K-12 Technology News

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Wireless Microphone System for K–12 Classrooms Offers High-Performance Voice Amplification

Extron Electronics, a manufacturer of classroom audio and video solutions, today at TCEA 2017 unveiled a new, wireless microphone system designed to evenly distribute a teacher’s voice throughout the classroom.

Iowa Elementary School Launches Virtual Reality Science Curriculum

In en effort to engage students in immersive learning, an Iowa elementary school within the Davenport Community School District has begun using Oculus Rift VR headsets and VR curriculum from VictoryVR in their science classes.

Follet Partnership Expands Library With 300 Titles for K–2

Education services provider Follett has forged a new partnership with a New Zealand-based publishing company, expanding Follett’s library offerings by 300 fiction and nonfiction titles for K–2 classrooms.

Betsy DeVos Wins Historic, Tie-Breaking Senate Vote to Become Education Secretary

Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos won a historically close Senate vote Tuesday to become secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED), despite opposition from teachers’ unions, Democrats civil rights groups and parents. At approximately 12:40 p.m. ET, Vice President Mike Pence cast a historic tie-breaking vote, making the vote 51-50 and confirming President Donald Trump’s controversial pick for the cabinet post.

Colorado to Collect Statewide Blended Learning Data

Commissioned through the Colorado General Assembly and the Governor's Office, Colorado Empowered Learning will work with Keystone to develop a statewide roadmap that will help shape and inform Colorado’s approach to blended learning.

GOP Works to Throw Out Obama Education Rules

As supporters and opponents of President Trump's choice for education secretary decide what the department will look like with Betsy DeVos at the helm, a powerful Congressional committee is pushing forward with a rollback of new rules put in place as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA). Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Rules Committee met to consider "congressional disapproval" of two rules, one related to teacher preparation programs and the other related to accountability and state education plans.

Sony Debuts New LCD Projectors, Camera Controller for Lecture Capture

Sony has unveiled seven new projectors designed for use in mid-sized classrooms and a new remote camera controller for lecture capture and event production.

E-Rate Requests for High-Speed Internet Have Doubled Since Last Year

The number of E-rate requests for high-speed internet has doubled since last year, according to the 2016 E-Rate Trends Report, prepared by Oklahoma-based consulting group Funds for Learning.

Personalized Literacy Platform Debuts Beginning Reader Support, Monitoring Tools

The latest version of myON's personalized literacy platform features more monitoring tools to help educators measure individual student progress and needs.

School Climate Really Does Affect Academics

A recent study found that middle schools where students reported a "more positive" school climate had higher academic performance, and that changes in the school climate also correlated with changes in academic performance.

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