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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.


2 Districts Take Home Broad Prize for Urban Education, $500,000 Each

In an historic first, two districts have won the annual Broad Prize for Urban Education and will split $1 million in prize money, to be divvied up as college scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

iBoss MobileEther Now Supports Apple's Device Enrollment Program

Apple DEP streamlines MDM for institutionally owned devices, and integration with MobileEther adds an additional layer of security by transparently binding each device with user-specific Web and application security policies.

Pennsylvania Pilots School Flex Days

The state of Pennsylvania is making a foray into a new program that will allow schools to offer "flexible instructional days," in which students won't have to attend school in person in order for the work to count towards instructional days.

Next XPrize Aims for Worldwide Student Literacy

The Newest XPrize will award one team $10 million to develop the most effective software and content for helping children around the world teach themselves how to read, write and do arithmetic.

Microsoft Certification Exams Now Available Online

A partnership between Pearson VUE and Micrsoft will allow those who do not want to travel to a testing center to take certification exams from their homes or offices.

U California OKs Fuel Education Online Courses as Prerequisites for Entry

The University of California has said 95 online and blended courses produced by Fuel Education satisfy requirements for prerequisites for entry as freshmen.

Pearson PowerSchool Adds LearnSprout Data Dashboard

Pearson has partnered with LearnSprout to make the startup's analytics dashboard available in the PowerSchool student information system through the PowerSchool independent software vendor partner program.

Assessment Tracker Adds Curricular Resources To Aid Struggling Learners

A new partnership between SAS Curriculum Pathways and SchoolCity’s STARS assessment and data management software lets teacher and student users of the latter access the former’s digital resources to bring students up to speed.

Education Performance Standards Vary Among States by as Much as Four Grade Levels

According to a new study by the American Institutes for Research, the states reporting the highest percentage of proficient students have the lowest performance standards.

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.

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