Industry News
EdTech
Top stories summarized by our editors
1/24/2022

Schools face a growing risk of cyber threats, yet many are not proactively thwarting them, says Eileen Belastock, the director of technology and information for the Nauset public schools in Massachusetts. School leaders must become well-versed in common cyberattacks, such as phishing scams and ransomware, and then educate teachers and staff on such threats, experts say.

1/24/2022

ByteDance is looking to TikTok to counter slowing growth within China and plans to build on the platform's nearly $4 billion in 2021 ad revenue by expanding global teams, according to Wall Street Journal sources. Ad Age sources say Nick Tran's recent departure as global head of marketing points to a shift away from "marketing stunts" and toward efforts more closely aligned with brand goals such as influencer relationships.

More Summaries:
TikTok
1/24/2022

Teachers can help middle- and high-school students think critically to determine whether websites have credible information, writes Amie Weinberg, teacher-mentor program director. In this article, Weinberg shares questions to help students evaluate a website, determine its qualifications and identify its purpose.

Full Story:
Edutopia
More Summaries:
Weinberg
1/24/2022

The Omicron variant has removed rural schools' pandemic advantage of isolation, and the politicization of the virus has made it harder for their districts to get buy-in on mask-wearing, quarantines and other safety efforts, school officials say. David Little of the Rural Schools Association of New York State says the problem is exacerbated by fewer available resources, such as chain stores that offer testing.

Full Story:
K-12 Dive
1/24/2022

The emergence of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 has some schools looking to buy high-quality masks for students and staff. Districts seeking N95 and KN95 masks are reporting challenges, including shipping delays, concerns about counterfeit merchandise along with the cost for the more expensive masks.

Full Story:
Education Week
1/21/2022

A group of North Dakota high-school students who are enrolled in an information technology career pathway program are working under the name "Saber Cybers" to repair and install technology for schools and their classmates. For example, the school district recently purchased projectors, which the students will install in schools throughout the district.

1/21/2022

Elementary-school students in Fredonia, N.Y., are showing progress in reading with the help of an online curriculum that adjusts lessons to meet the needs of a specific student, monitors progress and alerts teachers to real-time progress as it covers areas such as vocabulary, phonics and comprehension, Superintendent Brad Zilliox says. The district piloted the i-Ready Reading curriculum for a year before fully implementing it this year.

1/20/2022

Ebook and audiobook checkouts are up at public libraries, but librarians say they need better access to digital titles and prices that are set at "reasonable terms." American Library Association executive Alan Inouye says "there needs to be a coming together on a discussion on what are reasonable terms."

1/20/2022

Bismarck Public Schools in North Dakota are using a new language assistant app to help overcome language barriers between school staff and parents. The Interactive Language Assistant pilot program is intended to support parents who speak limited English.

1/20/2022

New public libraries in the US and other countries are distinguished by their natural light, unique designs and amenities such as recording studios and teaching kitchens, writes The Washington Post editorial board. These libraries are well-positioned to serve their communities during the pandemic and in the future, the board writes.