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.


2017 Will See 8.4 Billion Connected 'Things'

According to a new Gartner forecast, 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide this year — an increase of 31 percent from 2016.

Acer Launches Extreme Classroom Tech Makeover Program for K–12

Acer America has begun accepting entries for its Acer Extreme Classroom Tech Makeover program that gives educators at K–12 schools in the United States the opportunity to transform their classroom with technology. Acer will be awarding one classroom a set of Acer Switch Alpha 12 two-in-one notebooks, valued at $20,000.

ClassTag Releases Automated Newsletter Functionality to Augment Communications

ClassTag, a free parent engagement app for teachers and schools, has released a fully customizable and automated newsletter functionality to augment its communications and scheduling capabilities. The announcement was made during the TCEA conference in Austin, TX this week.

ESSA Student Accountability Ruling Canceled by Congress

Just hours after Betsy DeVos was officially confirmed as education secretary by the United States Senate, a Republican-led Congress dismantled rules laying out how parts of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA) would be implemented. On Monday, Senate and House Joint Resolution 57 and H.J. 58 were passed along for a vote to the full House by the House Rules Committee.

Denton ISD Intros Custom Mobile Device Charging Stations

At this year's TCEA convention, Denton Independent School District in Texas unveiled its custom-made charging cabinet that can store, charge and deploy up to 20,000 devices in the school district.

Report: Global Digital ELL Market to Grow 23.36% Over Next Four Years

The global digital English language learning (ELL) market is expected to grow 23.36 percent between 2017 and 2021, according to a new report by market research firm Technavio.

Number of Ransomware Attacks Grew Nearly 17 Times Larger in 2016

Ransomware surged 16,700 percent from 2015 to 2016, though unique malware samples declined over the same period, according to a new report from network security firm SonicWall.

Vernier Releases Sensors with Wireless, USB Connectivity Capabilities

Vernier Software & Technology today launched its Go Direct family of sensors, which includes 16 new sensors that enable scientific data collection wirelessly or via a USB connection. Vernier is exhibiting at TCEA 2017 in booth 1539.

Urban Teacher Residency Program Expands Use of Video Coaching

The Urban Teacher Residency Partnership Program at the University of South Florida has adopted a video-based classroom observation platform to help student teachers share videos with mentor coaches.

FCC Blocks 9 Companies From Providing Low-Income Internet Access

FCC regulators are telling nine companies that they won’t be allowed to participate in a federal program intended to help them provide affordable internet access to low-income consumers — weeks after those companies were approved to do so.

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