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Here you'll find the latest news from the education technology world, from the newest hardware and software releases to policy and funding updates to research reports to school and district tech initiatives. Looking for more in-depth coverage of important topics? Be sure to visit our Features page.


U.S. Department of Education Forms Partnership to Establish Comprehensive Research Agenda

The Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences is partnering with the Jefferson Education Exchange to hear directly from educators through a series of events designed to gain insights on how academic research can inform everyday classroom teaching activities.

USC Accelerator Seeks Ed Tech Innovators

Could Southern California become the Silicon Valley of education technology? That's the hope of a new initiative at the University of Southern California that brings together its Rossier School of Education and its Center for Engineering in Education to launch an incubator focused on improving the quality and equity of education.

Two-Thirds of Phishing Emails in Ed Use 'Attached Invoice' Ploy

The most common form of phishing email in education tends to include an attached invoice; 66 percent of hacker attempts use the attached invoice ploy to get unwary recipients to click on an infected link; another 28 percent use a payment notification scheme; and 6 percent try online order tricks.

Achieve3000 Acquires Digital Reading Platform Actively Learn

Actively Learn will operate as a stand-alone unit within Achieve3000, and Jay Goyal, co-founder and CEO of the first company will serve as president.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Oct. 15, 2018)

NEA grant applications are due today!

Discovery Co-Hosts Virtual Field Trip of Nuclear Power Plant

Discovery Education is hosting a free virtual field trip to a nuclear power plant Oct. 15, cosponsored with the Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information. The event takes place between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Survey: Higher-Level Tech Skills Lacking in K–12

While teachers strongly support the infusion of technology into student learning, a survey found that their schools still face multiple hurdles in that pursuit, including a lack of computing devices, too much emphasis on passive activities and insufficient professional development to help educators understand how to teach with tech.

Gates Foundation Funds 19 Networks for School Improvement

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made what it's calling a "down payment" on an ambitious effort "to help tens of thousands of students get the education they deserve."

Bill Suggests Michigan Virtual Grow into Blended Research Hub

Two decades after its founding, a virtual school in Michigan legislated into existence faces an expansion of its mandate to include research. Michigan Virtual has long delivered courses to middle and high school students. Now, the organization might also become a hub for online educational experimentation.

Teachers Turn to Gaming for Online Privacy Lessons

This form of gaming blends fact and fiction to immerse players in an interactive world that responds to their decisions and actions.

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