K-12 Technology News

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Moonshot Competition Seeks Ideas to Revolutionize Education

Two organizations, one liberal and the other conservative, have announced a joint project to seek new ideas that will "revolutionize schooling." The deadline for applications is August 1, 2019.

SETDA Recognizes New Cohort of Promising Ed Tech Startups

SETDA, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, announced its seventh annual cohort of "emerging private sector partners," start-ups that the organization believes state and district technical education leaders ought to learn more about.

2 Indiana Virtual Schools Closing This Year and Next

Two schools that have come to represent all that can possibly go wrong with virtual public school education are set to close.

ACT Acquires Social-Emotional Learning Company

Education assessment nonprofit ACT has acquired a company that specializes in the field of social and emotional learning (SEL). ACT purchased Mawi Learning, which produces SEL-focused educator professional development and student curriculum. Terms of the deal were not released.

Discovery Ed Adds Collaboration to Streaming Service

The new Discovery Education Experience (formerly Streaming Plus) will be available at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Esports League Bundling Gaming PCs into Membership

The High School Esports League, which claims a membership of 1,500 high schools, is offering the "HSEL Esports Equipment Bundle" for $4,000 per year.

'Devastating' Report Documents 'Broken System' in Providence District

When city and state leaders in Rhode Island saw the lousy results of a new standardized test among Providence Public School District students, they called in experts from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy to examine what the problems were.

Illuminate Adds FastBridge Assessments to Portfolio

Nearly a year after Illuminate Education was formed out of the integration of five separate education companies, Illuminate has acquired another data operator in the education space. FastBridge Learning produces an assessment platform intended to help teachers measure and monitor student progress.

Minority of Teachers Use Learning Standards-Aligned Curriculum

In four years of reviewing more than 90 percent of the materials in the "known" math and English language arts market, just 27 percent of math and 49 percent of ELA offerings aligned with learning standards. Furthermore, the data showed that just 15 percent of curriculum regularly used by ELA teachers and 23 percent of that used by math teachers have aligned with the standards.

Forget What You Think You Know about Summer Slide

Is the "summer slide" real? One education researcher recently questioned that assumption. The idea that students lose ground in their learning when they leave school for the summer break, suggested Paul von Hippel in an essay on Harvard's Education Next Institute website, can't be proved.

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