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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.

Des Moines Public Schools Install 2,100 Epson Interactive Projectors

Des Moines Public Schools in Iowa have installed more than 2,100 Epson BrightLink 595Wi interactive projectors across its 65 schools over the past year.

OnCourse Systems Partners with NJ School District to Unify Platforms

OnCourse Systems for Education, a provider of cloud-based technologies for schools, is partnering with New Jersey's Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVRSD) to unify platforms and digital products in one place.

Free Service Lets Districts Compare Their Bandwidth and Costs with Other Districts

Comparisons on the site can be done across school districts or by broadband services. Results can be filtered by type of service, speed, type of connection, state and service provider.

School Superintendent Pay in CA Overshadows Top IT Leader Salaries

The highest paid school superintendent in the state of California earns almost two and a half times more than the highest paid K–12 IT leader did.

Sowash’s ‘The Chromebook Classroom’: An Excellent Resource for K–12 Teachers!

The Chromebooks are coming! The Chromebooks are coming! So, what is a K-12 teacher supposed to do with those Chromebooks? In this week’s blog post we review “The Chromebook Classroom”a recently published book by John Sowash. Our opinion? Sowash has hit a homerun!

Race to the Top Funding Impact on Student Outcomes 'Not Clear'

While RTT funding did introduce more use of the policies promoted by the multi-billion-dollar program, the impact of those changes on student achievement is "unclear," according to new research.

What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for K–12 and Ed Tech?

Disturbingly little is known with any certainty about President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s plans for education. Even credible speculation is difficult, given that Trump is far from a traditional Republican and that his statements on a range of issues have proved somewhat inconsistent over the last year or so. But one thing is certain for a Trump presidency backed by a Republican-dominated Congress: Education policy is going to move in a new direction.

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