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.


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Teaching Grants for High School Teachers: Deadline is Aug. 15

Aug. 15 is the deadline to apply for the National Society of High School Scholars’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching Grant, for educators who serve in rural areas, diverse student populations, or are “actively promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives in their school or greater community.”

Deadline for $10,000 District Community Engagement Grant Looms

The deadline for the $10,000 ClassTag Community Engagement Grant is just nine days away. The program will recognize one school district for a "creative or successful new community engagement initiative" that took place in the 2021–2022 school year.

Entry Period Closes July 15 for OtterBox Learn Connected Grant of 75 iPads and Cases

OtterBox is giving away 75 iPads and Defender cases to an under-resourced classroom or school district, and educators may enter themselves or nominate other teachers of under-resourced classrooms through Friday, July 15.

Over 70% of Schools Say Pandemic Effect on Student Behavior, Socio-Emotional Development, Staffing Grew Worse in 2021–22

The National Center for Education Statistics’ May 2022 School Pulse Panel survey of U.S. public K–12 schools shows that the COVID-19 pandemic continued to significantly impair student socio-emotional development and behavioral development during the most recent school year, and over half reported that chronic absenteeism was worse than the year before, according to the results released this week.

ParentSquare Joins Access 4 Learning Student Data Privacy Consortium

Amid a growing call by cybersecurity experts and privacy advocates for tighter student data protection measures, and two big data breaches in recent months compromising the personal information of millions of students, unified school-home engagement provider ParentSquare has joined the nonprofit Access for Learning Community’s Student Data Privacy Consortium, the company said this week.

Two More Districts, in California & Washington, Add 22K to Number of Students Impacted by Illuminate Breach

Two more school districts, Waterford USD in California and Renton in Washington state, have filed state-mandated notification letters with their respective state Attorney Generals revealing that their students — a combined total of at least 22,000 — were among the millions across the country impacted by the Illuminate Education breach of private student data.

New National Partnership for Student Success Aims to Grow Tutoring & Mentoring Programs, Boost Student Recovery

The U.S. Department of Education today launched the National Partnership for Student Success, a coalition with education and service organizations formed to help the nation’s public schools implement and improve high-impact tutoring, mentoring, and similar programs to boost pandemic learning loss recovery efforts and better support student well-being.

How to Reframe MTSS to Help Close the Education Achievement Gap

An educator and researcher explains how a simple shift in how educators understand and implement the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) pyramid can help close the achievement gap in K-12 classrooms, schools, and districts.

These DisplayNote Solutions Enable Wireless Screencasting on Any Connected Devices: Ed Tech Chat from ISTE Live 2022

In this June 28 video interview from ISTE Live 2022 in New Orleans, Ed Morgan illustrates how DisplayNote's Montage software solution helps K–12 teachers who want to wirelessly share any device's screen to the main display in a classroom and how the Broadcast solution lets a teacher screencast to up to 40 students in real-time.

How the PowerSchool Dashboards Work in Unified Insights, Unified Curriculum & Instruction: Ed Tech Chat from ISTE Live 2022

From #ISTELive22, Sam Sale showed THE Journal readers how the educator dashboard of two PowerSchool K–12 software solutions bring together multiple sources of data to simplify real-time interventions and lesson decision-making for teachers and administrators: Unified Insights with MTSS and Unified Classroom Curriculum and Instruction.

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