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EdNET Insight October 20, 2017

PreK-12 Market

WGBH Launches Collection of Instructional Modules

Classcraft Launches Classroom Role-Playing Platform

NY DOE Approves edWeb as a Sponsor of CTLE PD

FuelEd Adds Reading Literacy Platform

SC DOE Implements Lexile and Quantile Frameworks

West Launches New Program To Combat Chronic Absenteeism

Zearn Math Receives Top Rating by EdReports

Infinite Campus Selects itslearning as a Grading Services Partner

Insight Education Group Awarded U.S. DoE Grant

NWEA Partners with Pearson for Customized Math, Literacy Instruction

Tata, Discovery Launch Ignite My Future at Dallas MS

Khan Academy To Develop Free Comprehensive Biology Lessons

Scientific Learning's Reading Assistant Plus

» More PreK-12 Market Headlines


CDI Reaches 2.5M Recertified Computers and Notebooks Deployed into K-12

EarthEcho Expedition: Water by Design

Epson Launches Nine New Projectors for K-12, Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Host a Series of Interviews

Lightspeed Systems Survey Results on Cyberbullying in K-12

Socratic Launches Study Groups and Chat To Make Homework Social

» More Technology Headlines


Chegg Acquires Math Technology

PCS Edventures! Announces $68,000 Channel Partner Order

EcoRise's 2016-17 Impact Report

K12 Inc. Releases 2017 Academic Report

Steve Wozniak Forms 'Woz U' To Reprogram Tech Education

» More Business Headlines


Illinois School Library Media Association To Honor Follett

Fifth Annual MyStudySyncTV Contest

10th Anniversary of Young Scientist Challenge

Dow and WE Launch Partnership to Inspire Innovation

National Book Foundation To Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Dick Robinson of Scholastic

» More Announcements

From the Editor
Anne Wujcik, Editor

Anne Wujcik, Editor

Secretary DeVos has proposed 11 priorities and related definitions for use in the Department of Education's discretionary grant programs. These proposed priorities and definitions are intended to replace the Department's supplemental priorities published on December 10, 2014.

Though the bulk of the Department's money funds programs that operate under a set formula - like Title I, ELL and IDEA - roughly $700 million is devoted to competitive grant programs. Promise Neighborhoods, the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Fund, American History and Civics Academies; Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities, Upward Bound, GEAR UP and many other small and relatively obscure programs operate as competitive grants. Applicants can earn additional points based on how well they address any competitive preference priorities identified in the Notice for Applications.

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Voice from the Industry
Voice of the Industry

Why Tried and True Is Here to Stay in Tomorrow’s Classrooms

by Scott Evans, Marketing Manager, Califone

Imagine what a classroom will look like 30 years from now. You might envision students wearing virtual reality headsets and robots acting as teachers.

While it’s easy to romanticize the potential for cutting-edge technologies to transform education for the better, it’s not feasible to expect schools to adopt these technologies at the rapid rate at which they are introduced to the market. In reality, schools continue to purchase legacy products in surprisingly large numbers. As technology providers look to the future of classroom solutions, we can’t leave behind the solutions already trusted by teachers, parents, and students.

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She Snoops For Scoops
Vicki Smith Bigham

Vicki Smith Bigham

Woo hoo, it is Friday! The Snoop is ready for a weekend. How about you? But first, you know the drill: check out this week's scoops!

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Feature Stories

Common Sense Finds Major Spike in Mobile Media Use and Device Ownership by Children Age 0 to 8

Common Sense — Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight is the third installment in an ongoing series of national surveys tracking the use of media and technology among U.S. children from birth to age 8. Among the key findings is the spike in the number of young children who have their own tablet device (now 42 percent, up from 1 percent in 2011) and the amount of time children age 0 to 8 are spending with mobile devices (48 minutes, up from just five minutes in 2011). The Common Sense Census is based on a large, nationally representative sample of respondents and replicates methods from 2011 and 2013 to gauge how media environments and behaviors have changed over the years. At a time of revolutionary change in the media landscape, the study is the only one of its kind, tracking young children's use of new mobile media devices and apps along with older media platforms such as television, computers, and books.

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NCEE Report Shows How the World’s High-Performing Education Systems Identify, Develop and Train School Leaders to Drive Excellence and Equity

National Center on Education and the Economy — Thursday, October 19, 2017

Some of the world’s top-performing education systems, by contrast, have successfully developed and implemented systems to effectively identify, develop and train all school leaders. These leadership development systems identify highly capable educators and develop them to lead high-performance school organizations centered on teacher professionalism and collaboration. These systems invest in training for not just top school principals, but all leaders, to ensure that every school leader internalizes and helps drive the state, provincial or national agenda for school improvement. These are the findings of a new report from the National Center on Education and the Economy’s (NCEE) Center on International Education Benchmarking, Preparing to Lead: Lessons in Principal Development from High-Performing Education Systems. The report finds that many of the world’s best education systems are providing current and future school leaders with leadership development that is specifically tailored to the unique context that school leaders face in their work environments.

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The KIND Foundation Will Connect One Million Students Through A New Technology Platform Called "Empatico"

The KIND Foundation — Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The KIND Foundation, started by KIND Snacks, today announces a $20 million multi-year initiative called Empatico, which will broaden kids' world views through meaningful interactions with peers across the globe. The free online learning tool will enable students to practice communication and leadership skills needed to succeed in a divided country and interdependent world. By the end of 2020, Empatico endeavors to reach more than one million students in 25 countries and eventually make it possible for kids everywhere to connect with one another. Empatico aims to be a one-stop-shop for teachers. The free tool combines reliable and intuitive video conferencing technology with standards-based activities on universal topics that supplement existing curriculum. To get started, all teachers need is an internet connection and a computer with a camera. While Empatico is currently only available for students who can converse in English, there are plans to expand it to non-English speakers.

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