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Report: Virtual Schools Expand in U.S. Despite Poor Performance

Virtual schools have expanded and proliferated in the United States, despite poor performance, lack of research support and inadequate policies, according to a report released this week by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC).

Versal Releases Version 3.0

Versal, a San Francisco-based learning platform for companies and educators, has just released Versal 3.0. It’s designed to encourage the sharing of knowledge in new and creative ways and engage learners on different levels.

CA's Fallbrook Union Elementary SD Launches Partnership with Discovery Education

California’s Fallbrook Union Elementary School District has entered into a new partnership with Discovery Education, a provider of digital content and professional development for K–12 classrooms.

Learning Center to Help Close Digital Divide in Chicago

A new, technology-infused learning center from Rasmussen College will offer broadband connectivity, computer workstations and academic coaching to high school students at Chicago Public Schools, college students and local community members.

Grant Spotlight: $5,000–$25,000 Social & Emotional Learning Grants for Teachers and Schools

The NoVo Foundation, Education First, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors are awarding grants to individual teachers and school systems for "teacher-led projects that foster social-emotional skills in students in grades PK-12." Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to individual teachers, and grants of $25,000 will be made available to districts and charters. The deadline is only 10 days away.

StudySync Debuts New Podcast Featuring Student Perspectives

StudySync, a blended English language arts (ELA) and English language development (ELD) program for grades 6 to 12, is debuting a new audio podcast feature aimed to capture student perspectives on contemporary learning.

Grant Spotlight: inspirED School Climate Assessment Grant

inspirED, an organization created through a joint effort between Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence and Facebook, is offering multiple grants of up to $15,000 per district or up to $2,500 per school to promote social and emotional learning and to improve school climate.

Report: Worldwide IT Spending Forecast to Grow 1.4% in 2017

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.5 trillion in 2017, a 1.4 percent increase from 2016, according to market research firm Gartner, Inc. This growth rate is down from the previous quarter’s forecast of 2.7 percent, due in part to the rising United States dollar.

Adobe Releases Latest Versions of Captivate and Captivate Prime

Adobe has released the latest versions of its e-learning authoring tool, Adobe Captivate, and its learning management system (LMS), Adobe Captivate Prime. The two are designed to be used in conjunction as end-to-end solutions, or as standalone offerings, and are aimed toward specialists in learning and development, training and corporate HR departments.

STEM Camps for 8-12 Graders Offered at Rice University

Rice University’s Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity will offer summer camps for middle and high school students aimed at increasing their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as future careers. The camps are targeting underrepresented populations in STEM fields.

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