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Amazon Announces Rapids - A Playful Approach to Reading

Amazon announced a new app that offers a playful approach to children’s reading. Amazon Rapids offers illustrated short stories written in a unique chat style that brings stories to life, one message at a time. Stories on Amazon Rapids are told through the lens of characters chatting with each other, from an alien texting about invading Earth to two chickens debating if they should cross the street. Read More »

New Edition of Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom from ISTE

With today's average youth spending more than 10 hours every day consuming media, building media literacy skills is more important than ever before. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) released the second edition of Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom to help K-12 educators and school library media specialists understand the importance of teaching media literacy and give them tools to teach it in the classroom. Read More »

Edsby Moves to Microsoft Azure Cloud

Edsby®, a SaaS platform that gives K-12 school districts, regions and national governments better student, teacher and parent engagement, improved educational outcomes and new insight into educational effectiveness, is now running on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s hyperscale, enterprise-grade cloud platform, as part of a global relationship between the two companies. Read More »

RoboKind and the Autism Society of America Announce Nationwide School Grant Program

To ease the adoption of evidence-based practices in delivering the highest quality education for students with autism, RoboKind and the Autism Society of America announce the offering of the joint Robots4Autism School Grant Program. The grant program aims to make the comprehensive, research-based Robots4Autism program accessible to schools across the nation. Read More »

Learning Upgrade's New Mobile App for ELLs

Learning Upgrade announce the launch of a mobile app to increase accessibility and expand offerings to a wide range of English learners. The app enables students to access Learning Upgrade's high-interest musical lessons on their own using any device, including phones and tablets. Read More »

SETDA Announces New Strategic Plan

SETDA, the principal membership association of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders announced today the key initiatives of its new Strategic Plan. A major premise of the new plan involves leveraging technology for learning as a way to both support educators in their commitment to personalize learning for all students, and to provide a clear, common pathway to equity of education for all students. Read More »

PCS Edventures! Announces Drone Education Package

PCS announced the upcoming launch of Discover Drones, the latest robotics-based STEM education solution from PCS Edventures! The Discover Drones program provides includes modular drones that students construct as they learn the various systems within the drone, a drone flight simulator program license for flight training and practice, a fully developed curriculum using the unique PCS Edventures LABCard format.... Read More »

First IBM Watson Education App for iPad

IBM announced the first IBM MobileFirst for iOS education app. The app, IBM Watson Element for Educators, enables a new level of engagement for teachers by providing a holistic view of each student at their fingertips, including data on interests, accomplishments, academic performance, attendance, behaviors and learning activities. Read More »

PBS KIDS Launches First Tablet Featuring Educational Content

PBS KIDS announced the launch of its first tablet: the Playtime Pad. Produced by Ematic, the 16 GB kids’ tablet provides a one-stop destination for PBS KIDS’ educational content, with more than 25 games and 120 video clips and music videos pre-loaded, along with 100+ hours of video on the PBS KIDS Video App. Read More »

InfoComm To Offer AV Education to Downey USD

InfoComm International® signed an agreement with Downey Unified School District in Southern California to offer foundational AV coursework. Downey Unified School District's high school students will have access to InfoComm's online course Essentials of AV Technology and the Recognized AV Technologist Certificate Program exam. Read More »