K-12 Technology News

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Bandwidth Optimization Leading Reason for Software-Defined WAN Adoption

An IDC survey found that bandwidth optimization (36 percent), consistent application security (31 percent), integration with existing WANs (28 percent) and improved automation and self-provisioning (28 percent) were the most common reasons enterprises are considering SD-WAN adoptions.

Newington Public Schools Outfits Bus as Mobile Tech Lab

Newington Public Schools has outfitted a bus to turn it into a mobile technology lab ready to host lessons in basic computing applications, robotics and 3D printing.

Research: Preschool Teachers Are Uncomfortable with Science, Teach It Rarely

Preschool teachers in the United States are not as comfortable with science as they are literacy, according to researchers at Michigan State University.

Curriki Launches Real-Time Math Assessments for Students in Grades 8-12

Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the quizzes are designed for students in grades 8-12 and allow users to see instantly which problems they've answered incorrectly to help them understand what concepts they may need to spend more time with.

NSTA, Northrop Grumman Launch Third Round of Teacher STEM Academy

Administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the academy is designed to help improve the confidence of teachers with students in grades 5-8 as they science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics.

White House Memo on STEM Ed Followed Up by Corporate Commitments

Finally, something the current White House and its previous residents can agree on: the need to invest in STEM education. President Trump this week issued a memo to Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, encouraging her to divert $200 million from her agency's annual budget to grant programs that support "high-quality science, technology, engineering and math education."

Epson Launches New Ultra-Short-Throw for Use with Smart Boards

The Powerlite 685W Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Display for SMART offers integration with the SMART Extended Control Panel and a 1,280 x 800 image resolution. Users can wirelessly share content between the big screen and individual devices, and up to four students can simultaneously share content from Chrome, Windows, macOS, iOS and Android devices with Epson's iProjection tool.

Report: Spending on AI and Cognitive Systems to Grow 50 Percent Yearly Through 2021

Expert shopping advisors and product recommendations will be the use case to see the fastest growth throughout the period, at 96.6 percent CAGR, with public safety and emergency response close behind at 96.2 percent and intelligent processing automation holding the third spot at 69.2 percent CAGR.

TechSmith Updates Camtasia with 2 New Apps

The newest version, Camtasia 9.1 for Windows and 3.1 for Mac, adds a screen recording app for iOS 11 and an app, also for iOS 11, that allows users to put overlay effects on specified parts of a static image.

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