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In Massachusetts the ed tech industry supports 25,000 jobs in 430 companies, making the state a leader in the ed tech space, according to LearnLaunch’s first Massachusetts Ed tech Workforce Report.






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Penn State University is testing Beam robots that allow remote students to participate on campus. (Photo: Penn State)

Students taking a geography class at Penn State University might find themselves sitting next to a robot instead of just their peers. The school is running a pilot program involving Suitable Technologies’ Beam robots.






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A chatbot, or artificial intelligence tutor, is a computer program designed to simulate an intelligent conversation with one or more humans via auditory or textual means. As chatbots become smarter and more capable of understanding figurative language and solving more complex problems, they become more useful in fields such as education.






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The E-Rate program, which has provided $25 billion in subsidies since 1996 to schools from the Federal government for broadband, internal wiring, and networking equipment, hasn’t correlated with increased test scores among students in North Carolina, a recent study shows.






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In March, the Watkins Glen (N.Y.) School District furnished its 18 buses with Wi-Fi access. Students involved in Watkins Glen High School’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program use their bus rides home, which can last up to 45 minutes, to do homework.






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Members of Generation Z might still be in middle and high school, but they are already thinking about college. Barnes & Noble surveyed Generation Zers, who shared their thoughts on everything from how they prefer to study to their thoughts on education technology.






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