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Laptops, Chromebooks Most Valuable Education Tools, Teachers Say

In a national survey of more than 1,300 K-12 educators, laptops, Chromebooks and media tablets were chosen as the most valuable tools for teaching and learning, while mobile phones and smart watches were cited as the least useful (and most detested).

Chino Valley USD Upgrades to Fiber

Chino Valley Unified School District in Arizona is in the process of implementing a 10-gigabit private fiber optic wide area network between all four of its schools, with the goal of improving the district's network scalability, security and speed.

SETDA Raises Broadband Targets for 'Learning in the Digital Age'

Today, the State Educational Technology Directors Association released a report featuring new goals for internet and wide area network services.

Connection Merges GovConnection, PC Connection, MoreDirect, Softmart into Single Brand

One of the major IT solution providers in the education space is renaming itself. Connection, formerly known as PC Connection, is moving all of its subsidiaries, including GovConnection, into the new brand.

Blackboard, Authentica Partner on Data Integration

Blackboard and Authentica Solutions, a company that provides tools for data authentication and management, have extended a partnership that aims to improve the bi-directional flow of data between Blackboard's learning management systems and other education applications.

Apple Unveils iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

Apple unveiled the iPhone 7, 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 on Wednesday. The products should be available starting Sept. 16.

Non-Profit Pilots Delivery of Offline OER for Prisoner Education

A non-profit organization with technology that brings digital content to "offline" populations around the world for the purposes of education will be paying more attention to a U.S. population that's also unable to access the Internet: those in prisons and jails.

New AI Tool Helps High Schoolers with College Admissions

SchoolWise, an online platform for high school students interested in college, has launched, a new website that’s designed to help high school students and their parents during the often arduous college admissions process.

CIO Best Practices: 3 Key Steps for Digital Transformation Initiatives

Digital transformation has the potential to revolutionize citizen services, but efforts to bring about that change are "often hindered by top-down hierarchies, cultural legacies and the lack of a compelling vision."

Tustin Unified School District Embraces Wearable Tech in Classroom

Tustin Unified School District in Orange County, CA has been experimenting with virtual reality, and the district’s senior director of technology is considering using fitness trackers and other wearable devices for future learning.

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