Tyler Millis, a 16-year old high school student, holds his gold medal after winning the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship for PowerPoint 2007.
—Certiport

Florida Teen Wins World PowerPoint Championship

Tyler Millis, 16, wins the gold medal in the 2014 World Microsoft Office Specialist Championship for PowerPoint 2007. Millis is one of six winners from the competition that attracted 400,000 candidates from 130 countries. (July 31, 2014)

Eric Nelson, a social studies teacher at the North Lakes Academy Charter School in Forest Lake, Minn., works at his home office in Minneapolis. Mr. Nelson created a digital game modeled on fantasy football to get students interested in politics and world affairs. He is now trying to monetize his game, working on it at night and on the weekends.
—Jenn Ackerman for Education Week

Ed-Tech Vendors See Hurdles in the K-12 Marketplace

Companies trying to sell ed-tech products to school districts often face significant barriers, including arcane purchasing systems and difficulty reaching decision makers (June 9, 2014)

Cameron Evans, Microsoft’s chief technology officer for U.S. education, says: “Students are not products. We have a long way to go across the industry in getting everyone on board with protecting students’ [data privacy].”
—Swikar Patel/Education Week

Microsoft Puts Data Privacy on Its Branding Agenda

By backing research and speaking out on the topic, the technology giant is encouraging school officials across the country to demand strong student-data privacy. (July 8, 2014)

Schools Set to Adjust to Revamped E-Rate Policies

A new version of the E-rate program will include funding for school and library wireless-technology projects, and phase out support for services that federal officials see as outmoded. (August 1, 2014)

AIR Appeals Pearson's Common-Core Testing Contract in N.M. Court

The American Institutes for Research is seeking to break up a potentially big Common Core online-testing contract that it says was improperly bundled and skewed to favor Pearson. (July 30, 2014)

Federal Data-Privacy Guidelines Urge Better Communication With Parents

New guidance from the U.S. Education Department focuses on transparency, but some advocates want new policies and more accountability. (July 25, 2014)

Teacher Designs App to Help Colleagues 'CYA' During Evaluations

A new app developed by a Pennsylvania teacher lets educators catalog and store classroom evidence that their work is meeting new evaluation standards. (July 21, 2014)

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Digital Advances Reshaping K-12 Testing

(March 10, 2014)

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Desire2Learn, a Canadian-based LMS provider, raised $85 million in Series B funding, bringing its total external investment to $165 million. (08/20 04:29 pm)
Jon Whitmore, a former university president who has been with the ACT since 2010, says he will retire from the testing organization in August of 2015. (08/20 01:22 pm)
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