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April 13 is Deadline to Seek Competitive Bids for E-Rate Discounts

Thursday, April 13 is the deadline to seek competitive bids for products and services and receive E-rate discounts. Schools and libraries requesting E-rate discounts must seek competitive bids using FCC Form 470, as required by Federal Communications Commission rules.

CloudReady Extends Life of PCs to Run Office 365 Education Edition

CloudReady, which Neverware developed in partnership with Microsoft, is intended to help districts run newer software and services on older machines, thereby extending their usage lives

3 Keys to Introducing Virtual Reality in E-Learning Courses

Virtual reality (VR) has found its way into the educational space, and by all indications, it’s here to stay. Since VR glasses can be obtained for as low as $10 apiece, cost is becoming less of an issue. Here are three guidelines toward introducing VR in e-learning courses.

CoSN Survey: Mobile Learning Top Priority for K–12 IT Leaders

Mobile learning is the top priority for K–12 IT leaders, according to the fifth annual K–12 IT Leadership Survey published by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). It’s the first time mobile learning ranked as the highest priority in the survey.

World's First Fully Interactive Coding Studio for Kids to Launch in Chicago

A trio of tech entrepreneurs have launched Codeverse, the world’s first “hackable” classroom, studio and vertically integrated technology platform designed to teach children ages 6 to 12 the skill of coding. The studio is scheduled to open in Chicago in July.

Report: AI and Cognitive Systems Spending to Hit $12.5 Billion Worldwide This Year

The United States is expected to spend the most of any country on these two systems in 2017 — $9.7 billion, according to a report from the International Data Corporation.

4 Education Technology Trends That Are Redefining K–12

Five years from now K–12 classrooms will look dramatically different than they do today because of the four trends identified in this week’s blog post. You can take that prediction to the bank!

Virtual Schools to Grow 12.8% per Year Through 2021

The virtual schools market in North America is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 12.82 percent during the period 2017-2021, according to a new report.

San Francisco High Schoolers Tap AR to Tackle Environmental Issues

In the city that has been leading the fight to slow climate change, students will soon spend class time using an augmented reality (AR) game to figure out how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ed Tech Strategies Publishes K–12 Cyber Incident Map

Ed Tech Strategies, a Virginia-based research and counsel consultancy, has published a K–12 Cyber Incident Map, an interactive visualization of cybersecurity-related incidents reported about United States K–12 public schools and districts from 2016 to the present.

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