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.


Report: Tablets Decline in 3rd Quarter

Increased demand for smartphones, a lengthening replacement cycle for tablets and an improving position for traditional PCs has left tablets in a tough position.

New Tech Can Cut 3D Printing Time in Half

The software can be used on consumer 3D printers and even a variety of large industrial-grade printers, and the algorithm can be integrated with printer firmware in the future.

Gates Foundation Pumping $1.7 Billion into Ed Programs over Next 5 Years

Over the next five years the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation expects to invest almost $1.7 billion for K-12 education. Most of that funding will be targeted at four areas.

Nonprofit Launching 2 New OER English Language Arts Curricula

Open Up is a nonprofit that provides OER curriculum for K–12 schools, which it distributes freely in electronic format (with an option for printed materials), along with teacher resources (such as tools for differentiation). Professional development options are also available.

Study: CTE Courses Later in High School May Improve Student Persistence

A new study from researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara suggests that taking career and technical education (CTE) courses in the last couple years of high school may improve the chances a student will graduate.

Report: Scaling and Sustaining Competency-Based Education

While the number of schools and districts implementing CBE has continued growing over the past few years, a new report noted, innovations those organizations have tried haven't necessarily led to "greater equity" or "high-quality schools."

1Million Project Supplies Devices and Internet to LA and Miami Students

The project is intended to help fill what educators have dubbed the "homework gap" — the situation that exists when schools expect all students to be able to use technology to do their homework, even those who lack access to computers or internet connectivity at home.

Hoonuit Buys Whitewater Learning, Intros Credit-Bearing PD

Under an agreement with the University of North Dakota, educators can use the courses Hoonuit and Whitewater have created to earn professional development credits.

Feds Fund Education Innovation for $95 million

Recipients of this year's federal EIR grants include organizations that are undertaking promising work in teacher professional development, reading and writing, school leadership and other practices.

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