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.


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.

Curriculum Associates Acquires SoapBox Labs, Gains AI Speech Recognition Tech

Education technology company Curriculum Associates (CA) has acquired Ireland-based SoapBox Labs (SBL) to incorporate SBL's voice AI speech recognition technology into its instructional and assessment programs. SBL's voice engine recognizes and uses children's speech patterns to analyze and assess their language skills down to the phoneme level.

Science Techbook for Texas K-8, Biology Classrooms Now Available Statewide in English, Spanish

K–8 and biology educators across Texas now have access to Spanish and English versions of Discovery Education’s Science Techbook for Texas, a core instructional curriculum created from the ground up expressly for Texas students, DE said in a news release.

Vector Solutions acquires Pathwayos, enters CTE market

School staff training provider Vector Solutions has entered the Career and Technical Education market by acquiring Pathwayos, a platform for connecting K–12 schools and students with work-based learning opportunities, according to a news release.

National PTA Awards Over $700,000 to Local PTA Initiatives, Many with Internet and STEM Focus

The National Parents and Teachers Association (NPTA) has granted over $700,000 in funds donated by major PTA Proud National Sponsor corporations, organizations, and private donors to support local PTAs to foster student success in various programs, of which several are internet- and STEM-focused.

Swivl Debuts AI-Enabled Mirror Tool to Foster Student Reflection

Ed tech company Swivl has introduced its latest tool, Mirror, which automates helping students develop higher order skills of thought and reflection about their learning and gives teachers insights into teaching such skills.

Free AI Teaching Assistant and AI Tutor Designed to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Not-for-profit corporation Contact North/Contact Nord in Ontario, Canada, has released two free AI-powered tools for teachers and students: AI Teaching Assistant Pro and AI Tutor Pro.

Certell Updates Poptential Digital Curriculum and Launches Teacher Engauge Dashboard

Social studies course creator Certell has updated its free digital curriculum and platform with the integration of an "American Principles" course as part of its Poptential library. The company has also added Pop! exercises and the Engauge dashboard to help teachers with their workload.

IXL Learning Releases New Ultimate Math Workbooks for Middle School

IXL Learning has developed a series of print edition Ultimate Math Workbooks for middle school grades, which address math skills and topics, from multi-digit division to geometry and the Pythagorean Theorem, and more.

Apple to Add 50 Distinguished Winners Category to Annual Swift Student Coding Challenge

For its 2024 Swift Student Challenge, opening in February, Apple has announced it will add a special category called 50 Distinguished Winners, who will be named for outstanding submissions.

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