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.

Students Seek Real-Life Technology Experiences in School

From Electronic Education Report, April 25, 2014

Students would like their classroom experiences with technology to more closely mirror their experiences outside of school, according to a Speak Up survey conducted by Project Tomorrow.

Project Tomorrow in April released The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations based on a 2013 online survey completed by more than 400,000 K‐12 students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members.

Samsung Markets to Schools

Simba Information talked to Samsung senior manager education Diane Ashby about company efforts in K-12 in the March 28 issue of Electronic Education Report. An accompanying article in the issue details Samsung's partnerships with three school districts.

Samsung (Ridgefield Park, NJ) is a brand widely known in the consumer space that also competes in the K-20 market; this spring the company is introducing new Chromebook and tablet options for schools.

Obama's 2015 Spending Plan Would Boost Education

President Barack Obama in March proposed $68.6 billion in discretionary spending for the Department of Education in fiscal 2015, which would be a 1.9% increase from fiscal 2014, but the spending plan as proposed is unlikely to be acted upon in a Congressional election year

Channel One Adds Curriculum

Channel One (New York), producer of a daily educational news show, is offering curriculum targeting nonfiction literacy and critical thinking skills.

The curriculum is a subscription offering for grades 3-5 and 6-8. It uses nonfiction video and text that integrates English language arts with areas that include science, geography and college and career readiness. Students complete activities, do writing exercises and take short formative assessments to demonstrate understanding.

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