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 and EXPLR to Hold National STEM Student Festival in April 2024

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and streaming educational content company EXPLR have partnered to host the first National STEM Festival in April 2024 in Washington, D.C. The festival will recognize outstanding student innovators in STEM projects.

THE Journal Reveals 2023 New Product of the Year Winners

Seventeen companies were selected as winners for their product achievements.

Games for Change 2023-24 Game Design Challenge to Focus on Solutions to Climate Change

Game design program and competition organization Games for Change (G4C) has announced its 2023-24 Student Challenge for middle and high school students, focusing on social impact game design. The theme this year is solutions to climate change to promote "greener communities, healthy oceans, and eco-friendly fashion," the organization said.

El Segundo Unified School District to Establish AI Policy Lab

In partnership with the EdSAFE AI Alliance, El Segundo (California) Unified School District (ESUSD) has announced it will establish an AI Policy Lab to promote the safe and ethical use of AI in its K–12 schools.

2024 STEM Competition Open Now for Teens 13-16

Phillipe Cousteau Jr.'s nonprofit EarthEco International is inviting submissions from United States teens aged 13-16 to compete in the 2024 OurEcho STEM Challenge. The challenge goal is for proposals to identify local ecological threats to biodiversity and propose solutions to protect or repair them.

Burbio Launches State-Level Grant Tracker for K–12 Schools, Districts

Education data researchers at Burbio have launched a State-Level Funding Tracker newsletter “to better organize” information on special revenue sources for K–12 schools and districts, which can subscribe at Burbio’s website.

D2L Offers Free AI Ethics and Governance Course

Global learning technology company D2L is offering a free course called "Introduction to AI Ethics and Governance." D2L built the course and partnered with AI law specialists INQ Consulting to provide the content.

Imagine Learning Debuts Imagine Robotify Coding Course for Eighth Graders

Imagine Learning (IL) has announced a course specifically to teach eighth grade students how to code by controlling a browser-based virtual robot, without the need for expensive hardware or software.

Kindertales and MarcoPolo Partner to Combine Child Management Software with Digital Resources

Child and classroom management software company Kindertales and digital educational resources company MarcoPolo Learning have partnered to integrate their platforms to present learning materials from within the classroom management application.

Connect K–12 Report Shows Marked Increase in School District Internet Connectivity

In its fourth and final report on K–12 school district internet connectivity, Connected Nation's (CN) Connect K–12 program tracked a 57.4% increase in the three years since 2020, and now 74% of the nation's school districts meet or exceed the FCC's 1 Mbps bandwidth per student goal, an increase of over 5 million students since 2022.