Austin Independent School District Selects IXL to Support Classroom Instruction and Distance Learning

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IXL Learning , the K-12 personalized learning platform used by 11 million students, today announced a three-year agreement with Austin Independent School District to bring its adaptive software to approximately 70,000 students. IXL’s impact in Texas. About IXL Learning.

Renaissance Learning to Acquire Nearpod in Blockbuster $650M All-Cash Deal

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Renaissance Learning , a provider of K-12 software and assessments, including the widely used STAR tests, has agreed to acquire Nearpod for $650 million. If cleared, Renaissance Learning will add nearly 300 staff from Nearpod and have a combined headcount of roughly 1,500.

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TenMarks Shutdown Leaves Teachers Wanting, Competitors Circling

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Its parent company, 3P Learning, promises to price-match on districts’ most recent TenMarks contract. Freckle , a math education provider that was recently acquired by Renaissance Learning, published a blog post in April 2018, just days after TenMarks announced it would be shutting down, positioning itself as a strong alternative for districts. Across the district’s elementary and middle schools, Yakima had about 8,400 students on the program for the last three years.

Educators on Artificial Intelligence: Here's the One Thing it Can't Do Well

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Kasey Bell, a digital learning consultant and former Texas teacher, choose to go for the former: “AI [is] defined as machines with the ability or intelligence to complete tasks on their own and make intelligent decisions.” Amongst these eight educators, edtech software such as IXL Learning and i-Ready both get lumped in with Amazon’s Alexa in the same AI bucket, despite the fact that a tool like IXL doesn’t theoretically become smarter over time as a user interacts with it.