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.


Uncertain Future for Federal Ed Tech Funding Program Doesn't Deter Applicants

E-rate discounts requested have dropped from $3 billion in 2017 to $2.8 billion in 2018. That's just half of what it was in 2012, when funding reached $5.2 billion.

D2L Pursues Usage for LMS as K–12 PD Platform

Learning management company D2L has tweaked its learning management system to accommodate professional development management for K–12 teachers as well. In April the company announced a similar offering for the higher education edition of its cloud-based Brightspace platform. Among the features: a dashboard to manage teacher PD and new kinds of assessment support.

Adobe Changes Licensing for K–12 Schools, Now $4.99 per Seat for Creative Cloud

Adobe is drastically reducing the price of Creative Cloud licenses for K–12 schools and districts. Starting May 15, annual licenses will cost $4.99 per user for U.S. schools, providing full access to the Creative Cloud suite, which includes professional graphics, motion graphics, video editing, web development and other applications geared toward creative production.

New Bento Browser Organizes Complex Mobile Searches

A new mobile browser developed at Carnegie Mellon University offers a better search experience for people doing complex searches across multiple websites. The app offers the promise of replacing the overwhelming tab management required by iPhone's default Safari browser. The Bento browser, as it's called, compartmentalizes search sessions into a project workspace structure.

26,000 Malicious Apps Use Facebook APIs

The mop-up work for Facebook in the wake of its privacy reform could take much longer than we might expect.

Research: Effective Communication Can Reduce Absenteeism 10 Percent

Telling parents that absences matter and offering suggestions for eliminating them reduces absenteeism by as much as 10 percent, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard and Berkeley.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of April 30, 2018)

The application period for ESA Foundation STEM Grants is now open! Letters of inquiry due in two weeks!

STEM Center to Take Students on Space Missions Virtually

The city that put a man on the moon is now hoping to send students into space. Houston Community College has announced plans to open the latest "Challenger" learning center, a facility for K-12 students to gain STEM exposure by heading to space — virtually.

Gale Adds LTI Compliance for Learning Resources

Gale has updated its resources to be compliant with Learning Tools Interoperability 1.0 standards and Deep Linking from the IMS Global Learning Consortium. The move enables single sign-on and allows instructors to embed content from their library's Gale collections to into any learning management system that supports the standards, including Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, Schoology and more.

Teachers Too Busy to Collaborate

While collaboration is a 21st century skill for students, teachers aren't modeling the behavior much. In a typical month, 44 percent will never visit another teacher's classroom in the same school to get ideas for instruction or offer feedback.

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