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.


Math Curriculum Inadequate to Common Core Expectations

According to a new report, most of the curriculum being used by teachers for math instruction during the 2015–2016 school year failed to align with the Common Core State Standards. Also, the teachers couldn't always identify the approaches and content that aligned with their state standards for math.

Minecraft EDU Now on iPad

Minecraft: Education Edition has formally been released on the iOS platform.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Sept. 10, 2018)

Proposals for GreenWorks grants are due in three weeks!

ESSA Plans Give Preview of Promises for State Ed Data Usage

A study of every state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan found that "while approaches to student success vary, the commitment to data use is clear." The study outlined three "major ways" states are "deploying data to meet their education goals."

Deadline Looms for 2 Classroom Grants Offering $2,500 and $500 for Teachers

Two important grant deadlines are coming up for K–12 teachers looking to fund classroom materials, one offering $500 per classroom, the other offering up to $2,500 per classroom. Both programs will award grants to multiple teachers.

RobotLAB Adds Drone and Robotic Arm Lessons

The company also recently opened up the platform to allow teachers to create their own lessons and customize already-available units. The new customization feature enables teachers to create, modify and submit lessons that can be shared with the community.

Measuring Academic and Nonacademic Skills Equally Important

A new report commissioned by NWEA revealed that parents, teachers and school leaders agree about the importance of measuring students' soft skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork and view them as equally important as academic skills. However, which skills to teach and who should have the primary role in doing so is an area where the roles disagreed.

New Conferences Explore Blockchain in Education

Oral Roberts University, which recently held a conference to educate colleges and universities about blockchain, will be co-hosting two new one-day blockchain events, one on the east coast and the other on the west coast, to reach educators and IT leaders in both higher education and K-12.

Data Linkages Offers Alternative to Free Lunch Designation for At-Risk Students

According to Matthew Chingos, director of Urban Institute's Education Policy Program, a handful of states are using new methods of data analysis for identifying economically disadvantaged students as an alternative to the long-used free or reduced-price lunch (FRL) measure.

Indiana District Issues Hotspots to 3,500 Students

An Indiana school district received a $700,000 grant from T-Mobile's EmpowerED program, covering the cost of personal MiFi hotspots for every student in grades 3 through 8 for the next two years.

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