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Report: Games and Online Video Gain Traction in Education

Nearly half of all teachers — 48 percent — are using games in their instruction now, according to a new Speak Up research report released by Project Tomorrow. That’s more than double the percentage from five years ago.

Pennsylvania School Districts Implement Single Comprehensive Student Platform

The partnership merges the student technology from ProgressBook and the instructional support of IU29.

Parents, Teachers, Students Split on Overtesting

Parents, students and teachers have radically different views on the value of time spent on tests. According to a new poll conducted by Gallup on behalf of the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), while 83 percent of teachers surveyed said they think students spend too much time on tests, 75 percent of students and 52 percent of parents said they think students spend the right amount of time or not enough time on them.

Gale Offers Science Curriculum-Aligned, Digital Resource with 3D Capabilities

The company’s new product allows instructors to incorporate digital and 3D content into the classroom that is mapped to national science curriculum.

Blackboard Web Community Schools Get TeacherLists Integration

In time for the 2016-2017 school year Blackboard's K-12 web content management system will now include the ability to post school supply lists from TeacherLists.

Campus Safety: Crime and Bullying Plummet as Incarcerations of Youth Drop in Half

Reports of bullying in American schools have dropped nearly in half from the turn of the century. Overall, violent victimizations were down even more substantially — 82 percent from 1992 to 2014, according to a report released today by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Alvin ISD Adopts Cloud-Based ERP

Alvin Independent School District in Texas has implemented a new enterprise resource planning system in an effort to streamline administrative processes.

U Denver To Launch STEM Professional Development for Teachers

The University of Denver's Center for Professional Development will partner with the Denver-based Silicon STEM Academy to offer "STEM for Grown-Ups," a new curriculum of interactive courses involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that teachers and others can take for continuing education unit credit.

California Virtual Parks Program Adds Tablet Viewing

An elementary school in Southern California will be the first to experience an online state park program that uses a tablet-outfitted mobile studio.

PresenceLearning Redesigns and Re-releases Lightyear Tool

PresenceLearning, a provider of live, online therapy services, has released Lightyear, a newly re-designed therapy program that offers high fidelity and live health sessions while reportedly putting less demand on school network bandwidth. The program is designed so that more schools — particularly schools in areas with limited access to high-speed Internet — can gain access to PresenceLearning’s extensive network of clinicians to assist students with special needs.

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