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.

Illinois District Taps into Free Tutoring Resources

Grayville Community School District 1 in Illinois has partnered with Varsity Tutors for Schools, a Nerdy company, to provide its live online tutoring platform to the district, students, and families at no cost.

New Initiative Working with Ed Tech Vendors to Address Key Cybersecurity Challenges for Schools and Districts

A new collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED), dubbed the Partnership for Advancing Cybersecurity in Education (PACE), is bringing education technology vendors and cybersecurity experts together to "improve the defensibility and resilience of K-12 digital infrastructure," according to a news announcement.

U.S. Department of State Introduces Cybersecurity Framework

The U.S. Department of State has published a comprehensive cybersecurity framework aimed at international cooperation when targeting cybercriminals and strengthening defenses.

Scribbles Software Announces Updates to Speed Student Records Processing

Scribbles Software has expanded the capabilities of its ScribOrder online records processing and payment system with two new options: ScribOrder Starter and ScribOrder Essentials.

SETDA Names New Director of Projects and Initiatives

SETDA, the association for United States state and territorial educational technology and digital learning leaders, has appointed Ji Soo Song as director of projects and initiatives. He will begin his role on June 10.

NIST Introduces National Generative AI Testing Program

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is moving toward establishing a more standardized national approach to AI safety.

Google Shares 8 Tips on Using Its Classroom Platform

In a recent Google for Education's "The Keyword" blog post, the company shared "8 Google Classroom Tips Every Teacher Should Know."

NCES Report Highlights Concerns About Academic Performance, Staffing, and Mental Health

In a February 2024 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) School Pulse Panel survey, school leaders had major concerns about students meeting academic standards; student and teacher/staff mental health; staffing shortages; and testing/assessments.

K–12 School Makeover Sweepstakes Offers $50,000 Learning Space Redesign

Comprehensive K–12 learning environment solutions provider School Specialty recently launched its first-ever $50,000 School Makeover Sweepstakes, according to a news release. One grand-prize winner will receive a school makeover, while ten first-prize winners will get professional development packages worth up to $6,500.

High School Math Students Worry About Future Jobs Due to Generative AI, Survey Finds

A survey conducted by the Society For Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) during this year's annual M3 Challenge (MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge) in March 2024 showed that nearly half the high school students participating in the contest who responded to the survey worry that generative AI will impact their future job prospects.