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Here you'll find the latest news from the education technology world, from the newest hardware and software releases to policy and funding updates to research reports to school and district tech initiatives. Looking for more in-depth coverage of important topics? Be sure to visit our Features page.


Most States Pay Too Little Attention to Educator Readiness to Teach Reading

A new brief from the National Council on Teacher Quality found that a large majority of states haven't taken steps to make sure their teachers have sufficient knowledge to teach reading. According to the organization, just 11 states require licensing tests for both elementary and special education teachers to measure their knowledge of reading instruction.

Parents and Teachers Agree on Value of Data Use for Education

While most teachers found that data helps them identify learning goals (87 percent), slightly more than half (52 percent) said their biggest obstacle was a lack the time to use data effectively.

Gender Gap among Math High Achievers Evident by Grade 9, Just Gets Wider

A new study found that girls made up an ever-declining share of the top achievers in a math competition with every passing year of high school.

Equity Problems with Technology Persist Despite Adoption Gains

More teachers are requiring students to use assigned devices in their classrooms, but a new report finds inconsistencies with technology adoption in class and at home.

Finding What Works in Educational Innovation

Researchers have identified four conditions that motivate teachers to move forward with technology-driven changes to instructional practices. Top-down coercion isn't one of them.

ISTE and LEAP Deliver Online Course in Personalized Learning

Starting next week, a new course on personalized learning will officially kick off on the new ISTE U professional learning website. ISTE U is a global education initiative from the International Society for Technology in Education.

littleBits Launches STEAM Invention Kits

littleBits, the company that introduced sets of electronic building blocks for use in classrooms to help students learn how technology works, has launched three new STEAM kits for ages 8-plus to inspire them to invent.

KinderLab Launches Curriculum Guide for Self-Directed Robotics Activities

KinderLab Robotics, maker of the KIBO robotics kit, has released a curriculum guide that provides lesson plans for student self-directed activities that can take place in a makerspace or other school activity center.

Closing Digital Divide Requires Focused PD to Support Teachers

Initial results are in for Digital Promise's Dynamic Learning Project, a program to see what impact there would be on closing the "digital divide" by placing technology coaches into 50 high-need schools in 20 districts and five states. The results so far look "promising," according to Karen Cator, who leads Digital Promise.

Organizations Hard Put to Keep Pace with SDN, Networking Trends

A new study that organizations across sectors, including education, are struggling to keep pace with new developments in the networking industry.

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