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Articles by Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the eSchool News Managing Editor. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Laura interned at eSchool Media while attending UMD, and upon graduating, Laura was lucky enough to join the eSchool Media team. She enjoys covering mobile and handheld technologies, BYOD trends, equity in broadband access, and special education. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, boating, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura

Mass. teacher finds success with flipped model

The flipped instructional model, though not yet mainstream, is still gaining fans in classrooms across the country, some stakeholders say At Memorial Middle School in Fitchburg, Mass., science teacher Christopher Landry…

PBS KIDS launches game-creation tool and online world

PBS KIDS has launched Kart Kingdom, the children’s media brand’s first-ever online world. Now available at, Kart Kingdom features a collection of fun, curriculum-based games that help kids ages…

Swivl adds live conferencing to collaborative cloud platform

Ed-tech video provider Swivl announced on April 14 the debut of its new live conferencing solution with robotic telepresence, Swivl Cloud Live. Swivl's robotic video capture solution, the Swivl Robot, and…

Ontario district implements cloud-based LMS Edsby

Edsby, a cloud-based education engagement platform that connects K-12 students, teachers, and parents using smartphones, tablets, and the web, has been selected by Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPRDSB)…

Senate to tackle NCLB update

A proposed updated to the Elemetary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) would strengthen state and local control and end federal test-based accountability. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee…

Science, math, art valued more than technology in poll

Providing computers to public school students is important to California voters, but not as crucial as other factors affecting education, including a more intense focus on math, science and the…

edWeb launches video site for on-demand PD, a professional learning and social network for the education community, is launching edWeb.TV, a PD-on-demand service that lets educators search and view edWeb's archive of more than 500 professional…

Scholastic opens Summer Reading Challenge

Scholastic has launched student pre-registration (K-8th grades) for its 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge at Now in its ninth year, this free, global reading program motivates children to read for…

New tool aids game-based learning integration

RGS, a business unit of Avnet, Inc., has introduced the RGS Classroom Game Server (CGS), a new high-performance digital learning system designed to enable school districts to affordably integrate game-based…

Faster learning progress seen in first Common Core state

Results from the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards—Kentucky—show that students with more exposure to the standards “made faster progress in learning” than peers who followed the…

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