Google announced a number of enhancements to its Google Classroom tool. Among the enhancements are API updates that streamline integration with third party apps. Now, third party apps can add and modify student coursework. This brings native Classwork functions to 3rd party apps.
The US Department of Education has issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the use of APIs in higher education data, student aid programs and processes. The goal of the RFI is to gather ideas that will increase the openness of higher education data, processes, and aid to students and families. The RFI is directed towards all interested parties, and submissions will be accepted through June 2, 2014.
The NYC Department of Education has announced the Gap App Challenge. The Challenge developed out of the Innovate NYC Schools initiative. The initiative includes a community of 250 schools that search for and implement new models of teaching and learning.