The Gates Foundation finally launched a website with a little info on the Shared Learning Collaborative. Five states are expected to pilot something next year, but will it be a full personalized learning platform in the sky or a data warehouse?
Instructure, a Salt Lake LMS, worked some hometown magic and showed up in all the state universities last year. Last month they released Canvas K-12, an LMS that allows parents and teachers to track assignments, tests, grades, and more.
Home of the Free
The Obama Administration recently announced its push for digital textbooks in every classroom in the new “Digital Textbook Playbook” initiative.
Utah adopted a new open educational resources (OER) policy for textbooks, allowing expert-produced materials to be available online for free through open licenses.
New in the Not-Free World
Dreambox Learning expanded its online K-3 math curricula with 100 new lessons aligned with Common Core Standards.
Games for Learning
New studies report that students engage in video games over lectures because of the dopamine output in the brain’s reward system.
Students can now relive the perils of the Underground Railway with Flight to Freedom, a free game from WNET.
Going to College
Tax exempt edu-giant ETS acquired MyCollegi and launched LikeLive, a video interviewing platform.
Strive for College, which helps high school students make the best post-secondary decision, is going to Houston with a grant from Houston Endowment.