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.


DC Voucher Program Study Shows Mixed Results

To find out the impact of federal "voucher" programs that enable children from families with low income to attend private schools, one needs to look no further than Washington, D.C., itself. The District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program was set up by Congress in 2004 to issue scholarships to students through a lottery process, not unlike what's being proposed by the current administration but on a much smaller scale.

Black and Latino Parents: Poor Communities Have Poorer Schools

Nearly three-quarters of African American parents and families (74 percent) believe that the education black children get isn't as good as the one that white students get. The results came out of this year's "New Education Majority Poll," a survey run by the Leadership Conference Education Fund.

States Add More STEM Learning Ecosystems

Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Ohio are among the states that have added more “STEM learning ecosystems,” or regions that provide pre-K–16 students with science, technology, engineering and math resources and tools as part of the national STEM Learning Ecosystems initiative. Each ecosystem is led by the STEM Funders Network.

Schoology LMS Adds Office 365 Integration

Schoology added Microsoft Office 365 integration, allowing individuals to use Microsoft Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc. without leaving the learning management system.

Equity Through Access: 21st Century Learning & the Necessity of 1-to-1

It is essential for all K–12 students to be provided with a district purchased personal device in order to meet the demands of 21st century competencies for everywhere, all-the-time learning as framed in the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

Slow Internet Speeds Still a Problem at NYC Public Middle Schools, Audit Finds

Despite both public efforts by the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and private efforts, internet speeds are still slow and a problem at New York City’s public middle schools, according to a recent audit of high-speed internet connectivity in these schools.

Digital Promise Global Seeks Alpha Testers for Learner Positioning System

Eight months after introducing the concept of the "learner positioning system" (LPS), Digital Promise Global has launched an alpha site to serve as a testing ground for this research-based personalized learning initiative.

Research: School Bus Ridership Reduces Absenteeism

The research is timely. Public schools and districts are looking at a reduction in bus pickup to relieve financial pressures. Some districts — Chicago among them — have canceled school bus service altogether.

Tennessee Reimburses Schools for Telepractice Services

Tennessee, like many states, has been facing a shortage of qualified clinicians, but recently amended legislation seeks to open the door for schools to use online therapy services.

Jad Abumrad Reflects on Radio, Race, Technology and Education

Jad Abumrad doesn’t do things by the book, and he’s been rewarded for it. He’s co-host and creator of “Radiolab,” a popular public radio show that’s broadcast on more than 500 stations across the United States and has been downloaded as a podcast over 9 million times per month. He’s a 2011 MacArthur “genius grant” fellow, and his radio program won the George Foster Peabody Award in 2010 and 2015.

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