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.


High Schools Get Project Learning Lift from Project Managers

The Educational Foundation of the Project Management Institute has teamed up with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning to help increase awareness and use of project management and project-based learning, in an effort to help prepare students for college and careers.

Donor Management Application Adds Point-to-Point Encryption

iModule Software has integrated point-to-point encryption technology into its products to ensure data security for all transactions. The integration will have the biggest impact on education users, which will be able to bolster security for their various financial transactions.

Report: Parents Mostly Clueless About Student Data Privacy Laws

For a recent survey, the Future of Privacy Forum asked more than 600 parents with children in grades K–12 about how they viewed their children's use of technology at school. FPF found that parents are mostly in the dark about their students' data privacy and thus want to know more about when and why student data is being shared.

Online Calculator Helps Louisville Students Choose Career Paths

A new, online tool aims to make career information more accessible for students and job seekers in the Louisville, KY region.

Virtual Charter School Network K12 Rejects Transparency Proposal

Virtual charter school company K12 Inc. rejected a transparency proposal Thursday that would have required the company’s board of directors to create a new report detailing K12’s lobbying efforts. The proposal came from a group of shareholders, represented by Arjuna Capital, who said the company spends millions on state lobbying, even as its stock has been dropping and revenues have decreased.

Facebook, Apple, Google Executives Push STEM at Trump’s Tech Meeting

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, alongside at least a dozen other executives of major tech companies, met with Republican president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday to discuss jobs and the economy.

Texas Representative Introduces CS Curriculum Initiative

Congressman Will Hurd (R-Texas) yesterday announced an initiative to train middle school math teachers on how to implement coding concepts into their math classes, in an effort to build a strong pipeline of qualified STEM workers for future generations.

Massachusetts Consortium Aims to Accelerate Successful Personalized Learning Practices

The Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech (MAPLE) Consortium is a collaborative effort amongst districts and schools to identify, analyze and promote personalized learning practices that work.

Federal Arts in Education Program Seeks Input for 2017 Competition

The federal Arts in Education (AIE) Program is accepting comments from stakeholders interested in the new program until Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Please send comments by e-mail to AIEcompetition@ed.gov.

Nominations Open for 2017 ISTE Awards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced today that nominations are open for its 2017 awards honoring exceptional educators and leaders who are leading the way to connected learning. Each year ISTE’s awards recognize individuals whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age.

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