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


Free Community College Proposal Gets Thumbs-Up — at Least on Facebook

President Obama chose a 9,700-student community college in Tennessee to make a dual proposal that he'll be taking to Congress in a couple of weeks: first, that students receive free community college; and second, that government help expand technical training programs by giving grants to those programs that show success.

Research: Facebook Most Popular Social Network, Others Gaining

Facebook continues to be the most widely used social network among online adults, according to a new survey from the University of Michigan School of Information and the Pew Research Center.

Obama Proposes Student Digital Privacy Act

Modeled on California’s Student Online Personal Information Protection Act, the federal legislation would prevent companies from selling student data to third parties for purposes unrelated to education and from engaging in targeted advertising to students based on data collected in school.

NCLB: Groups Urge Curtailing of Standardized Tests; Duncan Unmoved

Even as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is pushing to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB), he's standing against calls to curtail standardized testing in this country. Duncan made his remarks at Seaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C. during a speech on the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Versal Course Authoring Tool Adds Chrome App, LTI Compatibility

Versal has added a Chrome app and learning tools interoperability to its course creation tool, also called Versal.

STI Offers Free Teacher Version of Learning Earnings Incentive Program

STI, a provider of education data management solutions for K-12, has launched a free teacher version of its online student achievement platform, Learning Earnings.

Free Workshops in Data Collection Technology Available This Spring

Vernier Software & Technology will offer 34 free workshops throughout the country for educators interested in using data-collection technology in their classes.

AdvancED Launches Student-Focused Classroom Observation Tool

AdvancED has launched eleot, a student-focused classroom observation tool designed to help improve student engagement.

Durant ISD Implements New Student Information System

Durant Independent School District in Oklahoma has selected a new student information system and the new system will go live in the summer of 2015.

New Digital Math Textbook Incorporates Inquiry-Based Learning

Discovery Education has introduced the Math Techbook for middle and high school students.