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.

Labster Heading into Danish High Schools

A company that produces virtual laboratory simulations for education has struck a deal with the Danish Ministry of Education to provide its schools with access to its programs. Beginning this month, students in lower secondary (grades 8-10) and upper secondary grades will have access to STEM-focused simulations from Labster, which has its headquarters in Denmark.

AI Education Nonprofit Receives $1.1 Million in Funding

Artificial intelligence education nonprofit Iridescent has received $625,000 in new funding, following a recent $500,000 investment. The group’s purpose is to work with underrepresented youth to help them “to become self-motivated learners inventors, and leaders.”

Free Resource Helps School IT Departments Plan for Next Disaster

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has released a new guide designed to help school IT leaders prepare for the next disaster that could impact IT systems.

Small School District Invests Big in STEM Innovation Labs

A small South Carolina school district is making a large investment in STEM education. The three-school Florence School District Four opened a STEM "innovation lab" in its elementary school for the 2018-2019 school year and introduced drone pilot certification lessons to high schoolers. Now it plans to open a second STEM lab in its middle school in time for the start of classes next fall.

NPR Podcast Challenge Winners Tackle Local Stories with Worldwide Impact

This first-ever event was intended to help students learn how to tell stories — whether about their schools or communities, moments in history they considered important, sides of a debate that might not otherwise represent student viewpoints or something else that "kids understand but grown-ups don't."

Podcasting Software Adds Education Functionality

Soundtrap, a digital media software company owned by Spotify, will release a new education edition of its Soundtrap for Storytellers podcast creation tool in June.

Closing the Homework Gap Through Educational Broadband Service

A new study finds the licensing of unassigned Educational Broadband Service Spectrum to educators and nonprofits would reduce the digital divide by nearly 20 percent.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of May 28, 2019)

Upcoming funding opportunities for schools

University Collaborates with K-12 District on Digital Literacy

The initiative intended to enhance the community's digital literacy for workforce competitiveness, beginning in K-12.

Behavior Management: Classroom Prototype Display Helps Kids Get on Track

Researchers at the University of Michigan and other institutions have examined the challenges of teachers implementing behavior management strategies and come up with a classroom display prototype that can be used by students themselves.

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