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  • New Data: Nearly Half of Schools Providing Home Internet Access to Students Who Need It This School Year

    Survey results released today by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics shows that as of the start of the 2022–23 school year, almost half of K–12 public schools reported providing internet access to students who need it at their homes, and almost three quarters are providing training on digital literacy for their students.

  • Federal Appeals Court Ruling Means Class-Action Suits Over Data Breaches No Longer Require Proof of Actual Harm

    As ransomware attacks targeting the education sector grab more headlines every week, a new ruling from a federal appeals court has further lowered the bar for people whose data is breached and leaked on the dark web to sue the organizations where the data was compromised, and educational institutions, public schools, and ed tech providers should take heed, an expert warns.

  • New Leadership Roles Announced for Yang, Ware, Cafiero, Beckerman, Lee, Charland, Jones, Mathews, Stimpson

    People on the Move in K–12 education for September are ParentSquare’s Jim Yang; Newsela’s Derrick Ware, Holly Cafiero, Igor Beckerman, and Gloria Lee; Phil Charland at SchoolStatus; Dwight D. Jones at the Institute for Education Innovation; Scholastic’s Jeffrey Mathews; and Jennifer Stimpson at T.D. Jakes Foundation.

  • 7 Questions about SchoolStatus with CEO Russ Davis

    THE Journal’s “7 Questions: Ed Tech Explainer” series gives ed tech leaders an opportunity to summarize their solution(s), explain how their product helps educators and schools, and give a quick overview for K–12 decision-makers — sort of an extended (but not too extended) elevator pitch. For this installment, SchoolStatus Founder and CEO Russ Davis explains how SchoolStatus works in a school tech ecosystem, how it helps educators and students, and how it's pivoted over the past year.

  • A Cybersecurity Firm Assessed a State's Entire Education System, Finding Thousands of Security Risks

    Cyber Security Works, an IT risk management company and partner agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, recently conducted an assessment of an entire state’s public education system, analyzing the security posture across 180 school districts and charter schools, and it found 2,221 potential IT security problems, including scores of vulnerabilities known to have been weaponized by cyber criminals.

  • Grammarly Rolls Out New Features to Make Citations Easier

    Grammarly has added two features to its AI-powered writing assistance software, aiming to help students writing research papers use citations correctly: citation style formatting and auto citations.

  • New Program and Haul Game Turn the Story of Copper Mining Into Interactive STEM Learning

    Discovery Education today launched a new, browser-based STEM education program free to use that explores the use of mined materials in everyday life and explains the science and technology used in the mining industry, thanks to a partnership with international mining company Freeport-McMoRan.

  • 4 Ways Schools Can Save Money on Energy

    Schools spend $8 billion on energy each year, but there are ways to save, starting with billing and consumption audits.

  • Widely Used in Asia, ClassIn Brings Its Combo CMS, LMS Platform to the States

    ClassIn, whose virtual and hybrid learning platform is used by over 60,000 K–12 and higher education institutions in 160 countries, is entering the U.S. education market this fall, hoping to attract educators’ attention with its integrated content management and learning management systems.

  • Moodle Gains Text-to-Speech Integration

    Students using the Moodle learning platform can now listen to learning content in more than 50 languages, thanks to a new integration with digital voice and text-to-speech tool ReadSpeaker.

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