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  • MIND Research Debuts InsightMath Neuroscience-Based Program

    MIND Research Institute, creators 25 years ago of ST Math, a neuroscience-based preK–8 math learning program, announced this week the debut of its new program, InsightMath, a core elementary math curriculum.

  • How Aptitude Assessments Provide Data-Driven Direction to Educators and Help Students See Brighter Futures

    Aptitude assessments are helpful both at the upper levels of curriculum decision-making and at the granular level with students. Educators and guidance counselors can see the gaps in so-called “career exposure” — for example where students have innate talents or aptitudes but no career interest indicates they may need more information about career possibilities — and the assessments help schools better tailor courses and programs in high school to the career paths that students show talents in and wish to explore as a possible future job.

  • Rave Mobile Safety to Provide Anonymous Tip App to All Oklahoma Public and Charter Schools

    Rave Mobile Safety, which provides safety communication solutions to education and industry, announced it has partnered with all Oklahoma public and charter schools to provide its AppArmor anonymous tip program made possible by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The Oklahoma School Safety Institute and Oklahoma School Division made the decision to use the program for the remainder of the grant period until the end of 2023.

  • Vector Solutions Adds Cybersecurity Courses to Online Training for Schools

    Vector Solutions, a company that provides education and industry training courses, announced it has added eight new courses to its stable of education courses for K–12 schools. The courses address key areas of cybersecurity awareness for education leaders and employees and include topics such as creating a cybersecurity culture, preventing social engineering attacks, laws and compliance, best practices, and more. Information about the courses will be available starting Oct. 1, 2022.

  • New Data: Nearly Half of Schools Providing Home Internet Access to Students Who Need It This School Year

    Survey results released today by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics shows that as of the start of the 2022–23 school year, almost half of K–12 public schools reported providing internet access to students who need it at their homes, and almost three quarters are providing training on digital literacy for their students.

  • Federal Appeals Court Ruling Means Class-Action Suits Over Data Breaches No Longer Require Proof of Actual Harm

    As ransomware attacks targeting the education sector grab more headlines every week, a new ruling from a federal appeals court has further lowered the bar for people whose data is breached and leaked on the dark web to sue the organizations where the data was compromised, and educational institutions, public schools, and ed tech providers should take heed, an expert warns.

  • New Leadership Roles Announced for Yang, Ware, Cafiero, Beckerman, Lee, Charland, Jones, Mathews, Stimpson

    People on the Move in K–12 education for September are ParentSquare’s Jim Yang; Newsela’s Derrick Ware, Holly Cafiero, Igor Beckerman, and Gloria Lee; Phil Charland at SchoolStatus; Dwight D. Jones at the Institute for Education Innovation; Scholastic’s Jeffrey Mathews; and Jennifer Stimpson at T.D. Jakes Foundation.

  • 7 Questions about SchoolStatus with CEO Russ Davis

    THE Journal’s “7 Questions: Ed Tech Explainer” series gives ed tech leaders an opportunity to summarize their solution(s), explain how their product helps educators and schools, and give a quick overview for K–12 decision-makers — sort of an extended (but not too extended) elevator pitch. For this installment, SchoolStatus Founder and CEO Russ Davis explains how SchoolStatus works in a school tech ecosystem, how it helps educators and students, and how it's pivoted over the past year.

  • A Cybersecurity Firm Assessed a State's Entire Education System, Finding Thousands of Security Risks

    Cyber Security Works, an IT risk management company and partner agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, recently conducted an assessment of an entire state’s public education system, analyzing the security posture across 180 school districts and charter schools, and it found 2,221 potential IT security problems, including scores of vulnerabilities known to have been weaponized by cyber criminals.

  • Grammarly Rolls Out New Features to Make Citations Easier

    Grammarly has added two features to its AI-powered writing assistance software, aiming to help students writing research papers use citations correctly: citation style formatting and auto citations.

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