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ednetinsight.com September 29, 2017
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PreK-12 Market

BloomBoard Launches Next Generation of Personalized Learning Platform

NV Orgs Partner with Edthena To Personalize PD

Partnership Schools Shows Considerable Test Gains

Boxlight's MimioConnect Website a Go-To Source

Wichita Falls ISD Adds Fast ForWord

Benchmark Launches Sound-Spelling Transfer Kit

CO District Selects Discovery Education

UETN Teams with Instructure To Provide Canvas LMS

Second Step Program and Panorama Education Partner

MeTEOR Education Transforms Underutilized Media Centers

NJ District Selects Follett's Aspen SIS

Insight ADVANCE Launches New Data Management Tools

Lexile Measures Now Better Match Beginning Readers to Text

New StudySync Tools

Alma Integrates Its Platform With Schoology

Frog Street Partners with ABCmouse

» More PreK-12 Market Headlines

Higher Ed Market

Turnitin Integrates Feedback Studio into Kannu LMS

EdBooks Launches $19 Media Textbook Solutions

» More Higher Ed Market Headlines

Technology

VHS Joins Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance

Epson Launches PowerLite 685W for SMART

Readorium Partners with Zaniac

Tata Consultancy and Discovery Education Launch "Ignite My Future in School"

Learning.com Goes "Blue" To Stomp Out Cyberbullying

Aperture Signs Student Privacy Pledge

Barco's Upgraded wePresent Wireless Presentation System

NEC Display Supports Collaboration with IWB Bundles

TI Introduces Its First Educational Robot

» More Technology Headlines

Business

ThinkCERCA Secures $10.1 Million in Series B Round

IO Education Acquires eSchoolData

Ardusat Rebrands as Because Learning

» More Business Headlines

From the Editor
Anne Wujcik, Editor

Anne Wujcik, Editor

Earlier this week, President Trump directed a memo to Secretary DeVos that encouraged the Department of Education to use $200 million from the Department's budget to fund grant programs to support "high-quality STEM education, including Computer Science in particular. The memo also encouraged the Department to "prioritize helping districts recruit and train teachers capable of providing students with a rigorous education in STEM fields, focusing in particular on Computer Science. Noting the growing role of technology in driving the American economy, with many jobs increasingly requiring STEM and computer science skills, the President sees the initiative as supportive of one of his administration's key priorities—to better equip America's young people with the relevant knowledge and skills that will enable them to secure high paying, stable jobs throughout their careers.

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Voice from the Industry
James Symons, CEO, LocknCharge

The Tech Districts Never Knew They Needed

by James Symons, CEO, LocknCharge

There is no one-size-fits-all checklist that K-12 administrators can run through to ensure all of their technology needs are met when they make a purchase. A big-picture approach to planning the elements of a technology purchase can help districts think through the entire implementation process while also meeting all of their specific needs. Key decision-makers should think far beyond the purchase itself and consider what needs may arise throughout the years after a purchase.

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She Snoops For Scoops
Vicki Smith Bigham

Vicki Smith Bigham

Happy Friday, friends! Since we didn't have time to post news last week due to our being in Scottsdale for EdNET 2017, I am sure you are ready for a fix of my scoops, but first, pour another cup of coffee and prepare to sit back for a while, as I have a ton of news you will want to know about!

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Feature Stories

U.S. K-12 Principals Give Insight into Instructional Practices and Purchasing Priorities in New MDR Research Report

MDR — Tuesday, September 26, 2017

U.S. K-12 principals have given their insight on instructional practices and purchasing priorities in the latest research from the MDR EdNET Insight State of the K-12 Market Report – "School Trends: Principals' Perspectives on Instructional Initiatives and Purchasing Decisions." The 70-page report, written by Marci Goldberg, K-12 Market Advisors, includes extensive appendices with data broken down by school level, size, location, and Title I status to benefit school suppliers and vendors who sell products and services to schools and districts across America. In combination with the research from the entire four-part series, this report provides a unique 360 view of decision-making authority at all levels from an administrator, to a principal to a classroom teacher.

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SETDA & ENA Release Extending the Broadband Imperative II

SETDA, Education Networks of America — Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SETDA, in collaboration with Education Networks of America (ENA), announced the release of State Wi-Fi Leadership for Fostering Digital Learning Ready K-12 Schools: Extending the Broadband Imperative II. This paper explores the steps states are taking to address the wireless equity gaps that exist among their schools. Leaders from Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Utah outline the planning, policy, funding, and management approaches their state agencies and education technology leaders are adopting regarding Wi-Fi, and they share their recommendations for promoting and/or creating equitable access opportunities to high-quality Wi-Fi connectivity.

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6.5 Million Students Still Lack the Connectivity Needed To Take Advantage of Digital Learning

EducationSuperHighway — Tuesday, September 19, 2017

National non-profit EducationSuperHighway announced, in its “2017 State of the States” report, more than 39 million students in America have access to high-speed Internet at school. In its third year of releasing the status of broadband connectivity in the nation’s K-12 public schools, EducationSuperHighway highlights that an additional 5.1 million students gained vital access to high-speed Internet in the classroom. This year’s results show that 94 percent of school districts nationwide now meet the minimum 100 kilobits per second (kbps) per student goal set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2014.

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