K-12 Technology News

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Class Communication Tool Adds Payment Feature for Field Trips, Dues

A web-based communication service for people in a school community has added a feature that allows for online payments. SimplyCircle, from a company with the same name, lets teachers and parents communicate with each other for class, PTA and school activities.

Online Public School Founder Admits $8 Million in Tax Fraud

The founder and former CEO of an online public school that educates thousands of Pennsylvania students pleaded guilty this week to federal tax fraud, recognizing that he siphoned more than $8 million from the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School through for-profit and nonprofit companies he controlled.

Future Farmers Get Online Career Guidance

A national organization that works with the future farmers of America has teamed up with Discovery Education to launch a website to help students learn more about careers in agriculture.

High School Students Receive Free Access to Developer Tools

Embarcadero Technologies has opened up its software development tools to publicly funded higher ed institutions and high schools.

Feds Say Virtual Schools Need to Follow Special Ed Rules

Even when the education is delivered online, schools and districts ought to adhere to the needs of children with disabilities. That was the message recently delivered in a "Dear Colleague" letter issued to virtual schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Schools Receive National Privacy Designation

The Consortium for School Networking issued a new seal to seven schools for their commitment to the privacy and security of student data.

Turnitin Releases New, Free Teaching Resources

Turnitin’s back-to-school program, “Rethink Feedback,” features new, free resources and tools this fall. The new elements are designed to help K–12 teachers and higher ed instructors teach proper methods of attribution, improve student writing skills and avoid plagiarism.

Follett Destiny Expands Chromebook Integration, Adds SAML and LTI Support

Follett has updated its flagship library management system. The latest release of Destiny includes a revamped interface; simpler access to digital resources, including open educational resources; and new kinds of integration with some Google Chromebook models.

Tustin Unified School District Embraces Wearable Tech in Classroom

Tustin Unified School District in Orange County, CA has been experimenting with virtual reality, and the district’s senior director of technology is considering using fitness trackers and other wearable devices for future learning.

McGraw-Hill Updates Wonders ELA Suite

McGraw-Hill Education has redesigned and expanded its Wonders suite of English language arts programs for the 2016-2017 school year.

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