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Homework Gap Grant to Provide Mobile Hotspot Kits and LTE Service

Kajeet has launched its second-annual Homework Gap Grant program, which provides mobile hotspots to schools to distribute to students who may not have internet access at home.

Gates 'Effective Teaching' Initiative Delivers Few Benefits in Face of Failures

A mammoth report by RAND and the American Institutes for Research laid out in excruciating detail the mix of outcomes for the "Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching" initiative, designed and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of July 23, 2018)

One week left to apply for American Honda Foundation STEM grants!

Grand Challenge Funds Sign Language Tech

A global prize competition called Sign On For Literacy has awarded five innovators seed funding to develop technology-based solutions that increase access to sign language and improve literacy outcomes among deaf children in "low resource" settings.

Report: How to Scale America's Apprenticeships 20-Fold

A new report proposes the creation of a national network of "apprenticeship institutes" in every state. These centers would act as hubs for employers, workers, high schools, community colleges and unions.

Accessibility in Digital Learning Increasingly Complex

The Online Learning Consortium has introduced a series of original reports to keep people in education up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of digital learning. The first report covers accessibility and addresses both K-12 and higher education. The series is being produced by O.L.C.'s Research Center for Digital Learning & Leadership.

District Funds Energy Conservation Program through Savings

A school district in Oklahoma has just kicked off a project to save $2.5 million in energy costs over five years by applying technology and behavior-based conservation programs.

Schools Face Civil Liberties Battles in Effort to Adopt Facial Recognition

As schools around the country attempt to deploy new facial recognition functionality as part of their video surveillance systems, the ACLU is challenging those efforts in the name of protecting civil rights. And they're not alone in their concerns about the controversial student surveillance tactic.

AdvancED and Measured Progress Merging

Two education non-profits are merging. AdvancED and Measured Progress made the announcement late last month, adding that they expect their combined work to affect 28 million students worldwide.

Digital Equity Toolkit Spotlights Tactics to Bridge the Homework Gap

The "homework gap" hasn't gone away. According to the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the lack of access to the internet at home continues to put a sizable number of students at a "significant disadvantage."

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