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Maryland Public Libraries Launches Virtual Makerspace

Maryland’s network of public libraries is working with Workbench to expand its maker communities online, in an effort to increase access to making tools for millions of people across the state.

Deadline Looms for 'Intent to Apply' Letters for Millions in Federal Grants

The deadline for two major federal grants is upon us. The "intent to apply" letter for the $15 million Magnet Schools Assistance Program Competition grant program is today, Jan. 9.

AvatarMind Unveils Companion Robot at CES 2017

The China-based company last week unveiled its companion robot, iPal, designed as an educational friend for children aged 3-8.

Lego Boost Teaches Kids to Program Robots

Lego has unveiled a new robotics system that teaches kids computer science skills at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Report: Wearable Devices Expected to Become Mainstream in Education in Next 4-5 Years

Virtual reality and robotics will become widely adopted in education in the next two to three years, and wearable devices are expected to become mainstream in the education space over the next four to five years, according to a recent report published by the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking.

LivingTree Expands User Base Through Acquisition of Parent Communication Tool

The private community engagement network for p–K-12 family engagement has gained hundreds of thousands of new users and expanded its leadership team through its recent acquisition of Class Messenger.

Facebook Donating 500 Virtual Reality Kits to Arkansas Schools

Facebook is donating 500 virtual reality kits to Arkansas schools under a first-of-its-kind partnership between the social media company and the state, according to the Associated Press.

Report: Smartphone Shipments to Rebound After 3-Year Low

Consumer smartphone sales will rebound this year after hitting a three-year low in 2016, according to a new survey from Accenture.

Librarians Say Information Literacy Is Important, They Don't Have the Tools to Teach It

Nearly all librarians (97 percent) say information literacy contributes to workforce success and more than four in five (83 percent) say it affects college graduation rates, and yet 44 percent said their library does not support information literacy as much as it should, according to a new survey from ProQuest.

Lenovo Showcases Affordable VR Headset at CES 2017

Lenovo is showcasing the prototype for its own self-contained VR headset this week at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

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