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.


Personalized Learning Is Not about Planting Students Behind Computers

Currently, policies tend to encourage a "one-size-fits-all" model for teacher certification, tracking accountability and placing seat time above competency in measuring learning success. According to a new report, transforming that model and promoting personalized learning will require educators and policymakers to shift how they "think of school."

Incident IQ Adds Ticket Wizard, Templates and New Analytics Capabilities

Incident IQ has released an update to its cloud-based IT support and help desk system for K–12 schools and districts. The Winter 2018 update includes a range of new features for teachers, IT staff and administrators.

Agentic Launches Grant for Student-Centered Learning

Agentic Learning has launched a new competitive grant program offering two districts consulting, leadership coaching and software access designed to support the development of student-centered approaches to learning.

iCivics Updates Free Online Tool for Teaching History and Civics

The new version of DBQuest from iCivics was redesigned for easier sharing, use on tablets, teacher tracking of student progress and simpler addition of new teaching modules. The work was supported with a grant from the Library of Congress and relies on the use of primary sources from the library's online collections.

Smartphones to Lead Device Shipments to 2.32 Billion This Year

Mobile phones, particularly high-end smartphones, will lead the segment, which comprises PCs and tablets in addition to mobile phones, and premium ultramobile devices, which include "thin and light Apple and Microsoft Windows 10 devices," will also help to push growth.

New Project Launches Global Standards for Flipped Training

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative has introduced a new effort to establish international standards for flipped training. The standards are meant to ensure that educators are trained using the most current global research and best practices in flipped learning, according to a news announcement.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Feb. 5, 2018)

Applications for Gates Foundation grants are due soon. The TCEA convention takes place this week in Austin. Upcoming events include the CUE 2018 National Conference in Palm Springs, California in March and the ASU + GSV Summit, taking place in San Diego in April.

Do Pre-K Teachers Even Need College Degrees — Let Alone Online Ones?

A report out from NEPC questions the findings of a report on online programs for pre-K teachers from New America. At the heart of its concerns: whether bachelor's degrees are really essential for the job.

School Agencies and Districts Do Crummy Job of Protecting Website Visitor Security and Privacy

A new study has found that most education websites — whether state or local — do a horrible job of protecting users' security and privacy.

Report: NAEP Setting Bar Too High

According to a new report, when results from "The Nation's Report Card" proficiency assessments are compared to results from two international assessments and the Common Core, the proficiency benchmarks of the National Assessment of Educational Progress would knock out students in almost every country.

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