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 Releases Ed Tech Toolkits for English Learners

The U.S. Department of Education has developed two toolkits for educators and developers on how to use educational technology to instruct English language learning students.

Windows Edition of Free Facial Recognition Launched

RealNetworks, which recently announced plans to make its new SAFR facial recognition software free to K-12 schools, has launched its Windows version. The program already runs on Mac and iOS.

Guide Designed to Help Parents Navigate ESSA

The U.S. Department of Education has released a parents' guide to understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Nintendo Bringing Labo to Classrooms

Nintendo is working with the nonprofit Institute of Play to bring its popular Labo kits for Nintendo Switch to classrooms in North America. The Institute of Play is developing STEAM curriculum and a teacher guide for Labo and is seeking classrooms to participate.

Report: Evidence Lacking for Current CTE Investments

A new report has examined whether career and technical education (CTE) deserves all the attention it's getting. The jury's still out.

Gartner Tech Trends for 2019 Include Immersive Experiences, Autonomous Things and Blockchain

IT analyst firm Gartner has named its top 10 trends for 2019, and the "immersive user experience" is on the list, alongside blockchain, quantum computing and seven other drivers influencing how we interact with the world. The annual trend list covers breakout tech with broad impact and tech that could reach a tipping point in the near future.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Oct. 22, 2018)

Preschool Development Grant applications due Nov. 6!

STEM Outcomes for English Language Learners Fail to Meet Expectations

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine takes a comprehensive look at the state of English learners in STEM education and provides recommendations on ways to improve outcomes.

Extreme Redesign Challenge Calls on Students to Submit 3D Designs

College, middle and high school students have the opportunity to win scholarships by showing off their 3D design prowess.

Students to Learn App Design with Swift Programming Online

Genesys Works teamed up with Columbia College Chicago Online to deliver online Swift coding programs for local students, using K-12 curriculum created by Apple for its Everyone Can Code initiative and resources created by the college.

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