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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. Under Francisco’s ownership, Renaissance has been pursuing acquisitions to bring other education technologies under its fold.

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.” Take Kristopher Hupp, a director of technology and instructional innovation from a Pennsylvania district. Not so fast argues Chris Gosselin, a Digital Learning Coach at Sanborn Elementary School. Education Technology Surveys Research