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Teachers’ use of a variety of digital tools and platforms, from learning management systems to free and open resources, has risen over the past year, a new survey finds.
The Education Department said the resource-sharing hub became reliant on “rapidly aging technologies,” though it hopes other public and private sector innovations spring from the project.
YouTube is inviting individual content-creators and organizations to apply for a portion of $20 million to fashion educational content.
In this week’s dealmaking news, Wonderschool, a platform aims to help experienced educators and childcare providers start and run their own in-home businesses, raised $20 million, and littleBits, a provider of technology kits for kids, has acquired DIY Co., an operator of online educational services for kids and their families.
A major Maryland district has put forward an RFP for online assessments in math, and a school system in Virginia is planning to purchase a human-resources management system.
A Texas district is looking for an online instructional program in elementary schools, and a Tennessee school system wants a digital literacy platform, while a Virginia district needs special education services.
Technology, access to information, and broad societal shifts such as immigration pose many challenges to districts, and the private sector can help schools adjust, said Dwight Carter, the author of “Leading Schools in Disruptive Times.”
Chinese English language education company VIPKID raised $500 million. Also, Microsoft acquired classroom video platform Flipgrid.
Foreign investment presents opportunities to expand reach, but U.S. education businesses should set clear expectations for international deals, experts say.