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.


A Warning Call to K–12: NEPC Turns Off Facebook Account

As Mark Zuckerberg faces Congress this week, the National Education Policy Center has deleted its Facebook account in order to break ties with an organization that has become known for its "invasive data mining and the third-party targeting of users...."

Law Aims to Sort Out Credit Transfer

A new Virginia law is intended to improve the credit students get for taking college classes while in high school and to make sure those credits stick when they enter four-year institutions.

Adobe Releases Spark Free for Education

Adobe has made its digital storytelling tool, Spark, free for schools, colleges and universities. The free edition includes premium features and previously ran $120 per year for a subscription.

Panopto Adds NewTek NDI Support

Panopto has added support for the NewTek NDI standard to its lecture capture system. This allows Panopto's software to be used in conjunction with NDI-enabled devices, including IP-based cameras.

Research: Students Who Benefit Most from Charter Schools Are Least Likely to Apply

Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, those with lower academic achievements and students who are not white are the most likely to benefit academically from attending a charter school.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of April 9, 2018)

Teacher development grant applications are due in one week! New listings for webinars!

Non-Profit Works with Microsoft to Integrate OER into Office 365

Open Up's offerings include math curriculum for grades 6-8 and English language arts curriculum for K-5. The materials are free and can be used by teachers and students on any platform or device through a web browser.

DonorsChoose Teachers Take Delivery of Cryptocurrency-Funded Projects

The donation announced in late March by DonorsChoose and Ripple covered the complete funding needed for nearly 36,000 projects, the largest donation ever received by the charity and the largest ever made by a company in the crypto market.

Report: Even the Mere Presence of a Smartphone Makes You Dumber

A joint research project at several universities found that the "persistent presence" of smartphones comes at a "cognitive cost." Researchers in the schools of management at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, San Diego as well as the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon ran two experiments to attempt to measure how well people finish tasks when their smartphones are nearby — even if the phones aren't in use.

Partnership Aims to Create STEM Teacher Pipeline

The University of California, Riverside, and the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) have partnered on an initiative to attract new STEM teachers to the California district.

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