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Extra Comp Sci Lessons Associated with Higher Assessment Scores

Students who did extra computer science activities in transdisciplinary modules scored higher on reading comprehension exams, as well as Florida standardized tests in science and English and language arts (ELA), according to preliminary results from a new study.

Digital Promise Launches Student Immersive Video Project with UN and Oculus

Digital Promise announced a partnership with the United Nations SDG Action Campaign and Oculus to launch the MY World 360° project. The new goal: to support youth worldwide in creating immersive media that shares their perspectives on how to advance the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Study Finds Bump in Math Scores at For-Profit Charter

University of Michigan researchers saw a pick-up in math scores and no measurable impact in other academic areas. More tellingly, the potential benefits for charters on boosting student progress reaches beyond what has previously been suggested in research.

Achieve Gives Guidance to States on Developing Well Rounded Science Assessments

As states sort out their science standards — many adopting the Next Generation Science Standards and even more going at the work on their own — all of them are expected to adhere to "high-quality" summative science assessments that meet federal requirements spelled out in Title 1 Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of April 16, 2018)

Young Scientist Challenge deadline is April 19!

Law Aims to Sort Out Credit Transfer

A new Virginia law is intended to improve the credit students get for taking college classes while in high school and to make sure those credits stick when they enter four-year institutions.

A Warning Call to K–12: NEPC Turns Off Facebook Account

As Mark Zuckerberg faces Congress this week, the National Education Policy Center has deleted its Facebook account in order to break ties with an organization that has become known for its "invasive data mining and the third-party targeting of users...."

Adobe Releases Spark Free for Education

Adobe has made its digital storytelling tool, Spark, free for schools, colleges and universities. The free edition includes premium features and previously ran $120 per year for a subscription.

Panopto Adds NewTek NDI Support

Panopto has added support for the NewTek NDI standard to its lecture capture system. This allows Panopto's software to be used in conjunction with NDI-enabled devices, including IP-based cameras.

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