- New Intervention To Bridge the Word Gap
- Triumph Learning Launches Waggle SBAC
- SunGard K-12 Education Releases Web Form Productivity Pack
- Apex Learning Launches 2014-2015 Blended Learning Conference Series
Higher Ed Market
- SUNYConnect Implements EBSCO Discovery Service
- Touro College and University System Partners with Ellucian
- Atomic Learning Offers LMS Integration Tools
- COPIA Adds Major Publishers to Growing List of Higher-Ed Content
- edWeb.net and Britannica Digital Learning Ignite New PLC
- Pearson Study Reveals Significant Accessibility Challenges
- edWeb.net Surpasses 100,000 Members on World Teacher Day
- School Improvement Network and Swivl Partner
- 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
- Schoology Contract with Uruguay Powers 1:1 Learning Initiative
- Sangari Active Science Announces Name Change to Activate Learning
- "Internet of Toys" Startup, Primo, Raises $750k
- Turnitin Acquires LightSide Labs
- Learning.com Marks 15 Years of Partnering with Schools
- Honeywell and NASA Bring STEM Education Event Back for 10th Year
- CELT National Education Summit To Highlight Landmark Investments in Procurement and Implementation
- 5th Annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit
- 'Empowering Innovation' - Fourth Annual Follett Challenge
From the Editor
Last week, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) announced a K-12 school service providers Pledge to safeguard student privacy. A small leadership group supported the launch by signing the Pledge. Over the next several months, SIIA and FPF will solicit additional support from school service providers and work to make educators and parents aware of the Pledge and the industry's commitment to protect student privacy.
SIIA and FPF built the Pledge around a dozen commitments regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information, including not selling student information, not targeting advertising based on student behavior or profiles and using data only for authorized education purposes. These are all things most school service providers are already doing. The Pledge is a proactive effort to focus attention on "good behavior," detailing industry practices that not only meet but go beyond existing federal requirements. It is also meant to encourage service providers to more clearly articulate their practices. Transparency and clarity can go a long way in building trust among educators and parents. Learn more at http://studentprivacypledge.org/?page_id=45Read More ›
Voice from the Industry
When Data Is a Win-Win
Ann McMullan, Educational Technology Consultant
October brings one of those rare opportunities when various forces in the K-12 education eco-system come together to do good for themselves, for each other and, most importantly, for the students we all serve. Project Tomorrow’s annual Speak Up survey is a win-win on multiple fronts.
- At the classroom level, the survey provides teachers and students with an opportunity to have their voices heard.
- The data provides schools and school districts with a sense of where they are in the advancement of digital learning compared with schools and districts across the nation.
- State education agencies benefit from having as many districts as possible respond to the call for participation in Speak Up.
- The edtech vendor community benefits greatly from the reports produced by Project Tomorrow.
She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community
Ooh, Fall is in the air, and Snoop is loving it. It sure makes it challenging to be at my desk working when I want to be outside—but alas, those bills keep coming in, so I must keep working! But with the weekend upon us, we can all get outside and enjoy the season. But first-check out this week's scoops....Read More ›
Chief State School Officers and Urban School Leaders Announce Joint Effort to Improve Student Testing
Council of Chief State School Officers, Council of the Great City Schools — Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The leaders of state and large-city school districts today announced a joint effort to evaluate and improve the quality and quantity of student assessments in public schools across the nation. Working together, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of the Great City Schools jointly released Commitments on High-Quality Assessments, a series of established principles to guide state leaders and district leaders in making sure every assessment administered is high-quality, coherent, and meaningful to students, parents and teachers.Read More ›
Data Quality Campaign — Saturday, October 11, 2014
The linking of student data across agencies and over time-also known as "student records"-can be leveraged in powerful ways to improve student success, but lack of clear information about these practices has led to growing privacy concerns. A new report seeks to clear up the confusion by putting to bed many misconceptions about student "permanent records." The key takeaway: public educational institutions and agencies have not created a single, lasting repository where individual students' educational histories could be accessed at a keystroke.Read More ›
Future of Privacy Forum, Software & Information Industry Association — Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today announced a K-12 school service providers Pledge to safeguard student privacy built around a dozen commitments regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. An initial leadership group of major school service providers are joining SIIA and FPF to introduce and sign the Pledge. The group is made up of some of the leading names in education technology, including Amplify, Code.org, DreamBox Learning, Edmodo, Follett, Gaggle, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Knewton, Knovation, Lifetouch, Microsoft, MIND Research Institute, myON (a business unit of Capstone), and Think Through Math. SIIA and FPF will continue reaching out to educators, parent groups and companies over the next several months to promote the pledge and garner participation from other school service providers.Read More ›