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.


Moodlerooms Becomes Blackboard Open LMS

Blackboard is re-branding its open source learning management system. The LMS formerly known as Moodlerooms will now be called Blackboard Open LMS. The company said it's also "accelerating investment and development of the product."

FBI Issues Warning on Educational Technology

As the use of educational tools continues to grow, the FBI is warning the public to be aware of the risks of data collection and unsecured systems.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Sept. 17, 2018)

Proposals are due in two weeks for four different grants: Farmer's Insurance Thank America's Teachers; Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants; AAEF Classroom Grant; and Krystal Foundation STEAM Grants!

Library of Congress Launches Educational Apps for Primary Source Investigations

DBQuest and Case Maker are designed to help students engage with the Library of Congress' extensive catalog of primary resources.

Most States Pay Too Little Attention to Educator Readiness to Teach Reading

A new brief from the National Council on Teacher Quality found that a large majority of states haven't taken steps to make sure their teachers have sufficient knowledge to teach reading. According to the organization, just 11 states require licensing tests for both elementary and special education teachers to measure their knowledge of reading instruction.

Parents and Teachers Agree on Value of Data Use for Education

While most teachers found that data helps them identify learning goals (87 percent), slightly more than half (52 percent) said their biggest obstacle was a lack the time to use data effectively.

Gender Gap among Math High Achievers Evident by Grade 9, Just Gets Wider

A new study found that girls made up an ever-declining share of the top achievers in a math competition with every passing year of high school.

Equity Problems with Technology Persist Despite Adoption Gains

More teachers are requiring students to use assigned devices in their classrooms, but a new report finds inconsistencies with technology adoption in class and at home.

Finding What Works in Educational Innovation

Researchers have identified four conditions that motivate teachers to move forward with technology-driven changes to instructional practices. Top-down coercion isn't one of them.

ISTE and LEAP Deliver Online Course in Personalized Learning

Starting next week, a new course on personalized learning will officially kick off on the new ISTE U professional learning website. ISTE U is a global education initiative from the International Society for Technology in Education.

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