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.


Schoolzilla Security Issue Exposes Data for 1.3 Million Students and Staff

The issue was detected by Chris Vickery, a well known white-hat computer security researcher with MacKeeper who discovered a file configuration error that left the student and staff data vulnerable to cyber threats.

Trump Picks Ex-HP Executive for Top Management Job at Ed Department

President Donald Trump has selected Holly Luong Ham, a former executive for HP Inc., to serve as assistant secretary for management at the United States Department of Education (ED).

Survey: Augmented and Virtual Reality Yet to Gain Traction in K–12

Despite plenty of media attention and hype, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are technologies still on the outskirts in American classrooms, according to a recent survey by the nonprofit organization Project Tomorrow. Only five percent of teachers said they are using AR or VR in their classrooms, Project Tomorrow found in its annual Speak Up survey of more than 510,000 K–12 students, parents and educators.

Science, Engineering, Health Doctorates Find Career Success

The National Science Board, the National Science Foundation's policy arm, has released an interactive infographic that explores 25 years of science, engineering and health doctoral pathways.

Panorama Student Success Platform Captures Academic and SEL Data

The Panorama Student Success platform, developed by Panorama Education in partnership with school and district administrators, helps educators to identify students in need of more supports with academics, attendance, behavior and social emotional learning.

Sesame Street and WriteReader Partner, Empower Children to Create Multimedia Books

WriteReader, a digital literacy platform, is partnering with Sesame Street and its popular characters to allow children to create their own multimedia books and publish them to WriteReader’s online library.

Language Learning Apps Haven't Helped Struggling ELL Students

Despite the proliferation of language learning apps such as Babbel and Duolingo, these new tech products do not seem to be helping young students who struggle to learn English. At least, that’s the finding in a recent article published by EdSurge, which covers technology in education in K–12 and colleges and universities.

Olathe Public Schools Embraces IoT on New Network

The second largest and fastest-growing school district in Kansas, Olathe Public Schools (OPS), has recently deployed an enterprise-grade WiFi solution to support a 1-to-1 initiative for its more than 29,000 students and 4,000 staff across more than 50 schools.

New DDoS Attacks Use Far Fewer Infected Hosts, Target Education

Akamai Technologies has identified a new attack method generating extremely large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against educational institutions and other types of organizations but without the millions of infected hosts typically seen in these scenarios.

Report: PreK–12 PD Market Estimated at $5.3 Billion Through 2021

The PreK–12 professional learning, or development, market is estimated at $5.3 billion through 2020-2021, according to a recent report by market research firm Research and Markets.

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