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.


Frontline Ed Acquires Prologic

Frontline Education, with HR solutions for K-12 education, has acquired Prologic Technology Systems, which produces Total Education Administrative Management Solution (TEAMS).

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of June 4, 2018)

Get your early bird entries in today for the Crayola Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program!

Competition Calls for AI-Created Minecraft Settlements

A competition hosted by the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is challenging humans to create algorithms for producing adaptive settlements in Minecraft. (These are the villages and cities and other environments that players create at will in the online game.) The competition addresses a fairly new area of inquiry for machine learning in games: how to develop algorithms that can design rather than play.

NEPC: Virtual Schools Aren't Working

A new study from the National Education Policy Center offers "overwhelming evidence" that virtual schools don't work. The research from NEPC found that these schools have high student-to-teacher ratios and are "excessively large." They also continue to underperform academically. However, those virtual schools operated by districts performed "far better" than charter-operated schools in performance ratings.

Online Non-Profit University Offers Teacher Training Scholarships

Western Governors University made the offer for people who want to earn their bachelor's or master's degree in education and aren't already enrolled there.

Report: Smartphones Swing Up Following Recent Decline

Worldwide shipments of smartphones grew 1.3 percent, year over year, in the first quarter of 2018 following a decline in sales the previous quarter, according to a new report from Gartner.

College Recruiting Targets 'Richer, Whiter High Schools'

An ongoing joint data science project at two institutions has found that while colleges and universities claim to care about access for low-income students and people of color, the students they recruit are neither.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of May 29, 2018)

The deadline for the $10,000 Innovative Educator Prize Program is this week!

Virtual School Expands Career Pathway and AP Courses Statewide with Help from Vegas PBS

In a touch of déjà vu a public broadcasting system in Las Vegas is helping an online school to deliver courses that lead to certifications. Vegas PBS, formerly known as KLVX, was the original source in 1991 when Clark County School District first began offering distance education to its adult learners. The format then was videotape on TV.

Skills Deficit Will Imperil U.S. Economy by 2030

For all the talk of technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics doing away with the human element in corporate life, well trained human beings are still an essential ingredient. In fact, if the current skills gap remains unplugged, by 2030 the world will see "tens of millions of unfilled jobs and trillions of dollars in unrealized revenue," according to a new study.

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