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.
The i3D Creatives Launchpad curriculum is the first of what its creator says will be a series that introduces students of all ages to 3D printing.
SchoolInfoApp has updated its mobile app to include a student ID badge and digital hall passes.
Cengage Learning has integrated its Gale Artemis: Primary Sources tool with its e-learning platform, MindTap.
Udemy has launched the Teacher Tech Initiative, a program designed to make computer technology courses available to K-12 teachers in the United States for free and at reduced cost.
Edmentum has added the subject of computing to its EducationCity preK-6 learning program.
This year's top priorities among IT leadership in K-12 are assessment readiness, wireless access and mobile learning, in that order. Those are the same priorities as last year, with the difference that wireless beat out mobile learning. Those and a number of other findings surfaced during this year's K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a professional association for school and district IT leaders.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A new report from two organizations that focus on converting schools and districts to the use of blended learning and the competency model lays out a roadmap to help school leaders begin the transformation.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
New data from the United States Department of Education shows that from 2011 to 2013, graduation rates for American Indian, Hispanic and black students increased by 4.7 percent, 4.2 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively.
In consultation with the FCC and in response to a request from the country’s largest school districts, the Universal Service Administration Company has extended the E-rate application window for this fiscal year by three weeks.
- By Christopher Piehler
The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) now offers free, on-demand children's television programming for students with visual or hearing disabilities through its Accessible Television Portal project.