Collaboration & Web 2.0


PowerSchool to Buy SchoolMessenger, Integrate with its Cloud SIS

Cloud-based K–12 software provider PowerSchool has signed an agreement to acquire SchoolMessenger from its parent company, West Technology Group, for $300 million and plans to integrate SchoolMessenger’s features with the PowerSchool Student Information Cloud platform, according to a news release.

LG Unveils new ChromeOS Slot-In PC for Createboard

LG Business Solutions USA this week unveiled a new Google-certified ChromeOS slot-in PC for LG Createboard, during ISTELive 23 in Philadelphia, simplifying daily use and adding flexibility and features to classrooms using the Createboard, the company said in a news release.

Samsung Debuts New Interactive Display at ISTELive 23

Samsung Electronics America has introduced its new interactive display, model name “WAC,” at ISTELive 23 — the first Samsung interactive display solution built on the Android operating system.

Google's New Edu Features Boost Accessibility, Differentiation, Collaboration, and Security

Google for Education has unveiled a host of new features and integrations at ISTELive 23 happening this week in Philadelphia, all aimed at amplifying teacher impact and improving student outcomes, the company said on its blog.

Territorium is First in U.S. to Earn CLR 2 and Open Badges 3 Certifications

Ed tech provider Territorium has become the first U.S. company to earn certifications in CLR 2.0 and Open Badges 3.0 from 1EdTech, furthering its mission to standardize digital credentials — or “comprehensive learner records” — that are easily shared between digital wallets, the company said.

1EdTech's TrustEd Apps Management Suite Tops 10K; New Product Certification Coming

Software interoperability advocates at 1EdTech have unveiled key updates and milestones for its TrustEd Apps Management Suite, including plans for a new TAMS product certification and the growth of TAMS to more than 10,000 ed tech solutions either certified or vetted by 1EdTech, according to a news release.

Hallo's New Career and Jobs Platform for Students Features AI-Powered Coach, 'Boris'

Hallo has launched a revamped website for connecting students to career opportunities, and it features a personalized, AI-powered career coach named Boris built on GPT-4 technology, the company said in a news release.

People on the Move: Prentice, Ogden-Reese, Irwin, Cluver, Anderson, Myrie, Wilson, Kozyra, Yates, Kelsey, Sowin

Recent leadership and advisory roles announced by education and ed tech organizations include a new CEO at Pearson, a new CMO at D2L, a new COO at Centegix, a new board member at United Educators, a new CEO at National Math and Science Initiative, a new CEO at Mentor, and new special education advisory leaders at BlazerWorks.

K12 SIX Invites Input for 2023-24 Updates to Essential Cybersecurity Protections Series

Cybersecurity nonprofit K12 Security Information Exchange is inviting K–12 IT and network security practitioners to submit their input and feedback for the upcoming 2023–24 edition of the K12 SIX Essential Cybersecurity Protections Series of guides for public schools’ risk management efforts.

Turnitin AI Detector Analyzed 38M Submissions in its First 6 Weeks; Updates Answer Educator Feedback

In the first six weeks of educators using Turnitin’s new AI writing detection feature, the platform processed 38.5 million submissions, finding that 3.5% of those submissions contained more than 80% AI-written text, and just under one-tenth of submissions contained at least 20% AI-written text.

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