K-12 Technology News

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Khan Academy Launches Video Series on Civics and U.S. History

The Khan Academy has launched a new series of videos focused on civics for students in K-12 and higher education — and anybody else interested in learning how government works in the United States.

Texas Charter Operator Gets Millions to Grow STEM Program into Elementary Schools

Harmony Public Schools, a charter network in Texas, will be dedicating a new five-year, $7.9 million grant to expand a STEM project-based learning model from middle and high school into its elementary schools. "Launching Elementary Academic Foundations to STEM" or "LEAF to STEM," as the initiative is named, will reach 7,000 students in 16 elementary schools.

YouTube Investing $20 Million in Educational Content

YouTube, a Google company, has announced plans to invest $20 million in YouTube Learning, an initiative hinted at during the summer. The goal: "to support education-focused creators and expert organizations that create and curate high-quality learning content on the video site."

ED Releases Ed Tech Toolkits for English Learners

The U.S. Department of Education has developed two toolkits for educators and developers on how to use educational technology to instruct English language learning students.

Windows Edition of Free Facial Recognition Launched

RealNetworks, which recently announced plans to make its new SAFR facial recognition software free to K-12 schools, has launched its Windows version. The program already runs on Mac and iOS.

Guide Designed to Help Parents Navigate ESSA

The U.S. Department of Education has released a parents' guide to understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Nintendo Bringing Labo to Classrooms

Nintendo is working with the nonprofit Institute of Play to bring its popular Labo kits for Nintendo Switch to classrooms in North America. The Institute of Play is developing STEAM curriculum and a teacher guide for Labo and is seeking classrooms to participate.

Report: Evidence Lacking for Current CTE Investments

A new report has examined whether career and technical education (CTE) deserves all the attention it's getting. The jury's still out.

Gartner Tech Trends for 2019 Include Immersive Experiences, Autonomous Things and Blockchain

IT analyst firm Gartner has named its top 10 trends for 2019, and the "immersive user experience" is on the list, alongside blockchain, quantum computing and seven other drivers influencing how we interact with the world. The annual trend list covers breakout tech with broad impact and tech that could reach a tipping point in the near future.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Oct. 22, 2018)

Preschool Development Grant applications due Nov. 6!

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