K-12 Educational Technology News

All news articles from the THE Journal editorial team, in chronological order.


Cost of WiFi in Schools: $800 Million per Year

A new analysis of America's schools shows that it will cost $800 million per year to bring high-speed broadband to 99 percent of the student population, one of the goals of the Obama administration's ConnectED initiative.

Upgraded MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach Comes With a Money-Back Guarantee

MindPlay guarantees schools that 90 percent of students will gain at least two grade levels of improvement in reading when using MVRC four days a week for 30 minutes each day — or the company will refund their purchase.

Beleaguered ConnectEDU Faces Data Decision in Bankruptcy Efforts

In an April blog entry on its site, education technology company ConnectEDU defended the use of data "to progress students toward true success in their education and careers." Now the company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the end of April, faces the wrath of the Federal Trade Commission, which has publicly expressed concern about how ConnectEDU will handle the student data it has compiled over the last 12 years of operation.

K-12 Schools Get Free Cloud-Based GIS Mapping Software

Esri today reported it's committing up to $1 billion in free accounts for its cloud-based GIS mapping software, hosted through Amazon Web Services. Amazon said it's committing AWS resources for three years to support the effort for all schools that participate.

Aleratec Introduces New Charge/Sync Cabinet

Designed and engineered for educational environments, the new 16-tablet cabinet includes integrated USB ports for charging and syncing.

6 Technologies That Will Have a Major Impact on K-12 Education

What do learning analytics and wearable gadgets have in common? They're both technologies that will have a have an important impact on K-12 education within the next few years, according to a new report released last week.

Pre-Algebra Intervention TransMath Goes Digital in the Cloud

Voyager Sopris Learning is releasing a digital version of its math program TransMath for students in grades 5-10 meant for introduction into classrooms as early as next fall.

Report Questions Future Relevance of Formal Education

Can formal education remain relevant in the long term? That's one of six critical challenges facing schools identified in a new report examining the impact of technology on education.

California District To Save $2 Million with Solar Power

California's Rosedale Union School District is launching a solar power initiative projected to save more than $2 million over the course of 20 years.

District Adopts Career Guidance Service To Address New Texas Ed Requirement

A Texas school district is piloting an application to help its students prepare for careers just in time to address revisions to high school graduation requirements that mandate similar practices.

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