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.

Harmony Public Schools Upgrades to Fiber

Harmony Public Schools (HPS) in Texas plans to upgrade all 46 of its campuses and the HPS Central Office to dedicated fiber optic Internet service with managed security services to provide each school with Internet access speeds of one gigabit per second.

Research: Why Your Smart Phone Loses Power Even When the Screen's off

A team of researchers from Purdue University and Intel are on a mission to double the life of smartphone batteries. Recently, they came up with an energy optimizer that promises to cut certain types of battery usage by nearly 16 percent.

Nearpod Adds Google Classroom Integration

Nearpod, a company that provides tools to sync learning resources and content across devices, has integrated its technology with Google Classroom.

Worldwide Study: Students Who Use Computers Frequently in School 'Do Worse' in Learning

Students who use computers moderately at school tend to have "somewhat better" learning outcomes than those who rarely use computers. And students who use computers frequently at school "do a lot worse" in their learning outcomes, even after accounting for differences in social background and student demographics. That's the conclusion reached by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in a new report examining the impact of technology on student performance around the world.

BenQ Releases Specialist Monitor for Photographers

The 27-inch, height-adjustable SW2700PT display promises features for obtaining color accuracy, simple editing and the ability to simplify the process of sharing photos.

$3.5-Million Grant Aims To Improve Student Reading Comprehension

A professor at Texas A&M University has received a $3.5-million grant from the United States Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to continue work on her project to improve reading comprehension for fourth- and fifth-graders who go to school in high-poverty areas.

PowerSchool Launches Badging System for Partners

PowerSchool has launched a new badging system for its partners in an effort to help users better understand the capabilities and depth of integration between the student information system and independent software vendors' products.

MindConnex Launches Shakespeare in Bits for Android

MindConnex has made its Shakespeare in Bits series available for Android devices via the Google Play store.

Samsung Launches Solve for Tomorrow Contest with $2 Million in Prizes

Samsung has launched its annual Solve for Tomorrow contest, now in its sixth year, with approximately $2 million in prizes up for grabs.

NetRef Updates Internet Filtering Tool for Schools

NetRef, a tool designed to help educators control student access to Internet resources, has released version 2.1 of the software, which includes several new features.