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.

CTL Launches New Windows Laptop for Education

CTL has introduced the NL15 Windows Education Laptop, a new semi-rugged 11.6-inch laptop running the latest Windows 10 operating system.

Registration Gateway Expands Single Sign-On, Streamlines Document Uploading

In the latest version of its Registration Gateway software, SRC Solutions has added new features, such as single sign-on with more student information systems, type-ahead address functionality and streamlined document uploading for parents, based on customer recommendations that were then voted on by existing users.

Report: Spending on Instructional Materials Increases for First Time in 6 Years

Instructional spending by K-12 schools in the United States was up 9 percent in the 2013-2014 school year, according to a new report from MDR, the largest increase in six years.

Survey: Professors and Employers Find High School Grads Unready for College or Work

A new study found that in two-year colleges, only 4 percent of instructors found students "most generally able to do what is expected." The number was slightly higher in four-year schools: 12 percent. The rest reported that students had arrived to higher ed with at least some gaps in preparation.

Project Connect Develops Toolkit for Future-Ready Librarians

The toolkit will include a framework for revamping relevant job descriptions, roles and evaluation rubrics for school librarians. Project Connect will also create videos, webinars, whitepapers and possibly micro credentials that librarians and others can earn.

Chalkup 2.0 Adds iOS Tools for Teachers, Android Version to Follow

An application that lays additional class collaboration functionality on top of Google Apps for Education has added mobility features to its iOS version and hinted at an Android edition.

SRC Expands K-12 Admin Applications Beyond Online Registration

SRC Solutions has added a complete portfolio of K-12 administrative software products that can be used in conjunction with its 15-year-old Registration Gateway software.

Emergency Alert Provider Expands Mass Notification Capabilities

The Situational Awareness and Response Assistant system from Status Solutions now has the ability to make a massive number of warning phone calls at once.

Two Texas Districts Choose Skyward for SIS Work

Mesquite Independent School District chose the application based on its reputation among other Texas schools. Charter school Village Tech Schools selected it to improve communications and other operations.

Survey: Teachers Spend $500 a Year of Their Own Money on Classroom Supplies

SheerID and Agile Education Marketing's survey of 536 K-12 teachers also found that the majority spent more out of their own bank accounts for classroom supplies than they got from either their school or their school district.