K-12 Technology News

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ClearOne Collaboration Platform Adds New Classroom Functions

A cloud collaboration application from ClearOne has been updated with new classroom functionality. COLLABORATE Space now includes question and answer participation, providing each student with an electronic "hand raise" capability, as well as moderator control over audio and video for up to 100 participants.

New Streaming Service Produces Virtual College Fairs

A new service has opened up specifically to host virtual college fairs. StreamableU from Streamable Learning will feature livestreams of college admissions departments and a subscription service with online events with college preparation experts.

Amazon Announces Alexa Skills Challenge

Amazon is looking to foster innovation in voice technology in education through a new contest focused on creating Alexa skills.

Nonprofit Releases Free Middle School Science Instruction Materials

OpenSciEd is making open-content instruction materials available for three units in middle school science.

Kids More Likely to Look Online for Help than Ask Parents

New research has found that kids around the world were more likely to look online than ask parents for help with school work. Globally, three-quarters of parents said their children would turn to the internet first.

LEGO Introduces Audio and Braille Building Instructions

The LEGO Group wants to make the LEGO play experience more accessible for those with vision impairments through new building instructions.

Curriculum Associates Adds Interactive Math Games

Curriculum Associates is introducing new Learning Games to its mathematics programs to help students tackle challenging math concepts.

Discovery Ed Boosts Collection for Back-to-School, Acquires AR/VR Ed Company

In time for back-to-school lesson planning, new programs have been added to the Discovery Education Experience and Techbook content; and more content is being made available in Spanish. Also, Discovery recently announced the acquisition of Inspyro, which provides virtual reality and augmented reality education programs.

LEGO Ed and FIRST Launch League for Younger Students

The FIRST LEGO League Jr. Discovery Edition will invite teams of four children to build a solution to a given challenge using LEGO DUPLO pieces. The goals are to help them gain confidence, begin to develop skills for facing future challenges and discover the fun of learning.

Grant Program Aims to Support Personalized Learning

Education Elements is launching a grant program to provide principals with resources to implement personalized learning initiatives.

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