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.


6 Resources for Keeping Your School Safer

At the National Association of School Resource Officers annual conference, a thousand-plus attendees made up primarily of school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators and school security and safety professionals hit the tradeshow aisles to see the latest in classroom door lockdown technology, body cameras and radio systems. While we don't all need knapsack armor panels, here are six technologies that may find a home on your campus, several of which are free for educators.

Student Outcomes for Online School System Go Toe-to-Toe with Traditional School Results

A new research study has found evidence that full-time students in one particular online public school can attain the same level of achievement as that offered at traditional public schools.

States Slow to Revamp Accountability Systems under ESSA

On the bright side, researchers noted in a new report, there's a move away from high-stakes consequences and toward formative rather than summative assessments.

Principals Focus on Serving Student Social-Emotional Needs

A major national survey finds that principals' major concerns are students with emotional problems, student mental health issues, students not performing to potential and services for students who are at risk.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of July 2, 2018)

One month left to apply for American Honda Foundation STEM grants!

Working with English Learner Data: A Primer

As school officials put more emphasis on community outreach as part of making the results of educational efforts more accessible, they need to know that the receiving public has some understanding about the data being shared.

Understanding Learner Variability

Given that learner variability is part of each student, figuring out how to meet the needs of each learner requires tailored "educational experiences, interventions and assessments." Those connections will in turn help change the design of classrooms and instruction.

Teens Less Concerned Than Adults About Fake Accounts and Bots on Social Sites

Most parents believe that social networking sites and apps do a crummy job of explaining how they'll use the data they collect, and both parents and teens think those sites should ask for permission before they share or sell personal information they've compiled, according to the results of recent survey.

How the Use of School Vouchers Has Destroyed Chile's Public Education System

To understand the impact of making school vouchers and school privatization the law of the land, we can look to the example set by Chile. A new report co-authored by education researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, examined that country's universal-voucher experience. The bottom line: Chile's voucher policy not only failed to meet its objectives, but it "also elicited several harmful outcomes for middle-class families, disadvantaged students and the teaching profession."

ISTE Reveals New Resources and Events for Ed Tech Leaders

Finding the right ed tech tool for your needs among the thousands of apps and software programs available can be challenging. During its annual conference, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) unveiled a new platform that can help with this task.

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