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Sketch Kit Brings Visual Arts to Robotics

Wonder Workshop has launched Sketch Kit, a new visual arts system for its Dash and Cue robots designed to link programming with drawing.

Common Sense Pushes FTC to Make New Rules on Use of Minors' Data

Common Sense Media has filed a request with the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the impact of the Facebook data mishandling specifically on teenagers.

Study Exposes Teacher Rift on Digital Device Usage in Schools

American teachers tend to see student use of digital devices as being slightly more positive than negative. However, they also believe smartphones, tablets and computers are having a bad influence on the physical and mental health of students too.

SETDA Revamps Help for States Adopting Digital Curriculum

SETDA has updated its free tool for helping schools implement digital curriculum. The latest updates to the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) are intended to clarify state policies and practices.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of April 23, 2018)

The application period for ESA Foundation STEM Grants is now open!

Report: 7 in 10 Attempted Data Breaches on Education Are Financially Motivated

One in five attacks on educational institution were motivated by espionage, often targeting sensitive research, and 11 percent of attacks are "just for fun," according to the report.

Casio Launches Free Public Beta of All-in-One Math Tool

Casio today formally unveiled ClassPad.net, a browser-based math tool built on Casio's Computer Algebra System (CAS), ClassPad, that offers a range of features, from arithmetic equations to graphing to statistical calculations, using Casio's "Natural Display technology for input and output of mathematical expressions." It is open now as a free public beta.

Personalized Texting to Parents Can Bump Reading Skills in Their Kindergartners

According to researchers: "Overall, differentiating and personalizing text message interventions based on formative assessment has the promise to produce additional education gains with relatively little additional costs."

Report: It's Time for Ed Tech to Tackle the Adult Learner

Adult learners face a diversity of circumstances, so educators face an uphill battle in being able to personalize learning experiences in ways that could help their students. But technology could play a role.

Extra Comp Sci Lessons Associated with Higher Assessment Scores

Students who did extra computer science activities in transdisciplinary modules scored higher on reading comprehension exams, as well as Florida standardized tests in science and English and language arts (ELA), according to preliminary results from a new study.

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