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K-12 Technology News

Here you'll find the latest news from the education technology world, from the newest hardware and software releases to policy and funding updates to research reports to school and district tech initiatives.


Common Core 'Brand' Finally Recognized, and 6 in 10 Don't Like It

Although the Common Core State Standards have become a true "brand" recognized by 81 percent of Americans (way up from just 38 percent last year), most people don't favor the idea of teachers using them to guide what's taught. In fact, six out of 10 oppose the idea of teachers using the standards, which are currently being adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia.

Reading Intervention Updates Big for Digital and Common Core

Passport Reading Journeys, a literacy intervention for middle and high schoolers, is getting an overhaul in order to focus more on digital capabilities and states’ beefed up ELA standards.

Ohio School District Achieves 90-Percent Parent Participation in Online Registration

In its second year with an InfoSnap cloud-based registration system, Fairview Park City Schools have reduced their paperwork load and started the school year better prepared to help students.

North Carolina District Teams with Knovation on Digital Curriculum

In a unique business arrangement a North Carolina district is sharing its Common Core curriculum with an education technology company that delivers digital learning resources that work with those materials, thereby expecting to generate up to $150,000 in revenue during the first year of the partnership.

Palm Beach County SD Deploys Procurement Software

Palm Beach County School District has launched a new procurement solution as part of the school district's New Marketplace initiative.

MIT Offers STEM Summer Institute for Middle School Students

Students entering grades 6-9 in the Boston, Cambridge and Lawrence, MA area recently had an opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and math concepts as part of a STEM Summer Institute offered by MIT's Office of Engineering Outreach Programs.

ED and HHS Open $250 Million Competitive Grant Program for Preschool Funding

States have just two months to put together proposals for building or expanding preschool programs in order to compete for some of the $250 million the feds are making available in a new Preschool Development Grants program.

ED Requests Feedback on Research Centers

The Department of Education has issued a call for feedback on the work of two Institute of Education Science research centers. The centers will use the feedback to plan their future work.

Widespread 3D Printing in Classrooms Still a Decade Out

While schools have slowly begun adopting 3D printing technologies, mainstream adoption in education and among consumers is still a long way off, according to a new analysis.

8 Middle Schools Receive Thousands of Tablets From Digital Promise

Nonprofit Digital Promise is donating thousands of tablets, along with specialized PD, to eight middle schools across the country through a Verizon Foundation grant.