Builtin: 31 edtech companies taking learning to the next level

Builtin: 31 edtech companies taking learning to the next level. “When you think of educational technology, do you picture a classroom full of teens immersed in their tablets—perhaps dissecting cyber-rats? That happens, no doubt, but edtech goes beyond K-12 classroom engagement tools, and plays an increasingly crucial role in the educational experience.”

Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington DC: Mayor Bowser Launches EdScape Beta, A New Planning Tool for Public Education

Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia: Mayor Bowser Launches EdScape Beta, A New Planning Tool for Public Education. “Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn released EdScape Beta, a powerful new planning tool that provides information about the landscape of DC’s public schools and students. EdScape Beta will support policymakers, agencies, and schools in making data-driven decisions to inform and support programs and school planning.”

Shabelle Media Network: Somalia Cancels National Exams After Vast Social Media Leaks

Shabelle Media Network: Somalia Cancels National Exams After Vast Social Media Leaks. “The National secondary exams in Somalia have been canceled by authorities after papers were leaked on social media platforms, the Minister of Education confirmed late Monday.”

Inside Higher Ed: New Database of Teaching and Learning Centers Nationwide

Insider Higher Ed: New Database of Teaching and Learning Centers Nationwide. “Centers for teaching and learning at institutions across the U.S. will be easier than ever to find and contact, thanks to a new interactive tool from the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network.”

EurekAlert: Finnish school students outperform US students on ‘fake news’ digital literacy tasks

EurekAlert: Finnish school students outperform US students on ‘fake news’ digital literacy tasks. “A recent study revealed students at an international school in Finland significantly outperformed U.S. students on tasks which measure digital literacy in social media and online news. The researchers suggest this may be due to the Finnish and International Baccalaureate curricula’s different way of facilitating students’ critical thinking skills compared to the US system and curriculum. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Research in International Education in April.”

Average teacher pay, textbook funding, class sizes: NC debuts new school finances website (WRAL)

WRAL: Average teacher pay, textbook funding, class sizes: NC debuts new school finances website. “The site debuted Thursday and shows financial info for every school system in the state, including average teacher salaries, textbook funding and class sizes. Similar to the state’s School Report Card website, the new dashboard will allow state and local leaders, researchers, news media, community members, and educators and parents to learn more about the funding that goes into, and is spent on, the state’s K-12 public schools.”

Georgia Archives Virtual Vault: Historic Schools Photograph Collection

Georgia Archives Virtual Vault: Historic Schools Photograph Collection. “The Historic Schools Photograph Collection contains approximately 1,800 images taken by the Georgia Department of Education in the 1950s. The images show Georgia primary and secondary public schools that were scheduled for demolition. The collection includes both white and African American schools from across the state.”