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New Bluetooth Spec Delivers Longer Range, Faster Speed

Next year's wireless headphones, fitness trackers, glucose monitors and in-car audio traffic navigators are expected to offer a longer range, faster performance and a larger broadcast message capacity with the adoption of Bluetooth 5.

E-Learning Market Expected to Experience Major Growth Over Next Five Years

The e-learning market is predicted to experience significant global growth over the next five years, largely driven by advances in technology, evolving business needs and a number of emerging learning and development trends, according to Docebo’s newly released research report, “E-Learning Market Trends and Forecast 2017-2021.”

Bibb County SD Hires More Virtual Teachers to Address Shortage

In an effort to fill vacant teaching positions, Bibb County School District in Georgia is expanding a pilot program that has teachers live-streamed into classrooms to instruct middle school and elementary school students.

Parents Admit to Social Media Spying on Their Teen and Tween Children

Two thirds (67 percent) of parents say monitoring their children’s media use is more important than respecting their privacy, according to a report released Tuesday by Common Sense Media. More than two in five parents (41 percent) say they check their children’s devices and social media accounts “always” or “most of the time.”

Oracle Pledges $1.4 Billion for Computer Science Education in the EU

In conjunction with a new collaboration between the European Commission and DigitalEurope, Oracle unveiled Thursday a three-year investment totaling $1.4 billion in direct and in-kind support of CS education throughout the European Union member states.

HP Unveils Ultra Thin, Durable Convertible Laptop

HP today announced a “rugged” convertible laptop designed for classrooms. The new HP ProBook x360 11 G1 Education Edition (EE) is touch-enabled and claims to be “the world’s thinnest rugged convertible notebook PC.”

Wichita School District Implementing NEC's Univerge SV9500 Network

NEC Corporation of America is assisting Wichita Public School District (WPS) in Kansas in its migration to a new Univerge SV9500 communications network designed to meet the district’s needs for up-to-date integrated telephone and unified communications for the foreseeable future.

Online Charter School Loses State Attendance Audit Appeal

An appeal by Ohio’s largest online charter school of a ruling that allows the state to use the amount of time students are logged in to calculate enrollment and funding has been dismissed.

Boxlight Introduces ProColor Interactive Flat Panel Displays

Boxlight today unveiled its ProColor Series 1 interactive flat panel displays. These displays include Android OS, offering an instant digital whiteboard plus integrated browser.

Nonprofit Releases Tool for Districts to Compare Broadband Prices, Speeds, Bandwidth

EducationSuperHighway, a San Francisco-based ed tech nonprofit, has launched the full version of its Compare & Connect K–12, an online tool that helps school district technology directors and superintendents view and compare broadband services and bandwidth information for school districts across the country.

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