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.

Stronger Prep Pathways Could Help More Teacher Candidates Pass Licensing Exams

A new "action guide" from the National Council on Teacher Quality provides detailed steps that teacher preparation programs can take to strengthen and diversify the teacher workforce.

Report: Career Planning Needs to Start in Middle School

Should career readiness be the first priority of American education, beginning in middle school? And could a focus on that lead to greater equity in the workforce? Those are a couple of the beliefs at the heart of a new whitepaper produced by a coalition of representatives from government, industry, education and nonprofits.

Just Half of State ESSA Plans Are Sufficient in Terms of Equity Standards

The historic civil rights organization, the National Urban League, has weighed in on state ESSA plans for "equity indicators," finding that a slight majority (54 percent) could be considered "sufficient."

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of May 6, 2019)

Upcoming funding opportunities for schools

Student Success Platform Adds Support for MTSS and RTI Tracking

An education technology company with a K-12 student success platform has added functionality to track and manage interventions. Panorama Education's new system of supports is part of its Panorama Student Success platform.

New Creative Commons Search Tool Provides Access to 300 Million Images

A new CC Search tool allows users to find and use some 300 million images from openly licensed and public domain works. Developed by Creative Commons and a community of volunteer developers, the resource came out of beta testing this week.

America's Promise YES Project Tackles Youth Unemployment

America's Promise has just launched a program called the YES Project, a national endeavor to bring young people, employers and others together to support creation of a robust youth workforce. The goal of the YES Project is to achieve full employment for people ages 16 to 24 by the year 2030.

Girls Who Work Alongside High-Achieving Boys Suffer Lower Self-Confidence

A new working report has suggested that proximity to "high-achieving" boys decreases the likelihood that girls will go on to complete a bachelor's degree; instead they'll choose "junior college degrees."

Union Public Schools Launches Blockchain-Based Credentials

The Tulsa-based school district is the first in the U.S. to start offering digital diplomas and transcripts using Learning Machine's blockchain-based open standard for digital credentials.

Drone Training Curriculum Coming to High Schools

The curriculum teaches students to fly drones and prepares them to take the FAA Part 107 pilot exam.

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