K-12 Technology News

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Survey: Professors and Employers Find High School Grads Unready for College or Work

A new study found that in two-year colleges, only 4 percent of instructors found students "most generally able to do what is expected." The number was slightly higher in four-year schools: 12 percent. The rest reported that students had arrived to higher ed with at least some gaps in preparation.

Project Connect Develops Toolkit for Future-Ready Librarians

The toolkit will include a framework for revamping relevant job descriptions, roles and evaluation rubrics for school librarians. Project Connect will also create videos, webinars, whitepapers and possibly micro credentials that librarians and others can earn.

Chalkup 2.0 Adds iOS Tools for Teachers, Android Version to Follow

An application that lays additional class collaboration functionality on top of Google Apps for Education has added mobility features to its iOS version and hinted at an Android edition.

SRC Expands K-12 Admin Applications Beyond Online Registration

SRC Solutions has added a complete portfolio of K-12 administrative software products that can be used in conjunction with its 15-year-old Registration Gateway software.

Emergency Alert Provider Expands Mass Notification Capabilities

The Situational Awareness and Response Assistant system from Status Solutions now has the ability to make a massive number of warning phone calls at once.

Two Texas Districts Choose Skyward for SIS Work

Mesquite Independent School District chose the application based on its reputation among other Texas schools. Charter school Village Tech Schools selected it to improve communications and other operations.

Instructure Canvas Now Integrates With Lecture Capture App

Instructure Canvas has a new lecture capture and video solution in its Open LTI App Collection.

Survey: Teachers Spend $500 a Year of Their Own Money on Classroom Supplies

SheerID and Agile Education Marketing's survey of 536 K-12 teachers also found that the majority spent more out of their own bank accounts for classroom supplies than they got from either their school or their school district.

Mobile Data Usage To Reach 52 Million Terabytes This Year

Mobile data usage will increase 59 percent this year over last to reach 52 million terabytes, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner.

Survey: Most Teachers Aren't Comfortable Connecting Data to Instruction

According to Lexia Learning's survey of more than 200 educators at the recent ISTE conference, only 35 percent of teachers have a high or very high level of comfort connecting data to instruction.