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.


Microsoft Debuts Surface Laptops, Windows 10 S for Education, Teams for Office 365 for Education

Microsoft has unveiled several new offerings for education, including the forthcoming Surface Laptop and a new version of Windows 10 designed for school environments — Windows 10 S.

Q & A With Chad Lewis, Director of Technology, Tampa Preparatory School

Chad Lewis and his school, Tampa Preparatory School, have received a fair amount of attention lately. Lewis, the director of technology at the Florida private school, has transformed classrooms throughout his 670-student institution, which starts with sixth graders and goes up through 12th grade.

Should 'Elites' be Allowed to Continue Ignoring Pell Students?

Should elite schools — even the private ones — be required to enroll a minimum number of Pell Grant recipients? That's the question posed in a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Canvas Updates Tutorials, Dashboard, People and SIS Report Features

In its most recent production release notes, Instructure's learning management system Canvas updated its student information system integration, dashboard, people and other features.

Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition Now Available in Beta

Minecraft: Education Edition is also expected to be updated to version 1.0.1 later this spring, incorporating several new features — from texture pack support to Command Blocks to ... llamas.

GoFundMe Raises $33.8 Million for K–12 Teachers and Drops Major Donation to Education

To celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week this week (May 1-5), GoFundMe in partnership with Yoobi has launched a $100,000 national contest called “We Love Teachers." The global crowdfunding platform has also released a free, online guidebook specifically for K–12 teachers.

Blackboard Launches K–12 Cloud-Based Digital Learning Environment

Blackboard has launched Blackboard Classroom, a cloud-based digital learning environment for K–12 built around the company's learning management system.

Apple, Samsung Flat as Mobile Market Grows Beyond Expectations

Despite gloomier predictions, the mobile phone market grew 4.3 percent worldwide in the first quarter of 2017, with No. 1 Samsung and No. 2 Apple declining slightly in their overall share of the market as Chinese manufacturers surged upward.

6 Steps to a Successful LMS Implementation

Working together, Nathan Grundahl, Anne Larson and Michael Mades of Sun Prairie Area School District in Wisconsin developed a six-step process that the district used to map out its successful LMS implementation. Here’s how they did it.

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