K-12 Technology News

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Schoology LMS Enhances Google Drive Integration

Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, educators using its learning management system will be able to use Google Drive more easily within the LMS to manage grades, assignments and student submissions.

Shmoop Releases Suite of NGSS-Aligned Online Science Courses

Shmoop, a digital publisher known for its test prep and certified online course, is now offering a full suite of NGSS-aligned online science courses. They cover all the core high school subjects — biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and physical science.

Scorecard: Onerous State Regs Inhibit Public Charter School Growth

Currently, the country has 7,000 charter schools, serving about 6 percent of the total number of students in public education.

Computing Devices to Remain Stagnant as Traditional PCs Slide Ever Downward

Worldwide, enthusiasm for new computing devices seems to be tapering off. According to a new repor, overall device shipments will remain flat in 2017, even as traditional PCs (including laptops) go into a decline that's forecast to last at least through 2019.

April 13 is Deadline to Seek Competitive Bids for E-Rate Discounts

Thursday, April 13 is the deadline to seek competitive bids for products and services and receive E-rate discounts. Schools and libraries requesting E-rate discounts must seek competitive bids using FCC Form 470, as required by Federal Communications Commission rules.

Nitro Introduces Student Loan Affordability Calculator

While FAFSA’s IRS Data Retrieval Tool — used by millions of students each year to apply for federal financial aid — is temporarily out of commission, another online tool could be of use for students and parents planning their finances for college. A no-cost calculator from Nitro taps into actual college cost data to inform students of their ability to repay student loans.

ISTE Board of Directors Selects Richard Culatta as CEO

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) board of directors has named Richard Culatta as its chief executive officer. Culatta is the former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the United States Department of Education and currently serves as chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island.

Students Challenged to Test Computer Security Skills

Middle and high schoolers have a chance to get some hands-on experience in hacking, decrypting and reverse engineering a network in a competition running through April 14 hosted by Carnegie Mellon.

$10K Challenge Seeks CTE Skills-Gap Solutions

A company with a cloud-based application that connects students to prospective employers is sponsoring a challenge to generate new ideas for better connecting school outcomes to work. The top winner will be able to claim a prize of at least $5,000 and possibly more.

CloudReady Extends Life of PCs to Run Office 365 Education Edition

CloudReady, which Neverware developed in partnership with Microsoft, is intended to help districts run newer software and services on older machines, thereby extending their usage lives

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