EMR Research Corner: Reading & CCSS

Informational text and writing are two areas where reading and English language arts educators are seeking new or different curriculum materials as they implement the Common Core State Standards. That is one of the findings of a new Common Core update report from Simba Information/Education Market Research.

Ed Tech Startup Quarterly Dashboard Launches

Start-ups like digital instructional materials platform provider Red Shelf (Chicago) and incubators and accelerators like EDGE EdTech are among the topics and analysis you’ll find in Ed Tech Startup Quarterly Dashboard, the new publication from Simba Information.

E-Rate Requests Down for FY 2015

From Electronic Education Report, May 22,2015
The demand for E-Rate funding for the year running July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2106 is $3.92 billion, down almost $900 million from fiscal year 2014. That estimate came in May from the Universal Service Administrative Co., the administrative arm of the Federal Communications Commission, which oversees E-Rate.

Districts Benefit from Title I Bump

From Electronic Education Report, April 10, 2015

Funding for Title I, the largest elementary and secondary education program that funds support for low-achieving children especially in high-poverty schools, climbed in fiscal year 2014, ended Sept. 30, 2014, to $14.38 billion, up from $13.76 billion in fiscal 2013 when sequester budget cuts took effect.

Election Results Mixed for Education Future

From Electronic Education Report, November 7, 2014
Looked at in broad strokes, the mid-term elections of 2014 were a victory for the Republican Party, which picked up seven seats to win control of the Senate, expanded its House of Representatives majority by an additional 12 seats and won three more governors’ mansion. Looked at in education terms, the results are more mixed in how they will impact funding, the Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluations and collective bargaining rights and support for charter school.

$59 Tablet Sales Exceed Initial Availability

From Electronic Education Report, Sept. 12, 2014

MobyMax (Potomac, MD) introduced the $59 Moby Tablet this summer and CEO Glynn Willett told EER the company cannot supply enough to meet the market demand.

Willett described the Moby device as a complete education tablet that comes loaded with MobyMax’s online K-8 curriculum for math, reading, writing, language and literature. The tablet features a seven-inch screen and has teacher control features to avoid student distraction.

FCC E-Rate Modernization Plan Should Benefit Software Industry

From Electronic Education Report, July 18, 2014

The E-rate program over its 18-year life has helped connect almost all U.S. schools and libraries to the Internet. With a new set of rules issued in July, the Federal Communications Commission laid the groundwork to continue to support broadband connectivity to buildings while expanding support for robust Wi-Fi networks within classrooms for digital learning.
The changes made by the FCC are intended to:

K12 Inc. Completes Asset Sale to Safanad

K12 Inc. (Herndon, VA) in June completed the sale of select businesses that will be part of a new global education technology business led by Safanad Limited (New York/Dubai), a global principal investment house.

K12 founder Ron Packard will lead the new venture. Packard resigned his position as the CEO of the virtual education provider in January and left the company board in June to concentrate his efforts on the new venture.

How Prevalent Is Digital Device Usage in Classroom Instruction?

Some of the most frequently asked questions around EMR in recent months have been about the deployment of tablet computers and other mobile devices in K-12 classrooms. If you are a computer company, such as Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Google, etc., or an investment banker who follows computer companies, you obviously need to know how your brand is doing compared to its competitors. You’d want to know who has the highest market share. Ideally, you’d also like to know which tablet brand(s) educators are planning to buy in the 2014-15 school year, and how much they are going to spend.

School Specialty Names Yorio

K-12 instructional materials, furniture and supplies distributor School Specialty (Greenville, WI) named Joseph Yorio president and CEO. Yorio succeeds Jim Henderson, who served as interim president and CEO since July 2013, when then-president and CEO Michael Lavelle left the company after it emerged from voluntary bankruptcy proceedings in June. Henderson will continue to serve as chairman of the company’s board of directors.

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