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Digital Learning Day is Feb. 23. Heres How to Celebrate

The annual Digital Learning Day, started in 2012, gives educators an opportunity to collaborate with peers, share ideas, try out new digital tools, celebrate education innovation and play a role in the transformation of their own schools and communities. Digital Learning Day 2017 is Thursday, Feb. 23.

Report: Students Accepted to College Still Unprepared for Higher Ed

The study examined 2014-2015 data from 911 schools in total, almost all of which accepted students who then required extra help before they were ready to tackle a "full load of college-level, credit-bearing courses."

Intel Withdraws Support for International Science and Engineering Fair

Intel will no longer serve as the title sponsor for the International Science and Engineering Fair, which draws participants from 70-plus countries. The Society for Science and the Public, a nonprofit that organizes the fair, is seeking a new title sponsor for the nearly 70-year-old global competition.

Phonics Lessons Available for Free Download

Primary Concepts, a provider of early education curricula, has released 81 free lessons on phonics concepts.

Blackboard and Chalk Partner to Provide Gradebook, Portfolio Tools

Education technology powerhouse Blackboard has announced a new partnership with Chalk.com, a company that provides productivity tools used by more than 200,000 teachers worldwide.

Allegheny PA Teachers Train to Use VR to Open World to Classrooms

Teachers in the Upper St. Clair School District in Allegheny County, PA, have been training with virtual reality (VR) tools this month, so they can eventually bring the world to their classrooms.

Autopsy for the Failure That Was inBloom

In the wake of inBloom, 400 pieces of state-level legislation around student data privacy have been introduced, and many have been adopted. More tellingly, the trend in data-fueled ed tech has since been toward piecemeal adoption of closed, proprietary systems instead of a multi-state, open source platform.

Ivy League Students Give Advice to High School Kids on YouTube Channel

A new video series features Ivy League students talking to America’s best and brightest high school students to give them a realistic idea of what lies ahead. The interviews can be found on the National Leadership Academies’ YouTube channel.

Bloomz App Introduces New Features for Childcare Centers

The parenting mobile app Bloomz is introducing today a set of features tailored to childcare centers, including check-in/check-out attendance and daily sheets to keep parents on top of their kids’ everyday activities. Bloomz is also partnering with the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to educate parents across the country on a variety of topics relevant to raising children.

Hobsons Acquires High School Counselor-College Admissions App

Ed tech company Hobsons recently acquired RepVisits, an application for connecting high school advisors with college admissions offices to arrange high school visits.

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