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.

Torsh Talent PD Platform Adds New Coaching Component

Torsh is adding new features to its Torsh Talent online professional development platform that is intended to enhance the coaching phase of PD and add an in-person component to what has primarily been a video observation tool.

Edmentum Debuts Individualized Learning Tool

Edmentum, a provider of web-based learning software, has introduced a new individualized learning program for K-6 math, reading and English language arts.

American Pediatricians Group Offers New Guidelines on Children's Media and Tech Use

Since 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that children under 2 years old should not be watching any kinds of screens — TV, tablets or smartphones. But the academy changed its mind and issued different guidelines Friday, stating that live video chatting with another adult, and with adult supervision, is fine. Also, for infants and toddlers age 15 months to 2 years, some small studies indicate that they can learn new words from touchscreen, educational media, as long as parents are watching alongside to help.

Rice U, SXSWedu Open Rather Prize to Improve Texas Education

Any Texas teacher, student or administrator can submit a proposal to improve the state's K–12 education system, and enter for a chance to win thousands of dollars and an all-expenses paid trip.

New York Selects Provider for CTLE Certification

The New York State Education Department selected Teq to provide Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE), with 15 NY schools set to roll out the programs.

Manassas Park City Schools Named Extreme Exemplary School

Manassas Park City Schools in Virginia recently received an Extreme Exemplary School Award from Extreme Networks.

Report: Student Surveillance Needs More Oversight

A recent report by the National Association of State Boards of Education finds that states and policymakers need to address privacy protections for school surveillance and its potentially negative, inequitable effects.

Innovation-Fueled School System Expands Use of Digital Platform

One of the best funded, most technology-infused private school systems in the country will shortly begin expanding use of its digital platform in additional private schools to test its educational approach within three different pedagogical approaches.

Yik Yak Is Not So Anonymous After All

It wasn't enough that yakkers had to add personal handles and profiles starting last August. That made their posts less about saying whatever was on their mind in complete anonymity and more about finding and connecting with others in their current geographic locations. Now users of mobile app Yik Yak face the ignominy of being truly discoverable.

MasteryConnect Adds Evidence Capture to Teacher App

MasteryConnect has added an evidence capture feature to the teacher app it released in July.

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