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.


Orange County (FL), Austin and San Diego SDs Adopt Canvas LMS

Three large American school districts have recently adopted Canvas by Instructure as their primary learning management system (LMS). Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) in Florida, San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) in California and Austin Independent School District (AISD) in Texas have all chosen Canvas as their LMS.

Council for Economic Education Releases New Content for Minecraft Education

The New York-based Council for Economic Education (CEE) has released new content for Minecraft: Education Edition, produced by Mojang and Microsoft.

Simpler Alternative to Net Price Calculator Gaining Pickup

That app, MyinTuition, was created by a professor of economics at the school who was frustrated by having to forecast the cost of sending his own kids to college.

FuelEd Debuts Summit Curriculum With Analytics, Differentiated Learning Opportunities

The new FuelEd Summit curriculum features interactive content, adaptive technology for differentiated instruction, and robust tools and analytics.

Report: iPad, Mac Use Growing in K–12

Ninety percent of K–12 schools in a recent survey said they use Apple’s iPad to enhance learning, while 70 percent use Mac devices. Plus, 83 percent of schools saw an increase in Mac adoption, while 81 percent of schools reported an increase in iPad adoption over the previous year. These findings and more were released in a JAMF Trends Survey on Apple device adoption in K–12 schools.

Report: Wearables Continue Counting Off Growth

The wearables market retains its steady growth, rising 17 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in the previous year, according to International Data Corporation's recent Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker report.

Disney-Backed littleBits Unveils Coding Kit

New York-based hardware startup littleBits, known for its electronic building blocks and for being part of the Disney Accelerator program, has unveiled a new kit that teaches students in grades 3 to 8 how to code.

Report: Smartphone Market to Make a Comeback in 2017

Worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to rebound with single-digit growth, according to technology research firm International Data Corporation. Android devices will comprise a majority share of the smartphone market, followed by Apple and Microsoft in third place, with smartphone shipments forecast to reach 1.53 billion units in 2017.

Virtual Schools Market in North America Expected to Grow 13% by 2021

The virtual schools market in North America is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of almost 13 percent from 2017 to 2021, according to a new report by market research firm Technavio.

A Year After Law Passed, NJ School Buses Still Don't Have Safety Monitors

More than a year after a law was signed requiring them, child-detection sensors are still not installed on most new school buses in New Jersey because regulations on how to implement it have not been approved.

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