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Erie Onna Seaster, 3, right, and other children at the Crescent Early Learning Center in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood use an app-based activity earlier this year to support 'high-quality talk' among children, parents, and teachers.
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MacArthur Foundation Launches Nonprofit to Scale Up Digital Learning

The new organization, named Collective Shift, wants to connect schools, businesses, libraries, museums, and city leaders in efforts to build new “ecosystems of learning.” (October 20, 2015)

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12/11 03:05 pm | International Ed-Tech Opportunities, Challenges Focus of Business Forum | At the Education Business Forum, executives learned how the booming use of technology in schools around the world could open doors and stir competition.

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05/20 04:25 pm | Report Urges Changes in State Policies, Funding in Support of 'Personalized Learning' | Rethinking how students accumulate academic credit and supporting "competency-based" learning modules among key prescriptions in an iNACOL report.

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The new organization, named Collective Shift, wants to connect schools, businesses, libraries, museums, and city leaders in efforts to build new “ecosystems of learning.” October 20, 2015 – Education Week
Amid an ongoing debate over the use of student data, K-12 systems have quietly begun linking children's educational records with information from other government agencies. October 19, 2015 – Education Week
As more and more large, well-known companies—such as Home Depot and Target—fall victim to cyberattacks, school districts are realizing they could be next. October 19, 2015 – Education Week
In their indictment of Barbara Byrd-Bennett, federal prosecutors allege the former superintendent steered a $23 million, no-bid contract to her former employers. October 13, 2015 – Education Week
Privacy experts are raising the alarm over what they see as overly aggressive data collection in the company's newly unveiled operating system, Windows 10. October 13, 2015 – Education Week
The beleaguered digital education division that News Corp. invested $1 billion in since 2010 was sold on Sept. 30 to a team of 11 Amplify executives. October 6, 2015 – Education Week
Some in the "maker" movement are looking to start a 1-to-1 trend in schools akin to the push to put a digital device in the hands of every student. October 6, 2015 – Education Week
The social media giant is bringing its engineering talents to the K-12 arena by teaming up with the Summit Public Schools on a personalized learning system. September 15, 2015 – Education Week
In an excerpt from her book The Prize, Dale Russakoff details the backstory of how two public figures attracted an infusion of private money in a bid to transform Newark's flagging schools. September 9, 2015 – Education Week
The creation of an online platform by ed-tech company Knewton marks the most aggressive attempt yet to mix adaptive tools with open content. September 8, 2015 – Education Week

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