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IDC Predicts Increase in Internet of Things Spending in 2018

Worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) will jump up 14.6 percent in 2018, reaching $772.5 billion, according to the latest report from International Data Corp.

NSTA Unveils Science Lab Makeover Competition

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has partnered with Shell to launch the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge, which will award up to $435,000 in prizes.

Early Test Scores Do Not Future Predict Academic Growth; School Quality Matters More

Though test scores correlate with high poverty, districts with many economically disadvantaged students often experience growth rates that outpace wealthier districts, according to new research out of Stanford.

The Problems with FERPA and COPPA in 21st Century Learning

Both of these pieces of legislation address children and their personal information. But it has taken until this year for the FTC and the Department of Education to get together in a public forum to discuss how these regulations intersect and whether they need to be updated.

Trends: Phablets to Dominate Smartphone Market

Phablets will overtake sales of regular smartphones by 2019 and will climb from 611 million shipments this year to 1 billion in 2021, according to a new forecast.

$500,000 Grand Challenge Wants Tech Innovations in Deaf Literacy

Of an estimated 32 million children around the world who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind, four in five lack access to education, and just 2 percent get instruction in sign language. Because early exposure to sign language builds a stronger language foundation, those without it are affected in education, employment and social interaction.

Virtual and Augmented Reality to Nearly Double Each Year Through 2021

Spending on augmented and virtual reality will nearly double in 2018, according to a new forecast, growing from $9.1 billion in 2017 to $17.8 billion next year.

Audible to Give 15,000 Newark Students Fire Tablets

The students and teachers will receive 7-inch, 8 GB tablets with headphones and a free bundle of more than 150 recommended audiobook titles chosen by Newark educators and Audible employees.

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