K-12 Technology News

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Report: Historic Decline in U.S. Public School Enrollment From Fall 2019 to Fall 2020; Dropout Rates Fell Since 2010 Among Hispanic, Black Students

Total preK–12 public school enrollment in the United States declined 3% between fall 2019 and fall 2020, erasing a decade of steady growth, according to the National Center for Education Statistics’ 2022 edition of the annual Condition of Education report to Congress, which also showed that students are completing more advanced math courses and more science courses, and fewer students are dropping out before obtaining their high school diploma or GED.

IMS Global Learning Consortium Has a New Name: 1EdTech Consortium

IMS Global Learning Consortium, a nonprofit collaborative and marketplace for K–12 schools and educational technology and digital learning marketplace, has rebranded as 1EdTech Consortium and launched a new website with new blog posts and a renewed emphasis on a collaborative ed tech ecosystem.

Class Technologies is Acquiring Blackboard Collaborate; Will Be Merged as Class Collaborate

Synchronous virtual learning provider Class Technologies has announced it will acquire the Blackboard Collaborate virtual classroom tool from Anthology in a deal reportedly valued at $210 million.

IBM Invites K-12 Schools in U.S. to Apply For Cybersecurity Grants of $500K Apiece

IBM will provide resources and staff support worth $3 million to help address cybersecurity resiliency in schools to six K–12 school districts in the United States for the second consecutive year, according to a news release.

Kajeet Launches Sentinel Insights for Real-Time Decision-Making in IoT Management

Wireless connectivity and IoT solutions provider Kajeet has introduced a new cloud-based data analytics platform called Sentinel Insights to enhance its flagship Internet of Things management tool, according to a news release.

Ransomware Data Breaches' Growth Last Year Equal to Last 5 Years Combined, Verizon Report Says

Data breaches resulting from ransomware attacks increased 13% last year — equal to the last five years’ increase combined — and are impacting more education organizations than ever, according to the recently released Verizon Business 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report.

Identity Automation, Infinite Campus Partner to Streamline Identity Management, Data Interoperability

Identity Automation and student information system provider Infinite Campus have launched a new partnership to significantly improve efficiencies in account provisioning, authentication management, rostering, and data interoperability, company officials said.

ASUS Introduces New ExpertBook Series for Education, Enterprise Users

ASUS has introduced its new 2022 Expert Series portfolio of devices, including new computers specifically built for education, retail, healthcare and enterprise users, the company said.

Battelle For Kids Data Breach Impact Spreads from Ohio to Illinois, Now Includes 600K+ Students

Chicago Public Schools is the fourth U.S. school district to publicly announce its students were among those whose private information was stolen in the Dec. 1, 2021, ransomware attack on Battelle For Kids as the number of students impacted continues growing.

CoSN Survey of IT Leaders Shows Ransomware Underestimated, Cybersecurity Still Woefully Understaffed

The Consortium on School Networking’s latest State of Ed Tech Leadership Survey reveals that despite warnings from multiple agencies and rising incidents of ransomware attacks targeting K–12 schools, IT leaders continue to underestimate the risk of ransomware to their districts, and IT departments remain woefully understaffed with very few having a dedicated full-time employee managing cybersecurity, CoSN said.

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