K-12 Technology News

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AIR Research: Extensive Math PD Didn't Improve Student Outcomes

A recent study found that while content-focused professional development in math helped teachers improve their knowledge and the richness of their instruction, it did nothing for student achievement.

Google's G Suite For Education Offers 4 New Features

Google has changed the name of its popular service Google Apps for Education to G Suite for Education. With this change comes several new features that have been added to some of the apps included in G Suite. These features use “machine intelligence” to facilitate and add more functionalities to Google Apps.

Teachers, Parents, Students Want More Digital Learning Materials

A new report from Deloitte found that 90 percent of students use digital learning materials at home, while 88 percent of parents and 84 percent of teachers want more at-home digital content to supplement what is being taught in the classroom.

Curricula Provider Great Minds Suing FedEx Over OER

The curricula provider Great Minds is suing FedEx in New York City federal court, arguing that the delivery, printing and photocopying company should compensate the education organization for the money FedEx makes from requests from schools to copy materials that Great Minds created and makes available for free, on an open license only for noncommercial use.

MoodleCloud Expands BigBlueButton Web Conferencing Options

MoodleCloud, a hosted service for the open source Moodle LMS, is giving schools the ability to purchase more user licenses of BigBlueButton as an add-on to the service.

Nonprofit Surveys Student Privacy Laws for All 50 States

The Center for Democracy & Technology, with help from law firm BakerHostetler, released a state-by-state survey of student privacy laws in the United States.

Virtual Event Offers Educators Strategies for Integrating Digital Media

The Discovery Education Community is inviting teachers and administrators around the world to participate in the 2016 Fall VirtCon.

Firth School District Switches to Web Based SIS

Firth School District 59 in Idaho has implemented a new student information system with the goal of improving data integrity and reducing maintenance.

Google Integrates Fed’s College Scorecard Data

Google Search results now feature data from the United States Department of Education’s College Scorecard, making it easier for students to compare information.

Georgia School District Outfits Bus Fleet with Wi-Fi

Liberty County School District is the first school district in the state to provide students with free Internet access through high-tech mobile Wi-Fi units powered by Kajeet.

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