K-12 Technology News

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How to Engage Students (and Identify Them)

What makes for an engaging learning experience? Multiple factors, including instructional practices used by the teacher, content that's "relevant and relatable to students' lives" and a design that helps students focus.

Esports League Announces Fall Games for Middle Schools, High Schools

An esports league company has announced the kickoff of its fall tournament season. Generation Esports hosts competitions for middle school and high school.

DC to Cover Internet Bills for 25,000 Families

The project will be coordinated by the District's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) and will incorporate internet streaming through Comcast's Internet Essentials and RCN's Internet First programs.

NCTA and EducationSuperHighway to Help Schools Identify Home Broadband Gaps

Two organizations have kicked off a project to help increase home connectivity for students. The "K-12 Bridge to Broadband" initiative is the brainchild of the Internet & Television Association (NCTA) and EducationSuperHighway, a national nonprofit that helped lead work to close the classroom connectivity gap. The goal is to help public school districts and states identify the students who need access to the internet and potentially connect them.

Amazon Adds Print Functionality from JumpStart to Alexa

Amazon's voice-controlled assistant, Alexa, now allows for the printing of educational materials from JumpStart Games. Students, teachers and parents can say, "Alexa, print a coloring page" or "Alexa, print a multiplication worksheet for third grade," and the Echo device will follow the command.

Gaggle Launches Teletherapy Service

Gaggle has launched a new service called Gaggle Therapy. The service connects students with licensed counselors in their state for teletherapy.

Miami-Dade Debacle Leaves Teachers Scrambling

In a lengthy message, Miami-Dade County School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho attempted to calm his district community after a chaotic start-of-school week that included distance learning outages and an about-face on usage of a new learning platform.

Campaign Urges Turning Captions on to Improve Reading Skills

Want to promote more reading? Encourage students and families to turn on the captions while they stream video. That's what a new literacy campaign targeting students aged 8 to 12 is promoting.

California Top State in School Solar

According to the organization that conducted new research on solar power in schools, energy is the second largest individual expense for U.S. schools after personnel.

Updated: Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak

In response to the number of states, districts and schools that are shuttering schools to students in response to fears about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), education technology companies have stepped forward to help educators reach students in virtual ways. (Updated September 14)

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