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Student Curiosity Offered as Key Spice in Latest Reform Recipe

Educators have taken on standards, accountability plans and any number of reform measures in an effort to improve learning outcomes. Could the answer be as simple as sparking curiosity in students? That's the proposal offered in a whitepaper recently issued by McRel International, a nonprofit organization that works with school systems to improve student learning.

Florida Virtual School Taps Private Partner for Adaptive Learning

Florida Virtual School is teaming with a private partner to provide personalized learning for its students.

Wireless Sensors Now Available for Science Classroom Experiments

Pasco Scientific has introduced what the company says is the first line of wireless sensors that can be used by students in classroom experiments and connect to almost any technology platform.

New York State Issues Recommendations To Support Blended and Online Learning

Online and blended learning programs can increase course options for students in rural areas and have the potential to transform face-to-face instruction, as long as state-level supports are in place, including professional development opportunities for teachers and related training for pre-service teachers, according to a new report from the New York State Online Learning Advisory Council.

100 Free Plug-and-Play 3D Printers Will Go to Schools

New Matter will give away 300 3D printers to schools over the next three months in conjunction with the widespread release of its plug-and-play 3D printing systems.

Lego Debuts Robotics Learning System

Lego Education has launched Lego Education WeDo 2.0, a robot-based learning system for elementary school STEM classrooms.

Klaxoon Debuts Cross-Device Learning Platform

Klaxoon, a new interactive training solutions development company, has launched its cross-device learning platform that is designed to support customized online, interactive learning activities on any smartphone, tablet or laptop without installing software on the client device.

ED's Top Tech Director Steps Down To Head Home

Where do you go after you leave a high-profile position in the Obama administration? Back home. That's where United States Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan headed at the end of the year when he returned to Chicago. And now, so is Richard Culatta, who is stepping down as director of the Office of Educational Technology within the same federal agency.

Upstate NY District Invests $3.1 Million in New Technology

The Mahopac Central School District will take advantage of the New York State Smart Schools Bond Act to boost Internet access and buy Chromebooks.

New UNESCO Database Tracks Student Assessments Around the World

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics has developed a public learning assessments database and a catalog of learning assessments to provide policymakers and education leaders with specific kinds of information about how different countries measure learning, what data they gather through assessments and how they use the data.

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