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.

Robotics Curriculum Gets Sequel

An education technology company that produces a virtual robotics platform to help middle schoolers learn coding and robotics basics has released a sequel to its original set of curricula.

VR Content Bundled with Lesson Guides Management Software

SpringboardVR has introduced a VR product bundle with a dozen "tried-and-true" titles, as well as lesson guides for use by teachers and software for managing the devices.

LearnZillion Acquired by Weld

The digital curriculum market has just seen another consolidation. Private equity company Weld North Education purchased LearnZillion in early January, the third such acquisition by Weld over the course of a year.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of February 3, 2020)

Upcoming funding opportunities for schools

K–12 Ed Tech Investments Dive

Education technology companies are rolling in the dough, according to a report that tracks global learning tech investment trends. However, investments specifically in Pre-K–12 sunk dramatically.

Digital Promise Expands Microcredential Catalog

Digital Promise has just placed its seal of approval on eight microcredentials developed by other organizations, adding to the catalog of 450-plus microcredentials it already supports.

Traditional PCs Seeing Resurgence After 7 Years of Decline

In the United States and worldwide, traditional PCs saw positive growth in the fourth quarter of 2019 and for the full year, ending "seven consecutive years of market contraction."

Kentucky District Teams with University to Host Esports Tournament

According to the organizers, this is the first student-focused esports event to take place in the region. It will draw competitors from both college and high school.

3D Scanners: High-End Features Trickling Down to Entry-Level Devices

3D scanners are expected to see explosive growth in the next few years. The devices allow users to scan real-world objects to convert them into 3D models for a range of purposes, including 3D printing.

2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge Opens

Discovery Education and 3M have opened the 2020 Young Scientist Challenge, an annual competition that calls on students in grades 5–8 to create a short video explaining “the science behind an idea aimed at solving a problem that positively impacts them, their school, family or community.”