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NWEA Launches MAP Assessment iPad App

The Northwest Evaluation Association has launched a new iPad app, called MAP Testing, that is designed to let students use a touchscreen to take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and MAP for Primary Grades assessments.

Admissions Officers Increasingly Go Online To Research Applicants

Admissions officers were more likely to go online and research applicants for the 2014-2015 academic year than they were in the previous year. Nearly half (45 percent) reported that they performed applicant searches during the more recent admissions season compared to 36 percent during 2013-2014. Almost 7 in 10 (67 percent) hunted on Facebook and 4 in 10 searched on Twitter. Those are some of the results from an annual survey performed by an education technology company that sells a service to help students assess and manage their online presence.

Teachers Report: OER In; Textbooks Out

More teachers said that technology has changed how they approach time management (93 percent) than how they approach instructional delivery (88 percent). It has also transformed how they handle parent communication. A solid 7 in 10 reported that they now use tech to do that. Those results came out of a survey of nearly 1,000 American teachers who were contacted in January and February 2016 by TES Global, a company with a teacher community and marketplace.

Oak Hills Local SD Partners with Ohio State U on Digital Content Evaluation

SpotOn, an initiative of Ohio State University, has partnered with Oak Hills Local School District to offer professional development in the evaluation of digital content.

South San Antonio ISD Upgrades Broadband Network

South San Antonio Independent School District has upgraded to a private, fiber-optic broadband network to support data, video and voice services at the district's 16 schools and administrative facilities.

Laconia School District Upgrades to Fiber-Based Internet Service

Laconia School District in New Hampshire plans to implement high-speed, fiber-based Internet service to support its three elementary schools, middle school, high school and regional technical center.

Rhode Island HS Adds 3D Viewing System

A small network of public high schools in Rhode Island has added zSpace virtual reality technology to its student technology offerings.

New SAT Format Preferred by Most Students

This past Saturday students had a chance to take the new SAT exam, and a post-test survey revealed that most students preferred the new format, found the reading test easier than they expected and considered the test items reflective of what they were learning in school.

Apex Learning Unveils New Comprehensive Courses

Apex Learning has unveiled a new set of comprehensive courses ready to debut for the 2016-2017 school year.

Kickboard Debuts RTI System

Kickboard has added a new response-to-intervention feature to its school-wide behavior management system.

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