K-12 Technology News

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Six Steps School Leaders Should Take to Reduce Teacher Turnover

In the wake of the pandemic, with more than half of teachers considering leaving the profession sooner than later, a school administrator from Tennessee shares key steps help reduce teacher turnover.

Ransomware Hit 56% of K-12 Organizations Worldwide in 2021, Sophos Survey Finds

Cybersecurity firm Sophos today released its annual State of Ransomware report showing ransomware attacks nearly doubled in 2021 from the year before, and 56% of K–12 IT professionals responding, representing 320 districts, said they were a victim of ransomware last year.

Sal Khan: Test-Optional College Admissions Adds Ambiguity and is Bad for Students

With the final SAT School Day of the 2021-2022 school year taking place today at high schools across the country, THE Journal asked Sal Khan whether SAT exams will remain relevant now that some colleges and universities have made them optional, whether testing makes college admissions more or less equitable, and what additional changes he predicts — and hopes to see — that will make college education even more accessible for young Americans.

InnovateEDU Launches Open-Source Blueprint for Inclusive Research and Development in Education [BIRD-E]

Education nonprofit InnovateEDU today launched the Blueprint for Inclusive Research and Development in Education, dubbed BIRD-E, an open source, universal framework designed to generate actionable, high-quality research that ed tech providers, policymakers, researchers, education leaders, and other K-12 stakeholders can easily access, understand, and apply in the classroom.

Number of Districts Impacted by Illuminate Student Data Breach Grows as a Third Alerts Parents

The number of school districts whose student data was breached during a January cyberattack on Illuminate Education’s systems continues growing as a third district last week alerted parents their students’ personal information was compromised within Illuminate's Educlimber software.

Nearpod Adds More Free Next Gen Personal Finance Lessons To Its Platform

Digital learning platform Nearpod has expanded its partnership with Next Gen Personal Finance in order to provide free access to the nonprofit's personal finance curriculum, according to a news release.

Maker of Prodigy Math Expands Into Literacy Learning With New Prodigy English Game

Game-based digital learning provider Prodigy Education today launched a new educational game focused on literacy called Prodigy English, building on the popularity of Prodigy Math that is used by 150 million students globally, the company said.

Another School District Says Student Data Breached Within an Illuminate Education Product

Another school district has announced that student data stored on Illuminate Education software has been breached and said Illuminate is is mailing a letter to parents offering “complimentary” identity monitoring service for a year.

Safety and Wellness Platform Securly Acquires SEL Provider and Check–In App Rhithm

Securly, provider of student safety solutions and online activity monitoring, today announced it has acquired Rhithm, the mental health check-in app that promotes student well-being with social-emotional learning activities and content.

Discovery Ed To Launch Sesame Street-Branded Channel for PreK–2 in Fall 2022

Nonprofit media group Sesame Workshop and K–12 digital learning provider Discovery Education today unveiled plans for an early learning channel featuring Sesame Street characters, set to debut this fall.

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