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.


'Great Thanksgiving Listen' Induces High Schoolers to Interview Elders

Although the work adheres to Common Core standards for English language arts, the organizers reported, it's appropriate for any number of courses, including American history, social studies, journalism, drama, English as a second language, media and technology.

Google Contest Exposes Students to Open Source Coding

Google is opening its eighth-annual Code-in Nov. 28. The challenge calls on pre-university students aged 13 to 17 to complete coding tasks on open source projects, with the aim of exposing teenagers to open source software development.

Georgia District Deploys 36,000 1-to-1 Devices in 2 Months

Henry County Schools began its rollout of 1-to-1 technology in grades 3-12 in mid-August 2017, taking an average of two hours per school across the 53 elementaries, middle schools, high schools and academies.

Krystal Foundation STEAM Grants Open Through December

The Krystal Co. wants to be known for more than just its burgers and fries. Through its nonprofit foundation, the oldest quick-service restaurant chain in the South recently launched the third iteration of its STEAM grant program, Squaring is Caring.

February TCEA Conference Drawing Thousands to Texas

Alongside an estimated thousand other presentations, two media stars and activists will headline next year's TCEA conference and exposition, taking place in Austin, TX from Feb. 5 through Feb. 9.

Georgia College Kicking Off Robotics Program for Middle Schoolers

Georgia students in grades 5 through 8 will have the chance to compete in an upcoming robotics challenge, under a new program just launched by Georgia Highlands College (GHC).

Project-Based Learning: 'Promising but Not Proven,' Researchers Say

Does a focus on exploring real-world problems and challenges help students learn more effectively? That's the question posed in a working paper from research non-profit MRDC, which undertook a literature review on the topic of project-based learning (PBL) — 17 years after the last such review.

Girl Scouts Launches Initiative to Put 2.5 Million girls through STEM Programs by 2025

The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has launched a national initiative designed to help close the gender gap in STEM education and employment over the next eight years. The organization aims to raise $70 million put 2.5 million girls through their STEM programs by 2025.

Chromebooks or Smartphones? 1-to-1 or BYOD? Why Not Both?

As many high schoolers are using their personal devices in class as school-issued Chromebooks. According to new data released this fall, more than half — 58 percent — reported using their personal devices in the classroom for school-related activities; a similar percentage (56 percent) are using school-issued Chromebooks.

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