K-12 Technology News

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IBM, Hispanic Heritage Foundation Providing Free SkillsBuild Tech Courses to Latino Students

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation has partnered with IBM Education to provide IBM's SkillsBuild education program to Latino high school students free of charge, giving them skills they need to meet workforce demands.

NAEP: Remote Learning Not Solely to Blame for Decline in Reading and Math Achievement

Most of the United States saw declines in reading and math achievement on standardized tests between 2019 and 2022. Those declines happened in both fourth- and eighth-grade in a large majority of states and jurisdictions.

CISA Holding Virtual National Summit on School Safety, Cybersecurity for Local, State K-12 Leaders, Educators

Registration is now open for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s virtual 2022 National Summit on K–12 School Safety and Security, scheduled for Nov. 1–3, 2022, and the event is specifically for public school leaders and policymakers at the state level and for local K–12 administrators, principals, educators, IT practitioners, school safety officials, mental health professionals, and school board members, CISA said.

New Guide 'Cybersecurity Frameworks: What K-12 Leaders Need to Know' Released by K12SIX, SETDA

The national nonprofit cybersecurity advocacy group for public schools, K12 Security Information Exchange, has released a new guide for state and local K–12 education leaders, “Cybersecurity Frameworks: What K–12 Leaders Need to Know,” which urges the adoption of cybersecurity best practices at the local and state levels of public education.

SchoolStatus Buys SI&A, Expanding Product Line with The Achievement Initiative, Good Governance Solutions

School communications and data analytics provider SchoolStatus has acquired School Innovations & Achievement, a software company whose solutions aim to help K–12 school leaders track and improve student attendance and ensure local and state policy compliance, SchoolStatus said in a news release.

AWA Accepting STEM Grant Applications Through December 31

The American Water Association Charitable Foundation is now accepting STEM Education grant applications from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 as part of its Keep Communities Flowing program, which awards grants for Water and Environment, Workforce Readiness and STEM Education.

McGraw Hill Launches Social Media-Style Study App SHARPEN

McGraw Hill has announced the launch of its mobile study app, SHARPEN, to help students who have been turning to social media to find studying help. In a recent Morning Consult survey McGraw Hill conducted of 500 undergraduate students, 74% said they had changed the way they study due to the pandemic, citing stress and overwhelm as factors.

KIRKBI Acquires BrainPOP Edtech Platform

KIRKBI, the family holding and investment company of the LEGO brand, has made its first investment into digital learning by acquiring total ownership of BrainPOP, the digital education company whose key product is short animated films that help students learn with simple and clear concepts to encourage cognitive development and life skills.

Free Online Tutoring Comes to South Dakota K–12 Students Statewide

South Dakota has launched a free online tutoring program for all K–12 students in the four core subjects of English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The program is funded by federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan.

Teacher Burnout Top Concern Among Fellow Educators

A national survey found that the majority of educators (71%) are worried about teacher burnout during the 2022-2023 school year, even though most (66%) are optimistic about the new year.

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