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...

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.

Samsung is hearing that there are three a...

Obama’s 2015 Spending Plan Would Boost Education

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

Additionally, late in 2013 Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act , which set discretionary funding levels for two years. Under that agreement, forged to avoid another government shutdown, Congress restored half of the se...

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.

In the fall, ...

Thomson Reuters Acquires Dominio Sistemas

Thomson Reuters Corp. recently agreed to acquire Brazilian accounting software developer Dominio Sistemas for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions.

The deal aligns with Thomson Reuters’ strategy to complement its product offering with integrated software solutions for small, medium-sized and large accounting firms in Brazil.

“We are very interested to be part of Thomson Reuters because we believe that it will also allow more investment in in...

FCC Investment in Connectivity Applauded

The Federal Communications Commission in January made plans to invest $2 billion over the next two years to expand high-speed Internet connectivity for schools and libraries, in line with the Obama ConnectED initiative. The White House says the new effort will bring America close to giving 99 percent of schoolchildren Internet access within five years.

Funding for new investments in high-speed Internet will come from reprioritizing existing E-Rate funds to focus on high-capacity Internet conne...

Online Services Supplant Books in Tax, Business Publishing

Online services have taken over as the lead revenue generating medium in the tax, accounting and business publishing market, supplanting books for the first time ever, according to the latest report from Simba Information, a leading media industry forecast and analysis firm.

Global Tax, Accounting & Business Publishing 2013-2014 revealed that online services grew to 5.1% to $3 billion in 2012, representing 43% of the entire market, pushing the book category into second place for the first time...

The Current Role Of The Core Reading Textbook

By Robert M. Resnick, Ph.D., Education Market Research

According to the results of a fall 2013 survey of the elementary Reading market segment, conducted by Education Market Research (EMR), a clear majority of the educators sampled (73.3%) still have a core/basal Reading series which they either “follow very closely” (28.8%) or, more often, from which they “pick and choose parts of it to use as needed” (44.5%). Only 26.7% indicated they do not use a core Reading series. [Thus the number not us...

District RTT Awards $120 Million to Five Winners

From Electronic Education Report , January 3, 2014

The Department of Education in December awarded $120 million to five grantees in the second round of its district-level Race to the Top competition. The winners are:

Clarendon County School District Two (consortium of four rural districts), South Carolina, $25 million; Clarksdale Municipal School District, Mississippi, $10 million; Houston Independent School District, Texas, $30 million; Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (consortium ...

Knewton Partners with Gutenberg Technology

From Electronic Education Report , Dec. 9, 2013

Knewton (New York) in December forged a partnership with the publishing platform Gutenberg Technology (Paris and New York) to develop and distribute interactive course materials for Apple, Android and Windows tablets and smartphones that include Knewton-powered personalization without additional technical work.

“The significance of this deal is that we are now working with all of these new education companies that are playing integral and impor...