K-12 Technology News
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D2L is rolling out a number of enhancements to its flagship learning management system.
A new website developed at Johns Hopkins University aims to provide insights into K–12 reading and math programs. The website gives up-to-date information to help education leaders better understand how these programs compare under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
- By Dian Schaffhauser
MusicFirst has teamed up with Soundtrap, an online music studio that allows users to record songs and podcasts, to offer a cross-platform music creation within its portfolio, the MusicFirst Online Classroom.
Through a new alliance, the companies will provide end-to-end design, development, delivery and reporting services for Scantron users, enabling them to create better assessments in less time.
A division of School Specialty has partnered with Listenwise, a listening skills company that harnesses the powering of listening to advance literacy for all students, including English language learners and those with learning disabilities.
Applications for the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation's Academic Enrichment Grants are now being accepted, and the deadline is just a month away. The foundation provides grants of $10,000 per year for up to three years ($30,000 total) for educators who have workable ideas for improving student learning, either by supplementing classroom curriculum or by engaging students in after-school activities.
An application management and reporting platform from CatchOn uses data analytics to assist district administrators and educators in tracking technology investments. Several districts have piloted the tool, which debuted at the SXSWedu conference.
Oculus last week released some updates to its mobile virtual reality (VR) platform, including more ways to virtually connect with friends on Facebook, as well as few functionality and features for the Samsung Gear VR headset.
A hefty study commissioned by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and written by researchers at Mathematica has examined the impact of School Improvement Grants (SIGs) and found that implementing a SIG-funded model "had no impact on math or reading test scores, high school graduation or college enrollment."
- By Dian Schaffhauser