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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.


Training on Apple's New Coding Language Now Available

Treehouse, an online digital platform designed to help people learn how to use digital tools, has introduced a series of video courses to teach people how to write code for Swift, the programming language Apple introduced for iOS and OS X development at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June. At the same time, Treehouse introduced an Android app that will provide more access to its more than 1,000 course videos.

Partnership Lets Teachers Adjust Learning Platforms More Easily

A new strategic partnership between Clever and digedu allows a single sign-on to incorporate student information into learning platforms.

Free Software Matches Students with College Choices

Campus Steps is a free matchmaking application that helps students identify appropriate colleges to apply to based on self-reported data, such as academic achievements, assessment scores and future goals.

Contest Seeks Redesign of School Performance Report Cards

A new competition with a $15,000 first prize is kicking off to encourage designers, developers and data experts to reimagine what the American school report card could be.

American Public: Make Teachers Apprentice for a Year

The American public has some very specific opinions about how teachers can become better at their jobs in helping K-12 students learn, according to a new survey from PDK and Gallup.

Report: 40 Percent of Wristworn Devices Will Be Smartwatches by 2016

Forty percent of all devices worn on the wrist will be smartwatches by 2016, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner. That prediction follows a swell in the smartwatches available to consumers as the number of companies offering the devices has increased from just two a year ago to seven with a device either currently on the market or about to ship.

Lake County School District Saves $1 Million, Adds a Week of Instruction Time by Adjusting Bells

Lake County enlisted the help of Amplify School by Design (SxD), a software and consulting service designed to increase school efficiency and quality, which determined that the district could add instructional time by shifting the first and last bells of the day.

Kansas Gives All Residents Free Access to Britannica E-Books

The State Library of Kansas is adding 500 plus e-books in many of the core subjects like language arts and science for K-5 students, which will be available to residents across the state.

'Operation Play' Intros Game-Based Learning to Teachers

An education game-maker has rousted nine other organizations focused on game-based learning to jointly introduce Operation Play, a weeklong initiative to give educators ideas for introducing games into their classrooms.

Survey: Admissions Officers, High School Students Differ on Support for Coming SAT Changes

Kaplan Test Prep, a major provider of test preparation products for the SAT exam and others, recently asked college admissions officers and high school students what they thought of the upcoming changes to the test. The company found that admissions officers were generally more supportive of the modifications than the students, and the difference of opinion surfaced in several areas.

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