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Nominations Open for 2017 ISTE Awards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced today that nominations are open for its 2017 awards honoring exceptional educators and leaders who are leading the way to connected learning. Each year ISTE’s awards recognize individuals whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age.

IXL Adds Recommendations System for Adaptive Learning Service

IXL's adaptive learning service has added a personalized recommendation feature that aims to guide students to resources for remediation as they work through math activities and want more practice.

Global Education Gamification Market to Grow 66.22% Through 2020

The global education gamification market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 66.22 percent from 2016 through 2020, according to a new report by Dublin-based market research firm Research and Markets.

Toys, Education Companies Invest $24 Million in Mobile Gaming Startup

A startup that builds interactive iPad games for its flagship gaming accessory that enables learners to “play beyond the screen” has received additional funding to bring some of its games to iPhones and introduce more character-driven content.

New Bluetooth Spec Delivers Longer Range, Faster Speed

Next year's wireless headphones, fitness trackers, glucose monitors and in-car audio traffic navigators are expected to offer a longer range, faster performance and a larger broadcast message capacity with the adoption of Bluetooth 5.

E-Learning Market Expected to Experience Major Growth Over Next Five Years

The e-learning market is predicted to experience significant global growth over the next five years, largely driven by advances in technology, evolving business needs and a number of emerging learning and development trends, according to Docebo’s newly released research report, “E-Learning Market Trends and Forecast 2017-2021.”

Bibb County SD Hires More Virtual Teachers to Address Shortage

In an effort to fill vacant teaching positions, Bibb County School District in Georgia is expanding a pilot program that has teachers live-streamed into classrooms to instruct middle school and elementary school students.

Parents Admit to Social Media Spying on Their Teen and Tween Children

Two thirds (67 percent) of parents say monitoring their children’s media use is more important than respecting their privacy, according to a report released Tuesday by Common Sense Media. More than two in five parents (41 percent) say they check their children’s devices and social media accounts “always” or “most of the time.”

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.”

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