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.

The FREE education browser for your iPad via @TheRoverApp to view Flash Content!

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Rover is targeted towards enhancing the K-12 education experience, bringing the best online learning content to your iPad- including access to content ordinarily available on the Apple tablet (e.g. Rover can transform your classroom into a fun, easy to use, and exciting learning lab! In terms of partners, Discovery, IXL Learning, Alfiesoft and Math Playground have joined up to with Rover to provide top quality content for free to schools.

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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.