K-12 Technology News

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Carnegie Mellon Software Aims To Teach Kids Without Teachers

A team of volunteers at Carnegie Mellon University is tackling the challenge of creating tablet software that can teach children without teachers to read, write and do basic math.

California College Hosts Event for Girls in STEAM

Sierra College in the Sacramento suburb of Rocklin held the third annual Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) event.

Louisiana To Try Blend of PARCC and State-Developed Assessments

Louisiana will be a pioneer in the use of PARCC's new flexible model of assessment. The state's Department of Education recently decided to use content from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers to make up just under half of the content for its summative tests in this school year.

Kanawha County Schools Supplies Wi-Fi on School Buses

Kanawha County Schools in West Virginia has implemented 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity to its fleet of 158 school buses, so students can complete homework assignments while traveling to and from home, sporting events and field trips.

Teachers of the Year: Online Assessments Improvement over Previous State Tests

When the best teachers in the country compare the online assessments built around the Common Core State Standards to prior state assessments, they've agreed that the new tests from PARCC and Smarter Balanced are better. That's the conclusion in a new report issued by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year.

Carnegie Mellon and Disney Create Robot Design Program for Novices

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have come up with an interactive design system that lets "casual users" create 3D-printable robotic creatures.

Imagine Learning Beefs up Content, Adds Lexile Measures

Imagine Learning has updated its language and literacy software for students in grades K-6 with significantly more content and Lexile measures.

Northwest Evaluation Association Selected To Deliver 2016 OECD Test for Schools

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has selected the Northwest Evaluation Association to deliver the 2016 OECD Test for Schools in the United States and serve as the international assessment platform provider for the rest of the world beginning in the fall of 2016.

PARCC Releases Huge Sampling of Test Items and Scoring Rubrics

The states that make up the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) have released test questions from this year's PARCC assessments to allow teachers and parents to see just exactly what makes up the online tests.

San Antonio District lands Grant To Expand Engineering Education

A $34,000 grant from Raytheon helped 25 teachers learn more about how to teach engineering concepts to elementary school students.