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.
LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com in spring 2015. LinkedIn itself will soon become part of Microsoft. That acquisition is expected to be finalized by the end of this year.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A new, summative analysis from the Data Quality Campaign found that student data privacy legislation in 2016 so far has focused on third-party service providers and improving safeguards for how states and districts manage student data.
The National Science and Technology Medals Foundation launched an online platform offering three engaging “experiences,” or activities, that highlight the work of American scientists and technologists.
San Diego's Poway Unified School District has installed 6.3 megawatt hours of energy storage in a move that will save it an estimated $1.6 million over the decade-long life of the contract.
Districts tend to spend an average of $18,000 per teacher each year on professional development, and up to 10 percent of the school year — as many as 19 school days per year. According to a new report from MDR EdNET Insight, which performs and reports on education research, that adds up to an $18 billion PD market.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
For the first time in 13 years, Wyoming has proposed new science standards for K–12 public schools. The standards are modeled after Next Generation Science Standards, with input from the National Science Teachers Association and public stakeholders.
PBS Kids has launched a kid-friendly website, PBS Kids You Choose, for ages 6-8 that provides children with relevant, nonpartisan information through interactive exploration and video.
An organization launched in June to expand the use of the flipped classroom has selected a sizable group of "ambassadors" to promote the practice in their own communities.
EBSCO Information Services has launched Stacks, a hosted content management system for libraries, and Stacks Mobile, a native app for iOS and Android devices.