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Google says more than 500 districts in US and Europe use Chromebooks actively

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Google just revealed over 500 school districts in the United States and Europe use Chromebooks on a regular basis, while also naming a few new districts to adopt the technology in both North Carolina and Wisconsin. In a post on the Official Google Blog, Google talked about the functionality of Chromebooks...
Google says more than 500 districts in US and Europe use Chromebooks actively

As It Graduates From Network To Platform, Edmodo Now Serving 7M Users, 80K Schools

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Edmodo is one of the startups whose name pops up a lot when you talk about “edtech.” Founded in 2007, the company is almost old school, yet, in spite of the influx of new education-focused startups, Edmodo continues to press forward. This is largely due to due to its appeal...
As It Graduates From Network To Platform, Edmodo Now Serving 7M Users, 80K Schools

Teachers first: How Schoology is changing the way schools buy technology

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Edtech is a tricky beast for many reasons. One major challenge I’ve focused on during our online education month is the business model. Plenty of edtech startups have built brilliant products that leverage technology to improve the way teachers teach and kids learn. But, as we’ve outlined, the fremium,...
Teachers first: How Schoology is changing the way schools buy technology

How ed tech startup Junyo is using data to help publishers identify schools' needs

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Learning analytics startup Junyo is taking another crack at using data to improve education, but instead of targeting administrators and teachers, it’s now trying to reach publishers and other companies selling into school districts. When it launched about two years ago, the company, which is led by Zynga co-founder Steve...
How ed tech startup Junyo is using data to help publishers identify schools' needs
Google reportedly spending $120 million to beef up Googleplex, ‘Google/@home’ testing labs

Education data startup Clever hits big milestone, makes new hire

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When Y Combinator ed tech startup Clever launched in June, the startup accelerator’s co-founder Paul Graham challenged the group to reach 40 schools by Demo Day. But when the company takes the stage to present its service with the rest of the startups graduating today, it won’t be announcing that...
Education data startup Clever hits big milestone, makes new hire

Why Tablets In the Classroom Could Save Schools $3 Billion a Year

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A group of publishers and tech companies gathered in Washington today to talk about getting digital textbooks into U.S. classrooms . The gathering, convened by the FCC and the Department of Education, included everyone from Apple to Intel to McGraw-Hill, and it’s premised on the idea that digitizing classrooms is...
Why Tablets In the Classroom Could Save Schools $3 Billion a Year

Data, makers and MOOCs: 6 ed tech trends to watch at SXSWedu

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If SXSW Interactive is “spring break for geeks,” SXSWedu is spring break for geeks who want to help the country turn out even more geeks. Kicking off Monday in Austin, Tex., the conference attracts entrepreneurs, investors, school leaders, policy makers and others trying to use technology to improve and remake education....
Data, makers and MOOCs: 6 ed tech trends to watch at SXSWedu

Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

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Readers react to a proposal for a longer school year and day.    ...
Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

Sign in to Homeroom: Schoology Raises $6 M. for Scaling Up

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(twitter.com) The latest edutech startup to see a cash infusion from eager investors: Schoology, which has raised $6 million in a round led by FirstMark Capital. Founded in 2009, the company--currently clocking in at one million users--peddles a collaborative learning platform available in a free version for teachers and a...
Sign in to Homeroom: Schoology Raises $6 M. for Scaling Up

Obama says he'll get 99 percent of schools connected to fast Internet

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now President Obama made a visit to a school in Mooresville, North Carolina today, and announced an ambitious plan to get 99 percent of American students connected to lightning fast Internet within five years. Obama said that American schools, where only 20...
Obama says he'll get 99 percent of schools connected to fast Internet

Campaign Launched To Stop School From Claiming Copyright On Student Work

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We recently wrote about how the school board for Prince George County, Maryland, was considering a policy that would claim the copyright of everything produced by both students and faculty at the various schools in the district. That seemed extreme in so many ways. Some folks have set up a...
Campaign Launched To Stop School From Claiming Copyright On Student Work

Wisconsin settlement funds from Microsoft being used to buy iPads for education

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Wisconsin plans to use settlement funds from Microsoft to buy 1,400 iPads for educational use. The almost $80 million in settlement funds came a result of claims that Microsoft was overcharging consumers for software. The iPads are being paid for with $3.4 million from the funds. With Apple’s educational...
Wisconsin settlement funds from Microsoft being used to buy iPads for education

Google: 500 U.S., European school districts use Chromebooks

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Google says more than 500 U.S. and E.U. school districts are using Chromebooks....
Google: 500 U.S., European school districts use Chromebooks

Campaign Launched To Stop School From Claiming Copyright On Student Work

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We recently wrote about how the school board for Prince George County, Maryland, was considering a policy that would claim the copyright of everything produced by both students and faculty at the various schools in the district. That seemed extreme in so many ways. Some folks have set up a...
Campaign Launched To Stop School From Claiming Copyright On Student Work

Germany to at last publish Hitler’s memoir

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After being unavailable for many decades, Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” will finally be published in Germany. Until now, the state of Bavaria has used its copyright over the book to prevent it from appearing. That copyright is finally set to expire in 2015, 70 years after Hitler’s death. According to...
Germany to at last publish Hitler’s memoir

With 4.5M Users, Instructure Takes On The Courseras & Udacities Of The World With Its Own Open Course Network

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Instructure launched Canvas in 2011 to give educational institutions an alternative to the ubiquitous (but much criticized) software of educational giants like Blackboard. Rather than forcing schools to spend six months integrating and learning how to use inflexible and bloated learning management software, Canvas offers an open source and cloud-native...
With 4.5M Users, Instructure Takes On The Courseras & Udacities Of The World With Its Own Open Course Network
Schoology hits 1M users, raises $6M to expand its social networking platform for schools

Grockit Scores $7 Million To Advance From Online Test Prep To The Academy

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Online learning site Grockit raised another $7 million in a Series C financing today. Atlas Venture led the round, with existing investors Benchmark and Integral Capital participating.  The last time Grockit raised money was an $8 million Series B in 2008. Grockit is an online learning community that adds...
Grockit Scores $7 Million To Advance From Online Test Prep To The Academy

New York City imposes new social media rules for teachers

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On Monday, the New York City Department of Education published its first set of guidelines for the use of social media, underscoring the importance for teachers and staff to keep a clear distinction between the use of their personal and professional accounts. "In an increasingly digital world, we seek...
New York City imposes new social media rules for teachers

Education startups: The bottom-up approach doesn't work here

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Plenty of wide-eyed, ambitious, and possibly naive startups have set out to “fix” or at the very least, improve, education. You can’t fault anyone for that — with US students lagging most of the world in subjects like math and science, the sector has much room for improvement. The problem...
Education startups: The bottom-up approach doesn't work here

Google: 500 U.S., European school districts run Chromebooks

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Google says that more than 500 school districts in the United States and Europe are using Chromebooks, and has just added three more school districts into the mix.The search giant has been able to make a sudden push towards the education market after its hardware and operating system were certified...
Google: 500 U.S., European school districts run Chromebooks
A free online service launches to manage building energy data

Apple Wins $30 Million iPad Contract From L.A. Unified School District

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Here’s one school district that won’t be availing itself of Microsoft’s “Surface for education limited-time offer“: L.A. Unified. On Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) awarded Apple a $30 million contract to provide its students with iPads. The deal, which was approved in a 6-0 vote by...
Apple Wins $30 Million iPad Contract From L.A. Unified School District

Amazon's acquisition of text-to-speech company IVONA could help it battle Siri -- and lawsuits

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In a move that could assist vision-impaired users and potentially aid smartphone development, Amazon has acquired text-to-speech and voice recognition company IVONA Software for an undisclosed sum. Amazon already uses IVONA technology on the Kindle Fire, using the software to, for example, read user actions aloud or help navigate the...
Amazon's acquisition of text-to-speech company IVONA could help it battle Siri -- and lawsuits
Unigo doubling traffic each month after relaunching as marketplace for virtual college guidance

The watchful eye of a camera could soon protect our kids’ schoolbuses

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Have you ever cringed at the sight of a car dangerously passing a stopped school bus? If so, we have good news; to protect schoolchildren, a new system called Student Guardian will capture images and videos of potential offenders. Developed by the road safety company Redflex Traffic Systems, Student Guardian mostly...
The watchful eye of a camera could soon protect our kids’ schoolbuses
With the iPad Mini & a new iBooks Authors, Apple finally has a chance of revolutionizing the classroom

With new recommendation engine, Alleyoop wants to be a tutor for teens

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Technology can’t replace the experience of working with a personal tutor, but Pearson-backed education startup Alleyoop is hoping its software can come close. The Boston-based company, which launched in February to help teens become better prepared for college, tailors its online experience to each student’s learning needs. As middle and...
With new recommendation engine, Alleyoop wants to be a tutor for teens
AT&T, Feds neglect low-price mandate designed to help schools
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