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Detroit Makerspace Grows After School STEM Program with $250,000 Google Grant

More students in Detroit Public Schools will be participating in after-school programs in science and engineering, thanks to a $250,000 grant from Google to the Michigan Engineering Zone, a makerspace project of the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

Google Expeditions Adds Augmented Reality for Classrooms

At Google I/O 2017 this week, Google revealed plans to bring augmented reality to its immersive education platform Google Expeditions. Expeditions AR will enable students to see 3D models of objects like volcanoes, DNA molecules and more up close in a virtual environment.

Turnitin Adds Lexile Measures to Revision Assistant

To add the Lexile measures, Turnitin partnered with Metametrics, a company that develops scientific measures of academic achievement.

Privacy Advocates Release Toolkit for Parents to Protect Student Data

The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood earlier this week released a free, online toolkit that offers guidance to parents on how to protect their children’s personal information.

Robotics Company Releases STEM-Teaching Kit

DFRobot, a robotics and open source hardware provider headquartered in Shanghai, China, recently released a kit to teach young inventors to think creatively.

Intelitek Introduces Coding Platform for Virtual and Real Robots

The new CoderZ online learning environment teaches students to code in a virtual environment and can also be configured with many physical robots, like the Lego Mindstorms Education EV3.

Ed Dept. Names Finalists for Virtual and Augmented Reality Competition

The ED has selected five finalists in the EdSim Challenge, a national competition that aims to advance students’ career and technical skills with immersive, computer-based simulations. Finalists will each receive $50,000 and continue to develop their prototypes for a chance to win the $430,000 grand prize.

Study: Preschoolers Learn Similarly for Digital and Print Books

Reading stories aloud to children has long been proven to boost early literacy skills, but less has been revealed about the impact of a story’s format on learning. Now, new research says that preschool-age children will comprehend a story in both digital and print formats if they enjoy the story’s content.

USC Rossier School of Education Forges Partnership to Drive K–12 Research

The University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education Monday unveiled a new partnership with Project Tomorrow that will support the nonprofit education organization’s research and help drive future innovation in K–12 schools.

GoFundMe Raises $33.8 Million for K–12 Teachers and Drops Major Donation to Education

To celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week this week (May 1-5), GoFundMe in partnership with Yoobi has launched a $100,000 national contest called “We Love Teachers." The global crowdfunding platform has also released a free, online guidebook specifically for K–12 teachers.

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