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. Looking for more in-depth coverage of important topics? Be sure to visit our Features page.


TeachPoint Launches Professional Development Tracking Tool

TeachPoint has launched the Professional Development Tracking Tool, a solution designed to track, manage and streamline the PD process for schools.

Report: Proficiency Standards and Student Assessments Vary Between States

Proficiency standards and student assessments vary significantly from state to state, according to the latest report from the National Center for Education Statistics.

HMH Teacher Survey Shows Strong Tech Adoption

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has launched a new annual report, the HMH Educator Confidence Report, with an inaugural release that finds strong digital adoption among educators.

Massachusetts District Aims To Improve Efficiency with New SIS

Newton Public Schools is adopting a new student information system in an effort to improve efficiency and student outcomes.

Lawmakers Tout New Legislation to Make Community College Free for Eligible Students

The soon-to-be-introduced America’s College Promise Act of 2015 would make two years of community college free for eligible students, and provide what proponents are calling an affordable pathway for low-income students to a four-year college degree.

Study: Smartphones Without Directed Learning Activities May Be Detrimental to Learning

First-time smartphone users in a recent study found that phones were actually detrimental to their ability to learn, leading researchers to conclude that "providing access to a smartphone, without specific directed learning activities, may actually be detrimental to the overall learning process."

iNACOL Offers Lessons for Successful Blended Learning Implementations

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning has released a new report, Blended Learning: The Evolution of Online and Face-to-Face Education from 2008-2015, that examines the history of blended learning and offers a range of implementation insights through several case studies.

Vernier Wireless Link Connects Scientific Sensors to Mobile Devices

Students can use the device to help them collect and analyze data from more than 40 different sensors.

Google Updates Classroom With User and Developer Tools

New features include an API; a button that allows teacher to share links, videos and images; and mobile notifications in the iOS and Android apps.

U Colorado Boulder Hosts Photo Origami STEM Workshops for K-12 Students

The University of Colorado Boulder is hosting STEM workshops focused on its photo origami research for K-12 students and teachers.

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