Finally, it’s time to dance.

Much like EdTech, March Madness is all about doing your research, learning as much as you can, and applying knowledge. Be it in your bracket or your inbox, knowing the most relevant and important information, in March Madness or in EdTech, is fundamental to understanding how you can advance as a learner on and off the court. This week we’re serving up the top EdTech news for you to go above the rim and beyond. Alley-oop!

Blended Schools & Tools

1. Top Pick. The ROCI released their latest publication Technology and Rural Education that looks at the promise that technology holds for rural schools. Looking for the lastest on how EdTech impacts rural students? This should be your go to pick.

    2. Power Forward. It’s been busy week for Fuel Education, Getting Smart Advocacy Partner with the the addition of 70 new high school courses to their online catalogue, and their teamwork with Middlebury Interactive Languages to launch a suite of English Language Learner focused instructional materials

Digital Developments

3. Tallying Up. The Algebra Readiness Challenge from ItemWriters, is inviting educators to create a collection of 10 items using their CoreSpring Authoring Tools to support fellow educators to better help students identify their strengths and weaknesses.

4. Perfect Practice Makes Perfect. A new grant from Boeing for MIND Research Partner, Getting Smart Advocacy Partner, will provide specialized professional development to 160 teachers at nine schools in Huntington Beach City School District.

Leading Leaders

5. Smart Coaches. EdLeaders need to prepare as much as, and often more than, the educators they support. This week, as part of our Preparing Leaders for Deeper Learning series, we shared insights and resources from some of the best in the game.

Dollars & Deals

6. Buckets. FiftyThree has raised $30 million in new financing from New Enterprise Associates to pivot their focus towards education users.

7. The Score Sheet. Market Research Reports estimated that the LMS market in the US will grow at a CAGR of 23.20% through 2019. This reflects the opportunity to create impact at scale that we’ve examined in our Learning Platform Series where we’ve been reviewing leading platforms. Expect reviews of leading LMS Getting Smart Advocacy Partners like Canvas by Instructure and Buzz by Agilix very soon.

Let’s Get Personalized

8. The Playbook. Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts, a new report from CompetencyWorks emphasized five fundamental conditions required for schools and districts to shift to personalized learning models.

Teachers & Tech-ers

9. Pep Talking. Professional learning webinars designed to inform district leaders on ed trends was launched by Discovery Education. Dubbed Inside :30, the free webinars feature discussions by thought leaders on EdTech, leadership strategies, and pedagogical practices.

The Big “D”

10. Open Practice. The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) launched EdPolicy Leaders Online a new resource to help education policymakers better understand and implement education reform efforts. These Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) feature nearly 40 experts across the education landscape.

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