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.


Teachers Too Busy to Collaborate

While collaboration is a 21st century skill for students, teachers aren't modeling the behavior much. In a typical month, 44 percent will never visit another teacher's classroom in the same school to get ideas for instruction or offer feedback.

Education Users Excel at Creating Strong Passwords

According to a recent report from cybersecurity training provider Wombat Security, end users in the education sector are more knowledgeable about building safe passwords than people in other industries. The 2018 Beyond the Phish Report analyzed user responses to nearly 85 million questions related to phishing and data security. Respondents came from 16 industries, including education, government, technology and manufacturing.

Sketch Kit Brings Visual Arts to Robotics

Wonder Workshop has launched Sketch Kit, a new visual arts system for its Dash and Cue robots designed to link programming with drawing.

Common Sense Pushes FTC to Make New Rules on Use of Minors' Data

Common Sense Media has filed a request with the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the impact of the Facebook data mishandling specifically on teenagers.

Study Exposes Teacher Rift on Digital Device Usage in Schools

American teachers tend to see student use of digital devices as being slightly more positive than negative. However, they also believe smartphones, tablets and computers are having a bad influence on the physical and mental health of students too.

SETDA Revamps Help for States Adopting Digital Curriculum

SETDA has updated its free tool for helping schools implement digital curriculum. The latest updates to the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) are intended to clarify state policies and practices.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of April 23, 2018)

The application period for ESA Foundation STEM Grants is now open!

Report: 7 in 10 Attempted Data Breaches on Education Are Financially Motivated

One in five attacks on educational institution were motivated by espionage, often targeting sensitive research, and 11 percent of attacks are "just for fun," according to the report.

Casio Launches Free Public Beta of All-in-One Math Tool

Casio today formally unveiled ClassPad.net, a browser-based math tool built on Casio's Computer Algebra System (CAS), ClassPad, that offers a range of features, from arithmetic equations to graphing to statistical calculations, using Casio's "Natural Display technology for input and output of mathematical expressions." It is open now as a free public beta.

Personalized Texting to Parents Can Bump Reading Skills in Their Kindergartners

According to researchers: "Overall, differentiating and personalizing text message interventions based on formative assessment has the promise to produce additional education gains with relatively little additional costs."

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