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Oracle Pledges $1.4 Billion for Computer Science Education in the EU

In conjunction with a new collaboration between the European Commission and DigitalEurope, Oracle unveiled Thursday a three-year investment totaling $1.4 billion in direct and in-kind support of CS education throughout the European Union member states.

HP Unveils Ultra Thin, Durable Convertible Laptop

HP today announced a “rugged” convertible laptop designed for classrooms. The new HP ProBook x360 11 G1 Education Edition (EE) is touch-enabled and claims to be “the world’s thinnest rugged convertible notebook PC.”

Wichita School District Implementing NEC's Univerge SV9500 Network

NEC Corporation of America is assisting Wichita Public School District (WPS) in Kansas in its migration to a new Univerge SV9500 communications network designed to meet the district’s needs for up-to-date integrated telephone and unified communications for the foreseeable future.

Online Charter School Loses State Attendance Audit Appeal

An appeal by Ohio’s largest online charter school of a ruling that allows the state to use the amount of time students are logged in to calculate enrollment and funding has been dismissed.

Boxlight Introduces ProColor Interactive Flat Panel Displays

Boxlight today unveiled its ProColor Series 1 interactive flat panel displays. These displays include Android OS, offering an instant digital whiteboard plus integrated browser.

Nonprofit Releases Tool for Districts to Compare Broadband Prices, Speeds, Bandwidth

EducationSuperHighway, a San Francisco-based ed tech nonprofit, has launched the full version of its Compare & Connect K–12, an online tool that helps school district technology directors and superintendents view and compare broadband services and bandwidth information for school districts across the country.

ISTE Seeks Public Comment on First Draft of Refreshed Standards for Teachers

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is seeking public comment on the first draft of its refreshed ISTE Standards for Teachers. More than 600 individuals from around the world have provided insight into the contents of this initial draft and, by the time the second draft is released in early 2017, ISTE anticipates that thousands more will have participated in the process.

Mobile Beacon Awards Digital Inclusion Grants

Mobile Beacon, an organization that connects nonprofits, schools and libraries to the internet, has chosen Chelsea District Library in Chelsea, MI and Bartram High School in Philadelphia, PA as the recipients of its Wi-Fly Lending Launch Kit grant for educators. These grants provide 25 laptops, 25 4G LTE mobile hotspots and free, mobile, unlimited 4G internet access for one year to each organization.

Report: More Equity Needed in K–12 Education

A new research project from Scholastic finds that the overwhelming majority of educators (97 percent) agree that “equity in education for all children should be a national priority.” The Teacher & Principal School Report, released Thursday, surveyed more than 4,700 public school pre-K–12 teachers and principals representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Seattle Elementary Teacher Uses Bloomz App to Encourage Good Behavior

Once Seattle teacher Jude Miqueli she started using Bloomz a year and a half ago, she noticed that her kids were responding better, and were even improving their behavior in class.

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