K-12 Technology News
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Wearables are seeing a huge surge in growth. The total number of smart wearable devices shipped in the first quarter of 2021 grew by more than 34% over the same quarter in 2020.
Across all sectors, including K–12 and higher education, procurement is making a big shift toward online, propelled in large part by the pandemic. Some 85% of organizations report they pushed more of their procurement to digital as a direct result fo the pandemic, and 96% of those expect to continue doing so beyond the pandemic, according to a report released this week.
Flinn Scientific has updated its Science2Go digital learning solution designed for both remote and classroom learning for middle school and high school. The updates focus on biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics and include new labs, assessments and videos, as well as enhanced functionality for teachers.
The surge in distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic is helping to drive staggering growth in the worldwide e-learning market.
Upcoming funding opportunities for K–12 school, teachers and groups (updated February 8)
PowerSchool has released a major update to Unified Classroom — PowerSchool Unified Classroom 2021. The new edition brings several new features to the platform, as well as functional enhancements designed to provide “superior integration between assessment and instruction.”
Vernier Software & Technology has released an update to its Video Analysis app and also launched a new accompanying ebook designed for physics classes.
The Equitable Classrooms Challenge, a program of MIT Solve, is seeking solutions that will help bring equity to students engaged in distance learning in the United States and around the world. Prizes for selected solutions range from $10,000 to $250,000.
Discovery Education has rolled out a collection of digital resources for summer learning. The resources are being offered free of charge to parents and guardians. Resources cover STEM, SEL, financial literacy and health.
In the last year, to help its community of students, families, teachers and staff through the pandemic, K-12 districts began offering new services. Those included contract tracing, remote counseling and more.