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.
A recent survey found that half of school districts believe they've completed their 1-to-1 initiatives and the infrastructure required; and almost 4 in 10 (38 percent) are planning to or will definitely "modernize" in the next 12 to 24 months. More districts also have digital content and curriculum strategies in place this year compared to last year — up from 49 percent to 62 percent. Another 33 percent of districts have one under development. More than half of those existing strategies incorporate the use of open educational resources.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
California's Central Region Agriculture Education Career Pathway Consortium has received $15 million in grant funds from the California Career Pathways Trust to expand and improve career and technical education programs in 36 high schools and three community colleges in the region.
Dremel today unveiled the Idea Builder 3D40, the latest update to its line of 3D printers. The new model will be available in two versions — a standard retail configuration and a bundle designed specifically for education.
Educational resource and training provider Ucodemy will offer a series of online coding boot camps for K-12 teachers this summer.
Four communities in the Great Lakes Region and three other national leaders in college and career pathways will receive the grants.
A private school in Fort Worth, TX with 167 students in grades preK-8 has adopted a new Internet management tool to keep students on task.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Think gaming is a meaningless pursuit? Think again. One major research university is now offering academic scholarships to top gamers in the hopes of luring them to campus to compete on its gaming team. The university is also building an "eSports arena," webcasting studio and League of Legends arena for its gamer students.
ClassDojo, a communication platform for sharing classroom moments with parents and students, now allows school leaders to create online sharing communities for their whole school.
West Corp.'s Education Group has added four educational technology companies to its SchoolMessenger Ecosystem Program for education technology providers, which lets companies highlight their products and services within West's free single sign-on communication's platform.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has launched a beta version of HMH Marketplace, a new online service designed to allow educators, developers and technology companies to share resources and classroom tools with an education audience.