K-12 Technology News

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NYC Libraries to Offer 5,000 WiFi Hotspots to Students, Families

The New York Department of Education announced that the city has partnered with its three library systems, Google and Sprint to distribute 5,000 free WiFi hotspots to public school students and families without home Internet access.

U Michigan to Lead $5 Million Common Core Study

Researchers from the University of Michigan, Brown University and Stanford University have received a grant worth nearly $5 million from the Spencer Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation for the first phase of a five year study on the effects of the Common Core State Standards on teaching and learning.

California Districts Tap Private Partner to Meet Data Requirements

Six California school districts have selected a platform to help them aggregate and analyze data in their efforts to implement California's Local Control and Accountability Plan.

Nonprofit Awarded $3.9 Million to Develop Literacy Curricula, Tools

The United States Department of Education has awarded CommonLit, a technology nonprofit that delivers free literacy resources and progress tracking tools for students and teachers, to develop its software and content.

Digital Promise Network Encourages District Innovation

Nineteen more schools have joined Digital Promise's League of Innovative Schools.

Report: New England School Districts Embracing Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education may be reaching a tipping point in New England, where more than half of school districts are currently in the process of planning or implementing this approach to teaching and learning, according to a new report from CompetencyWorks, a project of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

AIR Research: Extensive Math PD Didn't Improve Student Outcomes

A recent study found that while content-focused professional development in math helped teachers improve their knowledge and the richness of their instruction, it did nothing for student achievement.

Google's G Suite For Education Offers 4 New Features

Google has changed the name of its popular service Google Apps for Education to G Suite for Education. With this change comes several new features that have been added to some of the apps included in G Suite. These features use “machine intelligence” to facilitate and add more functionalities to Google Apps.

Teachers, Parents, Students Want More Digital Learning Materials

A new report from Deloitte found that 90 percent of students use digital learning materials at home, while 88 percent of parents and 84 percent of teachers want more at-home digital content to supplement what is being taught in the classroom.

Curricula Provider Great Minds Suing FedEx Over OER

The curricula provider Great Minds is suing FedEx in New York City federal court, arguing that the delivery, printing and photocopying company should compensate the education organization for the money FedEx makes from requests from schools to copy materials that Great Minds created and makes available for free, on an open license only for noncommercial use.

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