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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.


Student Reading Practices Lag Far Behind National Goals

As new learning standards put more emphasis on getting students to be able to read and analyze non-fiction text, a new report suggests that classrooms have a long way to go.

Amplify Introduces a System to Personalize PD

The system starts with a diagnostic survey to help educators analyze their instructional practices. Based on the survey results, interactive maps show each educator his or her areas of strength and need.

ClearOne Rolls Out PTZ Camera for Collaboration

ClearOne has introduced the UNITE PTZ Camera, a high-resolution 1080p60 video camera that can connect directly to any PC or laptop through USB 3.0.

D2L Upgrades Brightspace with Game-Based Learning Service

D2L has updated its Brightspace learning management platform with improved support for end users and game-based learning.

Hour of Code This Week Set To Engage Students in Computer Science

The initiative by Code.org to stimulate students' interest in computer science may involve as many as 15 million people around the world.

Want Competency Ed? Change Teacher Policies First

Districts and schools that want to implement a competency-based learning environment would do well first to focus on educators' skills as well as the policies that could hold them back from success. So asserts a new paper from school improvement nonprofit KnowledgeWorks and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

PARCC Assessments Begin in Six States

High school students in states that use “block scheduling” will take paper-based versions of the tests during the month of December.

Illinois District Partners with Northwestern U on Hour of Code Activities

Northwestern University has partnered with Evanston/Skokie School District 65 on an initiative to introduce students to programming in conjunction with the Hour of Code.

New York City Public Schools Dive into Data with Lotto Numbers

High school students in New York City Public Schools will begin learning data literacy this month through the new City Digits project, which aims to promote civic engagement among youth while teaching data collection and analysis skills.

Arizona District To Use Online Intervention Plan Builder With Autistic Students

Special education teachers in Maricopa, AZ, will be able to use an online behavior intervention plan builder to create individualized programs for students.