Facebook last week at its F8 developer conference unveiled a program that aims to connect developers around the world and foster collaboration in computer science.
Curriki, an online platform of K–12 open educational resources (OER) used by 13 million users worldwide, wants to expands its collection of 629 free educational resources in Spanish and has opened a call for Spanish-language teaching materials.
The upcoming app features characters from Sesame Street and leverages IBM Watson’s natural language processing and other cognitive technologies to help young children learn to spell and improve their literacy skills.
The resources are available through Google’s Be Internet Awesome project, which was evaluated by the International Society for Technology (ISTE) and received the Seal of Alignment for Readiness for its pedagogical value.
Florida private schools participating in either the Florida Tax Credit or the Gardiner Scholarship Program can now use a math and reading assessment system from Curriculum Associates to meet program requirements.
Discovery Education Monday revealed it has introduced several new digital assets and more are coming soon to the company’s Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Techbook offerings. The digital solutions will feature more interactive, 360-degree experiences and other dynamic content.
While schools around the country are banning fidget spinners, an app version by gaming company Ketchapp has passed 7 million downloads.
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union recently examined the privacy policies in place at 22 school districts that offer laptops for home use during the school year. All 22 districts revealed that their policies require parents to acknowledge that there is no expectation of privacy when a school issues a device to a student.
Ed tech company Hobsons has introduced new functionality into Naviance, a K-12 college and career "readiness" program that helps counselors match up student strengths and interests with their post-secondary goals. "Intersect," as the new feature is named, allows college admissions offices to publish information about their institutions to the high school users of Naviance and connect through a new "counselor community."
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Education technology company Vernier Software & Technology will once again offer its Summer Institute workshops, with 13 full-day training workshops scheduled for this summer.