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.

Nearpod to Be Acquired by Renaissance

Renaissance is adding to its portfolio of ed tech companies with the acquisition of Nearpod.

New Online School Offers AI Courses for Ages 7–18

A company has begun publishing online courses to help students learn about artificial intelligence. AI World School, launched by a company that produces robotics products for education, has developed a set of classes appropriate for three age ranges: 7 to 10, 11 to 13 and 14 and older.

Distribution Deal Will Expand Reach for Learning with Climate Action Kit

A Canadian company that has created a kit to help students do climate projects" has found a distributor that will make it available in other countries too. InkSmith has signed a global distribution agreement to sell its Climate Action Kit with Farnell, which distributes electronic components.

Preschoolers Losing Learning Opportunities in Pandemic

K-12 students aren't the only ones who have experienced learning loss due to the pandemic. According to new research, children ages 3 to 5 have also lost important learning opportunities over the last year.

Electric School Buses to Add WiFi

Starting now, electric school buses from IC Bus, a subsidiary of Navistar, will be adding WiFi as a standard feature, in a new agreement with Kajeet, a company that produces devices for internet access in education.

New Push Made for FCC to Add Funding for Cybersecurity to E-rate

A group of K-12 organizations has banded together to urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to incorporate cybersecurity purchases into the E-rate program.

G Suite for Ed Gets New Name and Pile of New Features

Google announced a spate of changes to its education offerings, including a renaming of its education bundle of productivity applications and a limit to free storage for schools and colleges.

Cybersecurity Training Elusive in K–12

K-12 educators haven't, for the most part, received basic cybersecurity training. Just 43 percent said their schools had provided such training, while 48 percent said they hadn't and eight percent said they didn't know or weren't sure.

Google Expects 40 New Chromebooks This Year

Google just announced that the education world would see 40 new Chromebooks along with accessibility improvements during this year.

Microsoft Immersive Reader Now Freely Available in Canvas LMS

Instructure, which produces the learning management system Canvas, recently announced that it is making Immersive Reader from Microsoft freely available in its application.