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.

School Uses VR to Introduce Students to New Situations

A British school that works with people who have severe autism is turning to virtual reality to help its students try out new experiences.

Teachers Like Coaching for PD, but Impact Could be Greater

In a national online survey of 1,246 coaches, administrators and teachers, nearly nine in 10 said they found value in coaching as a form of professional development. More than half (52 percent) said it was "highly" or "very" valuable to them. And exactly half reported that coaching had a positive impact on their practice to a "large" or "great" extent.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of February 10, 2020)

Upcoming funding opportunities for schools

The Character Tree Offers Free Lessons for Black History Month

The Character Tree is offering free subscriptions to its Black History Month video resources through the end of the school year.

2020 Possibility Grant to Award $10,000 for STEM Education Gear

Discovery Education and Siemens have opened the 2020 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes, which will award $10,000 to one educator that can be used for “a science lab makeover and/or STEM-related equipment, supplies, or technology.”

Acer Shows Off New Models for Ed and Esports

Acer has introduced new additions to its Chromebook, Windows and esports lines.

6 Districts in 6 States Add Esports Teams

Six school systems have announced the introduction of esports teams in the last month.

PlayVS Teams with Epic to Add Fortnite to Play List

PlayVS and Epic Games are launching a Fortnite league for high school and college. In response, at least one state has nixed the playing of varsity Fortnite in high schools because the game's weaponry includes guns.

Feds Seek For-Profit Applicants for $1.1 Million Ed Tech Grants

The U.S. Department of Education has grant money to issue to for-profit ed tech companies.

zSpace Adds MEL Science Lessons to AR/VR Learning Platform

zSpace has added MEL Science's chemistry courses to its augmented and virtual education platform, which can run on a laptop or the zSpace AiO Pro.