a new version of Lectora Online e-learning software, which includes a lineup of features including additional Flash games, new characters, and collaboration tools.
Blackboard has acquired CerBibo, a provider of higher education and K-12 online learning software and services in China. The move is designed to expand Blackboard's presence in Chinese education and to "simplify the process for bringing new products and investments to Chinese institutions."