Teachers Outpace Publishers as Key Source of Common Core Materials

A new study of districts' common core implementation finds that instructional materials purchased from businesses are less likely to be used in classrooms than teacher-developed curricula.


Apple to Donate iPads to Thousands of Students for ConnectED Program

The company will give iPads to every student in 114 schools, as part of the $100 million commitment made earlier this year to President Obama's ConnectED initiative.


Social Media, Open Resources Shaping European Ed-Tech Priorities

European countries' views about how educational technology can be used to improve schools in some respects mirror those of educators and policymakers in the United States, a new report concludes.


Many Rural Schools, Libraries Could Lose Funds Under New E-rate Reform

A broad coalition opposes the FCC's new definition of "rural" in its E-rate modernization plan. That change results in a potential funding loss for many of the 1,500 schools and libraries in reclassified areas.


Large Districts Use Benchmarking Report to Save Millions of Dollars

An annual report released today shares districts' non-academic benchmarks to help leaders prioritize spending and other resources.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Internal Tech Incubator

HMH Labs will attempt to bring about educational innovation through the "experimentation. and rapid prototyping of new technology solutions."


Google's Classroom Gets Upgrades, Scrutiny

Teachers are using Google's Classroom to manage workflow with their students, but some technology directors think the tool distracts from their districts' learning management systems.


K-12 Dealmaking: Chicago Schools to Expand Pre-K with $17M Social Impact Bond

Goldman Sachs and other investors are financing a $17 million social impact bond for the Chicago Public Schools' expansion of a pre-K program.


Under Pressure, Okla. Hires Measured Progress to Oversee Winter Tests

Oklahoma officials scrambled to find a testing vendor for exams required for high school graduation, after another company, McGraw-Hill Education CTB, backed out.


'Smart' Venture Capital Firms Making Fewer Ed-Tech Deals, Analysis Finds

While money continues to pour into ed tech at a strong pace, the number of deals by "smart-money VC firms" has slowed in 2014, according to CB Insights.


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