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Here you'll find the latest news from the education technology world, from the newest hardware and software releases to policy and funding updates to research reports to school and district tech initiatives. Looking for more in-depth coverage of important topics? Be sure to visit our Features page.


Mobile Safety Platform Adds Interoperability Function

Rave is updating its mobile safety platform to allow cross-communication across all school systems using the Rave Panic Button app.

Maryland Security Audit Finds Vulnerabilities in Massive Amounts of Student and Teacher Data

An audit of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) by the state found a "number of deficiencies" with the agency's securing of data in its control that put massive amounts of student and teacher data at risk.

Board Poised to Revoke Indiana Virtual Charters by End of September

The Indiana school district that authorized charters for two wayward virtual schools have begun the process of revoking those charters. Daleville Community Schools took the action during a special session tonight.

PA District Supports Elementary AR/VR Program with 60 iPads

A Pennsylvania school district is ramping up its device and software inventory. The school board for West Jefferson Hills School District recently approved numerous technology acquisitions, including the lease of Chromebooks and purchase of iPads.

Indiana Virtual Schools Close Prematurely

The Indiana virtual schools facing closure within months appear to have closed immediately. Parents reaching out to the charters, Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy, are running into dead ends. The phone number posted on both schools' websites leads to voice mailboxes that are full and no longer accepting messages.

Privacy Advocates Battle Florida Plans for School Safety Database

Opponents of database say students with disabilities and those who are victims of bullying will be tracked indefinitely as potential threats to safety. The database goes live in Florida Aug. 1.

Apple Management Tool Adds Ad Hoc Classroom

Jamf Teacher has added an ad hoc classroom function that will allow students in "close proximity" to the teacher to get a notification inviting them to join, without the need for the IT organization to intervene in setting up the managed classroom.

Parents: Greater Grasp of Job Options Can Reduce Student Debt

A new study found that more than nine in 10 parents (92 percent) agreed that giving high school students more exposure to future career opportunities and experiences before they entered college would help alleviate student debt. A similar number (91 percent) said another way to alleviate student debt would be by giving students more opportunities to earn college credits before graduating.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of July 22, 2019)

Upcoming funding opportunities for schools

Ozobot Classroom Aims to Make STEAM Learning Measurable

Ozobot is launching what it’s calling the first “STEAM learning management system,” Ozobot Classroom.

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