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.


Publisher Adds Augmented Reality to Children’s Books

Capstone, a publisher of children’s media, has launched a free mobile app that enhances its print books with augmented reality (AR).

Learningonline.xyz and Microsoft Collaborate to Build a Language Learning Bot

Microsoft’s Skype is collaborating with Eton Institute and partner company Learningonline.xyz in developing a bot that can teach users a new language.

More Than $4 Billion in E-Rate Funds Available for Districts in FY 2017

The Federal Communications Commission sets aside $3.9 billion annually for E-rate funding, and with $200 million rolling over from 2016, school districts will have access to more than $4 billion in fiscal year 2017 for connectivity upgrades.

ED Reveals Final Regulation on Open Licensing Requirement for Competitive Grant Programs

The United States Department of Education (ED) has announced final regulations tied to competitive grant programs and open licensing. When educational institutions apply for grants, they are required to share certain findings and resources publicly, with some exceptions, so other educators, students and institutions may benefit.

Mississippi Attorney General Files Suit Against Google Over Handling of Student Data

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has filed suit against Google, Inc., over how the internet behemoth maintains and uses data collected from Mississippi public school students who have Google’s G Suite for Education accounts, the attorney general’s office said in a news release.

Sprint Opens Donation Portal for 1Million Project

Sprint has launched an online donation portal for individuals who want to help provide mobile devices and high-speed wireless internet connection to 1 million high school students in the United States.

Canvas Integrates With Google to Enable Single Sign-On, Streamline Workflow

Canvas from Instructure today announced a new integration with Google that enables single sign-on and merges the capabilities of Google Drive and the LMS platform.

Report: Need for Federal Investments in Early Learning Increasing

While many have argued that the federal government sponsors too many childhood and early learning programs, a recent analysis of federal programs by the Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) indicates otherwise. The new report says investments in early learning are not meeting the needs of families across the nation, and many eligible families are not receiving services.

Genevra Walters: How Tech Can Close the Achievement Gap

As superintendent of Illinois’ Kankakee School District, Genevra Walters has transformed a lackluster general ed program into the successful College and Career Academy Classrooms. With the help of technology in these classrooms, Walters has helped close the achievement gap for those students who were not enrolled in gifted or magnet programs.

Report: Five Actions States Can Take to Bridge the Computer Science Ed Gap

The Southern Regional Education Board, a nonprofit organization consisting of state legislators, educators and policymakers, has released a report detailing five actions states can take to bridge the computer science education gap and prepare young people for a future engaged in computers and information technology (IT).

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