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.


Union Public Schools Launches Blockchain-Based Credentials

The Tulsa-based school district is the first in the U.S. to start offering digital diplomas and transcripts using Learning Machine's blockchain-based open standard for digital credentials.

Drone Training Curriculum Coming to High Schools

The curriculum teaches students to fly drones and prepares them to take the FAA Part 107 pilot exam.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of April 29, 2019)

Upcoming funding opportunities for schools

New Research Project Exploring AI in K–12

The project will explore the impact of AI-driven learning experiences on student outcomes, including academic growth and social emotional learning.

How Education Tackles Cybersecurity

A new report finds attackers are drawn to the education sector owing to the wealth of personally identifiable information on students, faculty and organizations associated with universities and schools.

Swing Ed Takes Substitute Teacher Management Service into Arizona

A company with an on-demand marketplace for substitute teachers has begun finding adoption for its service in Arizona. Swing Education has begun adding schools in the state to its customer roster, which also includes California, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

LEGO Launches Customized Bricks to Help Students Learn Braille

The LEGO Foundation and LEGO Group are collaborating with blind associations from around the world to launch LEGO Braille Bricks.

Students Want More Out-of-Box, Creative Approaches in Math Instruction

What would entice teens to get more immersed in STEM topics? A survey of 16- to 18-year-olds suggested that teaching out of the box, more use of humor, pushing fun science projects and competitions and relating math to real-life activities would work for them.

Climate Change Needs a Seat in U.S. Classrooms

A big majority of Americans believe U.S. classrooms need to teach climate change, even if politicians don't always agree. In two polls done by media nonprofit NPR and survey company Ipsos — one among teachers and the other among parents — almost nine in 10 teachers (86 percent) and a solid eight in 10 parents (80 percent) agreed that the subject should be taught. Overall, nearly three-quarters of people (74 percent) do believe the climate is changing.

Funding Is Top Roadblock to AR & VR in Schools

The education sector is forecast to spend more than $6 billion annually on augmented and virtual reality technologies by 2023. Funding for the technologies remains a major hurdle to adoption, but price points for equipment are dropping rapidly.

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