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.


Samsung, Apple Increase Lead in Smartphones

The top 5 smartphone makers expanded their lead in the latest three-month period, with all but Apple seeing double-digit growth, according to a new report.

Report: Internet of Things to Tip $1 Trillion by 2020

Hardware will lead the way among technology categories in IoT spending in 2018, accounting for $239 billion "going largely toward modules and sensors along with some spending on infrastructure and security."

Smart Wearables on the Rise as Market Grows

The worldwide wearables market showed continued growth in the third quarter of 2017, up 7.3 percent over last year, according to International Data Corp. The market research firm has also noted a growing trend toward smart wearables, defined as devices capable of running third-party applications.

NSTA Unveils Science Lab Makeover Competition

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has partnered with Shell to launch the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge, which will award up to $435,000 in prizes.

Early Test Scores Do Not Future Predict Academic Growth; School Quality Matters More

Though test scores correlate with high poverty, districts with many economically disadvantaged students often experience growth rates that outpace wealthier districts, according to new research out of Stanford.

The Problems with FERPA and COPPA in 21st Century Learning

Both of these pieces of legislation address children and their personal information. But it has taken until this year for the FTC and the Department of Education to get together in a public forum to discuss how these regulations intersect and whether they need to be updated.

Trends: Phablets to Dominate Smartphone Market

Phablets will overtake sales of regular smartphones by 2019 and will climb from 611 million shipments this year to 1 billion in 2021, according to a new forecast.

$500,000 Grand Challenge Wants Tech Innovations in Deaf Literacy

Of an estimated 32 million children around the world who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind, four in five lack access to education, and just 2 percent get instruction in sign language. Because early exposure to sign language builds a stronger language foundation, those without it are affected in education, employment and social interaction.

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