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SchoolPass has released its new VM+, combining visitor management, parent engagement, and attendance scheduling capabilities.
The KidWind Project will partner with Flinn Scientific for the third year in a row to offer K–12 students a chance to compete in the 2023 Simulation Challenge. Contestants will use Flinn Scientific’s WhiteBox Learning STEM to virtually construct and test wind turbines and wind farms. Registration and the competition are open now through March 1, with challenge completion due April 1.
At CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2023, computer technology company ASUS showcased its new BR1102 laptop geared for the needs and demands of K–12 students. The new laptop features military-grade durability: a compact, modular 11.6-inch design that fits into any backpack and can withstand drops, bumps and everyday wear and tear.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) said today that it's planning to buy out the assets and brand identity of NWEA, a not-for-profit organization that provides assessment and other solutions (including its flagship MAP Growth assessments). HMH is owned by private investment firm Veritas Capital.
Aver Information Inc. USA has announced the release of its CAM570 PTZ (pan/zoom/tilt) 4K dual-lens audio tracking camera, specifically geared for large meeting room and conferencing applications. The camera features three pairs of built-in sensors that detect human voices up to 10 meters away. The company showcased the camera at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2023.
Presence has released an update to Kanga, its comprehensive therapy platform designed for clinicians who serve children in schools and other settings.
Now through Jan. 30, K–12 school districts in rural areas (serving populations of 20,000 or less) are invited to apply for the USDA Distance Learning Grants program.
The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents recently named Daisy Torres as the recipient of its 2022 ALAS Scholarship, sponsored by Curriculum Associates, according to a news release.
Executive leadership appointments recently announced in the K–12 ed tech sector include Dawn Thomas at Specialized Education Services; Michael Jonas at GoGuardian; Jason Ediger at Newsela; Craig Robinson at Matriculate; Michael Woods at Council for Aid to Education; Jennifer Geisler and Matt Kane at Cypher Learning; Jonell Sanchez, Keith Look, Rebecca Busacca, Julie Murphy, Joe Green, and Eric Stoller at Territorium; Todd Provino at EverDriven; and Jen Newton at The Nora Project.
Instructure has acquired LearnPlatform, a company that provides real-time, evidence-based data on the effectiveness of education technologies chosen by universities and K–12 schools.