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Oculus Rift Fueling New Vision for Virtual Reality in K-12

After decades of false starts and unkept promises, makers of virtual-reality technology could be ready to give students a new and potentially powerful way to learn. (August 26, 2014)

L.A. Schools Chief Halts Apple, Pearson Tech Contract Amid Questions

John Deasy has ordered the rebidding of a massive technology contract awarded to Apple and Pearson, following questions of favoritism in the bidding process. (August 26, 2014)

GlassLab Opens Opportunity for Education-Game Makers

Developers hoping to transform digital learning games from lightweight classroom fun to serious instructional tools could soon have access to new technologies to help make that happen. (August 19, 2014)

Minecraft MOOCs for Teachers Part of Ed-Tech Company's Push Into K-12

Though MOOCs have yet to take off in K-12 schools, Instructure unveiled two new online courses for teachers interested in the popular digital game Minecraft. (August 12, 2014)

Calculating the Academic Return on 'Open' Educational Resources

David Wiley, a supporter for open-educational resources, argues that the "learning outcomes per dollar" from free and open resources tops that of the traditional materials produced by commercial publishers. (August 25, 2014)

K-12 Dealmaking: Blackboard Competitor Desire2Learn Raises $85M

Desire2Learn, a Canadian-based LMS provider, raised $85 million in Series B funding, bringing its total external investment to $165 million. (August 20, 2014)

K-12 Workforce Increasingly Reliant on Non-Teachers, Says Report

Teacher aides, and other non-teaching staff make up a much bigger slice of the K-12 workforce than was the case a generation ago. (August 14, 2014)

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Younger Parents are Less Satisfied With Education Technology, Survey Reports

Survey leaders attribute younger parents' dissatisfaction with K-12 technology to concerns about educators' lack of skill with digital tools. (August 6, 2014)

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Common-Core Math Textbooks to Get Online Ratings

A new organization billing itself as a "Consumer Reports for school materials" will soon begin posting online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to align with the common-core standards. (August 15, 2014)

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Special Ed Week Report: Navigating the Ed-Tech Marketplace

This special report focuses on the educational technology marketplace, including what it looks like, how it works, and the changes that are likely to shape it. (June 9, 2014)

Major Policy Shifts, Economic Forces Shape the Ed-Tech Market

Common-core standards and assessments and healthier local and state budgets are fueling spending by K-12 schools in the multibillion-dollar market for educational technology. (June 9, 2014)

Sales of Chromebooks Rising Rapidly, Fueled by Education Sector

Sales of Chromebooks worldwide have risen by 79 percent from 2013, though they will remain a "niche market" for next few years, according to a new market analysis. (August 12, 2014)

U.S. Ed. Sec. Duncan: Too Much Testing Costs Teachers and Students 'Precious Time'

U.S. Education Secretary identifies bad tests, and too much testing, as key problems, but doesn't provide details yet on what the department might do about them. (August 21, 2014)

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