The number of students taking the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles assessment has more than doubled since it launched three years ago, according to the College Board. Participation among female students and students of color has also increased since its launch as has their achievement on the exam.
Some teachers are receiving classroom supplies and resources from their Amazon wish lists by posting them on Twitter. Kelly Tynan, a special needs teacher in Boston, says she shares more than 200 teachers' lists from her own account.
Seventh-grade students at one Pennsylvania middle-school are using Harry Potter wands to learn coding and complete puzzles on a tablet. Students use their math skills to program the wands before they can do "spells" such as create fireworks on the screen.
The Blickstein Group has produced a milestone in legaltech: its first Legal AI Efficacy Report, which analyzes about 50 tools that employ artificial intelligence. A preview is available in conjunction with ILTACON, with release set for Sept. 23 and quarterly updates thereafter.
Payment processor Headnote has added a tool that provides law firms with a gauge of client satisfaction. At the point of payment, clients are asked "How likely are you to recommend this law firm to a friend or colleague?"
The American Federation of Teachers is suing the federal government over its loan forgiveness program for public service workers. The lawsuit cites increasing debt and a system that it claims is not being properly administered by the Department of Education.
Three US Senators have sent letters to 55 education technology organizations expressing concern about how they compile, manage and use student data. The lawmakers want the organizations to provide details about the use of their software, any data breaches and proof that they are following federal data regulations.
Legal services provider Elevate has agreed to make three of its products available on Reynen Court's app, which was launched with the goal of providing a single platform to manage the products of many legaltech vendors. The Elevate products are Cael BillPrep, for billing; ContraxSuite, for document analytics; and Cael Project, for project management.
Litera Microsystems has added legaltech startup Doxly to its portfolio, where it will join recent acquisition Workshare. BigLaw alumna Haley Altman founded Doxly in the transaction-management space and sold it in a little over three years.
NetPleadings has sold its Conductor document generation platform to Toronto-based MinuteBox. "By integrating [Conductor] features into the current MinuteBox platform, we are now able to offer customers the complete cloud-based end-to-end legal entity management solution they have been asking for," said NetPleadings founder Brian Hunt, who will stay on as technology chief of MinuteBox.
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