K-12 Technology News

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Project Aims to Dispel 'Misguided Notions and Outdated Assumptions' about College Readiness

Policymakers and education leaders are often working with "misguided" ideas about student success and college readiness, and researchers at the University of Chicago are looking to do something about that.

Chicago Tech Academy Launches Second Annual Real World Learning Program

Chicago Tech Academy (ChiTech), a nonprofit charter high school in the University Village neighborhood of Chicago and the only entire-school, project-based learning high school in the city, has launched its second annual corporate immersion program in partnership with Chicago’s technology community. In the Real World Learning Program, ChiTech gives all its senior class the opportunity to spend an entire month of their final school year to obtain real workplace experience as paid interns at local organizations in Chicago.

NGSS Gets OER PD for Making Science Accessible

As teachers develop new, three-dimensional formative assessments aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a new collaborative process is producing open educational resources (OER) to help them reach every student.

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