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Project Lead the Way's California Conference Starts Monday

The sixth annual California Project Lead the Way Conference starts Monday in Riverside. About 1,400 students, educators and business professionals are expected to gather at the Riverside Convention Center through Wednesday to witness student inventions and designs, built to solve real-world problems.

Phishing Attacks Down 10 Percent in 2016

Infosec professionals are 10 percent less likely to report that their organization was the victim of a phishing attack in 2016 than in 2015, though that still means three-quarters of organizations were targeted and half of that same group said phishing attacks are on the rise, according to the latest State of the Phish report from Wombat Security Technologies.

Obama Administration and ED Won't Finalize Controversial Regulation in ESSA

The Obama Administration and the United States Education Department (ED) are dropping an effort to adopt a final regulation under the Every Student Succeeds Act that would have required that federal funds must “supplement and not supplant” state and local funds.

CommonLit Releases New Features that Offer Lessons on Literacy, Reading and History

CommonLit, a nonprofit that offers free, online instructional materials and tracking tools to support literacy development for students in grades 5 to 12, has released new features that further support its mission.

Literacy Curriculum Provider Launches iOS App

Learning Upgrade, a company that offers digital, differentiated literacy curriculum for English language learners (ELLs), has launched a new mobile app that includes more than 300 sequenced lessons.

Earth Networks Partners with WeatherSTEM to Produce Weather-Related STEM Curricula

Earth Networks, a Maryland-based weather data company, is partnering with WeatherSTEM to deliver to schools STEM curricula built around hyperlocal weather data.

Publisher Adds Augmented Reality to Children’s Books

Capstone, a publisher of children’s media, has launched a free mobile app that enhances its print books with augmented reality (AR).

Learningonline.xyz and Microsoft Collaborate to Build a Language Learning Bot

Microsoft’s Skype is collaborating with Eton Institute and partner company Learningonline.xyz in developing a bot that can teach users a new language.

More Than $4 Billion in E-Rate Funds Available for Districts in FY 2017

The Federal Communications Commission sets aside $3.9 billion annually for E-rate funding, and with $200 million rolling over from 2016, school districts will have access to more than $4 billion in fiscal year 2017 for connectivity upgrades.

ED Reveals Final Regulation on Open Licensing Requirement for Competitive Grant Programs

The United States Department of Education (ED) has announced final regulations tied to competitive grant programs and open licensing. When educational institutions apply for grants, they are required to share certain findings and resources publicly, with some exceptions, so other educators, students and institutions may benefit.

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