- Florida DOE Awards $1.1 Million Grant to Volusia County Education Partners
- Lexile Titles Database Now Includes More Than 200,000 Works;
- Report Reveals Blended Learning Trends for U.S. Independent Schools
- Berwyn Public Library Promotes Pre-K Literacy
Higher Ed Market
- Times Higher Education, Elsevier Partner on THE World University Rankings
- EBSCO Releases eBook Education Collection
- SUNYConnect Implements EBSCO Discovery Service
- Touro College and University System Partners with Ellucian
- Verso Educational App Adopted by Texas K-12 District
- Kickboard Releases Parent Student Portal
- SIIA Releases First Behind the Data Report on the U.S. PreK-12 Testing and Assessment Market
- NEC Display's New Ultra-Short-Throw Projectors
- French Ministry of Education Selects Gutenberg Technology'sAdaptive Learning Courses
- Chinese Social Learning Platform Chooses Naiku as Assessment Partner
- PCS Edventures, Inc. Announces $198K Saudi Arabia Order
- PCS Edventures, Inc. Announces $1MM Saudi Arabia STEM Project
- Education Technology Pioneers Announced as Winners of SIIA Innovation Incubator Program
- Triumph Learning Named as Educational Publisher To Watch
- Multi-State K–12 Collaborative Releases RFP for Open Educational Resources
- McGraw-Hill Education Announces Organizational Changes, Results
- C. Blohm & Associates and Selling to Schools Release 'EdNET Insider' Series
- Britannica Again Joins DuPont To Honor Young Science Writers
- Follett Challenge Deadline Set for Jan. 9
- Top Math Teachers Invited To Join LearnZillion Dream Team
From the Editor
Another busy week.
It appears we will have a FY 2015 budget soon. The House passed The "Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015," late Thursday, so it's up to the Senate now. The bill, which totals $1.014 trillion, funds most government spending through September 30, 2015. The Department of Homeland Security is funded under a Continuing Resolution that expires on February 27, 2015.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to increase E-Rate funding by $1.5 billion annually in order to help U.S. schools and libraries improve internet access. The decision will allow the United States to expand high-speed Wi-Fi to more than 101,000 schools, and nearly 16,000 additional libraries.
Working to deliver on his promise to provide high-quality early childhood education" to every child in the country, President Obama hosted a White House Event to kick off the "Invest in US" program, designed to support the expansion of ECE through a combination of federal, corporate and foundation support.
This was Computer Science Education Week, marked by a myriad of activities, much of it centered on Code.org's Hour of Code. Last year's Code.org got 20 million students to try one Hour of Code, put online courses into 10,000 classrooms, and partnered with 100+ high schools to support full computer science curriculum. In 2014 the organization hopes to reach 100 million students for an Hour of Code, 100,000 teachers to host an online course, and 100 districts to bring permanent computer science courses to 1,000 high schools.Read More ›
Voice from the Industry
Anticipating and Responding to the Changing Needs of Education
Beth Te Grotenhuis, President of Odysseyware and CEO of Glynlyon
Nearly three decades working in education have shown me that our industry can be both cyclical and reactive and that change is inevitable. As an education, technology, and curriculum company, it is a constant juggling act anticipating and responding to the changing needs of our schools and educators while remaining steadfast enough to block out the day-to-day static and noise and continue to trust in our internal vision and development plan. As a leader, there are a few principles I have followed to navigate these dynamics.
- Know who you are.
- Stay true to who you are but accept that who you are will change.
- Focus on kids.
- Invest in people and embrace change.
She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community
Well friends, today is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, and we have all had one! Are you perhaps parading one of your own at the office today? The Snoop would love to see pictures! I hope it has been a great week for you. Now before you start your weekend, check out what I have for you in this week's scoops....Read More ›
Federal Communications Commission — Thursday, December 11, 2014
Taking significant additional steps to ensure that the nation’s schools and libraries have access to robust high-speed broadband connections, the Federal Communications Commission today approved further modernization of its E-rate program, the nation’s largest program supporting education technology. Today the Commission adopted an Order aimed at closing the connectivity gap by making more funding available for libraries and schools to purchase broadband connectivity capable of delivering gigabit service over the next five years. The Order also provides schools and libraries additional flexibility and options for purchasing broadband services to enable schools and libraries to meet their Internet capacity needs in the most cost-effective way possible.Read More ›
U.S. Department of Education — Wednesday, December 10, 2014
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced today that 18 states have been awarded grants, totaling more than $226 million, under the Preschool Development Grants program. From the 36 applications the departments received, five states will be awarded development grants: Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana and Nevada. Thirteen will receive expansion grants: Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.Read More ›
President Obama Announces Over $1 Billion Dollars in Early Education Investments through Invest in US
The White House — Wednesday, December 10, 2014
At the White House Summit on Early Education on Wednesday, President Barack Obama called on business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials and members of the public to invest in the expansion of early childhood opportunities for children across the country through Invest in US, a public awareness campaign launched in partnership with the First Five Years Fund and its philanthropic partners. Already, dozens of corporations, foundations and individuals have agreed to dedicate a greater ongoing percentage of their philanthropy to expanding high quality early childhood programs and research as a strategy for achieving better education, health, social and economic outcomes, with commitments currently totaling more than $333 million.Read More ›