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September 23, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: Newsela Raises $4.1M to Expand Library of Modified News Articles

Newsela, a startup that offers news articles written at various reading levels, raised $4.1 million from investors in a Series A round.

September 23, 2014

Online 'Diploma Mills' Shut Down at FTC's Request

A federal judge in Florida has ordered an online school that the Federal Trade Commission labeled a "diploma mill" to halt marketing to students.

September 22, 2014

New Book Outlines 7 Keys to Smart Cities

New tools and schools make clear the potential for innovation. New ways to personalize learning, encourage more student agency, and extend the reach of great teachers signal the potential for step function improvement in outcomes (i.e., a much larger percentage of young people career and citizenship ready).

September 18, 2014

U.S. Ed. Department's Ed-Tech Nonprofit Was Born This Week: #TBT

A non-profit launched by the U.S. Education Department in 2011 to help support ed-tech innovation now works with 56 districts to identify and spread promising practices.

September 18, 2014

In L.A. iPad Evaluation, Pearson Curriculum Again Comes Under Fire

Evaluators of L.A.'s closely-watched iPad initiative found a continued reliance on whole-class instruction and almost no use of a multimillion-dollar digital curriculum from Pearson.

September 17, 2014

Student-Data-Privacy News Roundup

The advance of student-data-privacy legislation in California and elsewhere has attracted media attention in recent weeks.

September 15, 2014

Is the Flipped Class Model Here to Stay?

Enthusiasts believe that the flipped classroom movement is completely transforming education, while detractors believe that the technological hurdles are too formidable. So where are we right now?

September 15, 2014

L.A. School Chief Seeks Board Communications Amid Furor Over iPad Deal

John Deasy, under scrutiny for his own communications with technology companies, has filed a public records request seeking information about school board members' correspondence with vendors.

September 12, 2014

Coding and Computer Science Focus of New Online Learning Platform

Seattle-based nonprofit Code.org announced new free online learning resources to teach students computer science and provide teachers with professional development.

September 11, 2014

Punish Kids by Taking Away Mobile Devices? A #TBT Look Back to 2010

Devices and apps have evolved since 2010, probably more quickly than parents' strategies for monitoring teens' digital usage and regulating teens' digital access as a form of discipline.

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