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.

Contrary to Predictions, Rate of Teacher Retirements Looks to Decline in 2020

An analysis of teacher retirements during 2020 found that the rate was down by about five percent. Just one state under study β€” Alabama β€” showed an increase in retirements, of 7.2 percent.

Wireless Presentation Gateway Addresses BYOD

AV company Key Digital has launched a new 4K wireless presentation gateway for bring-your-own-device environments. The new KD-BYOD4K allows the teacher or instructor to broadcast content to and from computers, whether they're operating on Windows, Mac, iOS or Android.

Microsoft, Open Data Institute Announce Broadband Data Challenge

Microsoft has co-launched the "Education Open Data Challenge," to establish the link between broadband access and K-12 learning outcomes.

Voice Tech Poised to Become Vital Tool

As touch becomes a dirty word, voice technology is positioned to provide a safer alternative. In a survey by Adobe of a 1,000 voice technology users in the United States, nearly a third (31 percent) said sanitation (such as not needing to touch high-traffic surfaces) was a big benefit of voice technology.

Department of Ed Seeks Teacher Nominations for Cybersecurity Awards

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking nominations for its annual Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award, one for elementary educators and another for secondary.

Survey: As a Necessity, Video is Losing Its Luster

Right now, video isn't making the positive impact on learning that it may have made in the past. In an annual survey done by Kaltura, fewer faculty and staff respondents agreed that video increased student achievement (down 11 percent from last year's survey), increased the sense of affiliation alumni felt for their institutions (down nine percent), increased student satisfaction with learning (down seven percent) or increased educator collaboration and professional develop (down five percent).

Panopto Adds Webex Meeting Integration

A new integration for Panopto and Webex users will allow them to transfer their video recordings to their media library. Panopto produces video management applications; Webex is a video conferencing program.

Company Intros Recreational Esports Leagues

GGLeagues said it would launch its first season of 2021 on Jan. 16.

Vermont Conducts Routine COVID Testing of K12 Teachers and Staff

The state of Vermont has implemented a plan to increase "surveillance testing," which tests asymptomatic populations to find the virus in the community more quickly. To set a baseline, public health officials have begun routine testing of K-12 teachers and staff. All of the testing is voluntary, and those who undergo it won't need to quarantine. There are no plans to expand testing to students at this time.

Parents and Students Worried about Readiness for School and Work

"Busy work" was the way most students and parents might classify K-12 instruction last spring, during the first spate of remote education.