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.

North Kansas City Schools Adopts New College Preparation Platform

The North Kansas City School District will deploy a new mobile- and web-based platform to help its 6,000 students prepare for and find the right two- and four-year colleges.

Free Online Assessment Evaluates a School's Technology Needs

An educational technology consulting firm has created a 20-question online assessment tool it says will help schools and school districts determine if they are prepared to support the technology needs of K-12 students.

Teacher Assessment Tools Target Student Cognitive Abilities

As neuroscience works its way into the education vernacular, one company wants to help teachers go broader by performing assessments to monitor the cognitive skills of their students.

D2L Partners with Amazon Web Services

D2L is partnering with Amazon Web Services in an effort to better serve customers and to accelerate expansion and innovation.

Parents Buy into Potential of Ed Tech; Most Don't See Learning Results

The Learning Assembly polled 1,000 K-12 public school parents around the United States on the use of education technology in their students' schools. The bottom line: They're not overly impressed.

Blackboard Learn Gets Dropbox Integration

Thanks to a new partnership announced at the Educause 2016 conference, Blackboard Learn users will now be able to collaborate on documents using the cloud sharing platform Dropbox. As part of the integration, users will be able to upload documents to Dropbox, share them with others and collaborate in a secure environment.

Tennessee Department of Ed Pilots Micro-Credential PD

The Department of Education in Tennessee has kicked off a pilot this fall to introduce its teachers to competency-based professional learning through micro-credentials.

San Diego Unified Forges Ahead on Chromebook 1-to-1

San Diego Unified School District has gone public with its work related to running 1-to-1 programs for 47,000 of its 132,000 students.

StartEd Selects New Cohort for Ed Tech Accelerator

StartEd has selected the startup education technology companies that will participate in the 2016 NYU Steinhardt Edtech Accelerator program.

Report: High-Functioning Professional Learning Communities Support Student Achievement

Participation in high functioning professional learning communities improves teacher morale, and higher levels of teacher morale are "significantly correlated with practices that drive student achievement," according to a new report from a Learning Sciences International research team.

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