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.


Ed Tech Accountability Platform Addresses Education App ‘Sprawl’ and Identifies App Trends

An application management and reporting platform from CatchOn uses data analytics to assist district administrators and educators in tracking technology investments. Several districts have piloted the tool, which debuted at the SXSWedu conference.

Oculus Intros Facebook Livestreaming to Samsung Gear VR, Adds 360-Degree Videos to Rooms

Oculus last week released some updates to its mobile virtual reality (VR) platform, including more ways to virtually connect with friends on Facebook, as well as few functionality and features for the Samsung Gear VR headset.

Short-Term Impact of $3 Billion School Improvement Grants: Zilch; Long-Term Impact: TBD

A hefty study commissioned by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and written by researchers at Mathematica has examined the impact of School Improvement Grants (SIGs) and found that implementing a SIG-funded model "had no impact on math or reading test scores, high school graduation or college enrollment."

New Virginia Department of Education Website Communicates Quality of Schools

The Virginia Department of Education worked with AIS Network to develop a website that captures report card data and puts it into context that is meaningful and useful for parents, students and the general public.

Federal Online Tool to Help Financial Aid Applicants Shuts Down

The IRS and the Department of Education (ED) confirmed late Thursday that the federal government intentionally shut off an online tool used by millions of students each year to apply for federal student aid.

Shmoop Releases Side-by-Side Translations of Shakespeare Online

Every year, legions of K–12 students read through Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets in their English and language arts classes, but do they really understand what they’re reading? One website aims to make sense of the Bard’s poetic yet perplexing lines in modern English for contemporary young readers.

Smartphones Are Gaining on Humans in Literacy

Does it matter to the world if more smartphones than people will be able to read and write within the next 10 years? A new push to promote human literacy believes it does.

Younger Americans Abandon Broadband While Older Gens Buy in

Millennials are more likely to ditch broadband and just use their smartphones at home, while older generations prefer a broadband connection, according to a new survey from ReportLinker Insights.

GPA Versus Exam Scores: What's Better in Predicting College Success?

High school GPA is a better predictor of college success than standardized exam scores among students heading directly into higher ed from high school. But among those who delay their college entry, the same isn't necessarily the case; it depends on the type of test and the subject under consideration.

Indiana Schools Superintendent Awards Technology Grants

The Indiana Department of Education has awarded grants to 32 school districts to help boost students’ use of technology in the classroom, according to the Associated Press.

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