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Nitro Introduces Student Loan Affordability Calculator

While FAFSA’s IRS Data Retrieval Tool — used by millions of students each year to apply for federal financial aid — is temporarily out of commission, another online tool could be of use for students and parents planning their finances for college. A no-cost calculator from Nitro taps into actual college cost data to inform students of their ability to repay student loans.

ISTE Board of Directors Selects Richard Culatta as CEO

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) board of directors has named Richard Culatta as its chief executive officer. Culatta is the former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the United States Department of Education and currently serves as chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island.

$10K Challenge Seeks CTE Skills-Gap Solutions

A company with a cloud-based application that connects students to prospective employers is sponsoring a challenge to generate new ideas for better connecting school outcomes to work. The top winner will be able to claim a prize of at least $5,000 and possibly more.

Students Challenged to Test Computer Security Skills

Middle and high schoolers have a chance to get some hands-on experience in hacking, decrypting and reverse engineering a network in a competition running through April 14 hosted by Carnegie Mellon.

CloudReady Extends Life of PCs to Run Office 365 Education Edition

CloudReady, which Neverware developed in partnership with Microsoft, is intended to help districts run newer software and services on older machines, thereby extending their usage lives

3 Keys to Introducing Virtual Reality in E-Learning Courses

Virtual reality (VR) has found its way into the educational space, and by all indications, it’s here to stay. Since VR glasses can be obtained for as low as $10 apiece, cost is becoming less of an issue. Here are three guidelines toward introducing VR in e-learning courses.

Panorama Ed Social-Emotional Learning Platform Adds Student Reports

An online platform from Panorama Education that offers SEL assessments and data analytics to schools and districts has added a report feature that gives actionable information and insights for each student.

Finland's Phenomenon-Based Learning Subject of Motivis Learning Award Recipient

The average school day in Finland lasts five hours, and the average school year lasts 640 hours compared to 900 to 1,000 hours in the United States. Yet the country's students consistently outperform many other countries in PISA rankings, including the United States.

Casio Adds High-Res, Touchscreen LCD Display Graphic Calculator to PRIZM Lineup

Math teachers and others who are attending the National Council of Supervisors in Mathematics (NCSM) annual conference April 3-5 or the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual conference April 5-8 can see Casio's new fx-CG500 graphic calculator in action.

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