K-12 Educational Technology News

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


Kurzweil 3000-firefly Literacy Software Adds Tools for Struggling Learners

Kurzweil Education has released an expanded version of its literacy tool, Kurzweil 3000-firefly, adding in new features for students with dyslexia and students who are English language learners, among several other enhancements.

End High School Exit Exams in Light of Common Core, Researchers Argue

High school exit exams may increase dropouts among vulnerable students, hinder college success and even negatively impact earnings for those who join the workforce immediately after high school. That's the bad news. The worse news, according to a new report, is that the exit exam situation is becoming legally, politially and academically more complex and burdensome for schools and students as Common Core assessents are transitioned in.

Snapwiz Debuts Free, Web-Based Formative Assessment Platform

With Edulastic, teachers can create standards-aligned formative assessments with interactive, free-form questions defined by Smarter Balanced and PARCC.

Resource Sharing Platform Like Searchable Dropbox for Education

Andover Learning launches a new searchable education resources platform for teachers.

SoftChalk Updates Create with E-Book Builder

SoftChalk has launched the latest version of its content authoring tool, Create 9, with a new e-book builder tool and other new features.

Social Media Tool Monitors for Potential Problems

A technology company in Halifax is testing software that analyzes social media commentary to identify potential risks worth alerting law enforcement and schools about.

FCC Vote Approves $1 Billion for Broadband, Defers Discussion of Raising Funding Cap

In response to pushback from educators and private organizations, the FCC added a "safety valve" feature to its reforms, guaranteeing that poor and rural schools relying on external broadband do not lose out.

AT&T Contributes $50,000 to Pennsylvania STEM Programs

In support of education focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, AT&T has contributed $25,000 each to two Pennsylvania Governor's School programs at Lehigh University and Carnegie Mellon.

Scantron and Curriculum Advantage Partner to Offer Personalized Instruction

The partnership integrates Scantron's Performance Series and Achievement Series assessment solutions with Classworks.

Desire2Learn Adds ShareStream Media Management

Desire2Learn has partnered with ShareStream to integrate the company's asynchronous video tools into its learning platform.

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