K-12 Technology News

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Students Who Comment More in MOOCs Have Higher Rates of Completion

A recent study found that students who comment more on massive open online courses (MOOCs) are more likely to complete the course than those who do not comment.

Kickboard Expands Professional Development Services for School Culture Platform

In an effort to help K–12 districts develop a sustainable framework for school culture, Kickboard has expanded its professional development services, which coach school teachers and administrators to use its school culture platform.

MIT-Lemelson Program Awards Grants to Young Inventors

A program that celebrates inventions from middle and high school students is awarding grants to 42 teams at 39 schools in California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Texas.

Report: Data Should Be Used to Drive Improvement in Schools, Not Punish Failure

"Education has not yet fully become an evidence-based sector." So declared Aimee Rogstad Guidera, the founder, president and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign, in the introduction to a report that examined how the use of data has evolved in K-12 over the last 10 years.

Dremel Adopts Cloud Service to Help Users Manage 3D Printer Work

3DPrinterOS has a web-based interface that works with many 3D printers, allowing users to perform STL editing to prepare their design files for printing and download the instructions to the printer queue.

Student Team Challenge: What Legacy Would You Leave on the Moon?

For the sixth (and final) year in a row Google is running its Google Lunar XPRIZE, an online competition that challenges students ages 8 to 17 to form a team of two to four members and design, create and program robots.

College Board Tightens SAT Security But Continues Using Old U.S. Tests Overseas

The College Board, which develops and administers the SAT college entrance exam, has articulated new security measures, but has not remedied the test’s biggest vulnerability.

Circuit Cubes Announces Building Block Kits to Teach Circuit Operations

Circuit Cubes from Tenka Labs stack together to turn household items such as jars, cardboard tubes and old toys into powered objects that drive a motor, light an LED or do something else.

Latino Kindergarteners Start School 3 Months Behind in Math on Average

A recent report by research center Child Trends and its Hispanic Institute finds that Latino children’s math skills trail those of white children by three months at the start of kindergarten.

AP Exam Pass Rates Rise Even as Participation Doubles

The number of public high school students taking at least one AP exam has doubled over the last decade, from 645,000 in 2006 to 1.1 million in 2016. The pass rate (those high school students who have scored 3 or higher) has also gone up, from 14 percent in 2006 to almost 22 percent in 2016.

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