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.

Department of Ed Approves State Plans for Excellent Educators

ED promised to launch a new technical assistance network to support states and districts in developing and implementing their plans.

Report: Research & Education Networks Make Sense for K-12 as Bandwidth Demands Increase

Tremendous pressure for broadband access is being placed on schools, stemming in part from educational needs, in part from the demands of online testing and in part from the motivation to provide equitable access for all students.

Individual Learning Plans in High School Could Use Tune-Up

Although most states mandate the use of individual learning plans (ILPs) for their high school students, according to a new study, school personnel in charge of ILPs don't get the training they need to optimize those efforts, and few schools track what happened to the student upon graduation to understand whether or not the ILP was effective.

Connecticut District Teachers Get Chromebook Access to SIS

Teachers in the East Haven Public School District in Connecticut now have access to the district's student information system via their Chromebooks.

President Calls for Ed Tech Investment in Strategy Update

The Obama administration is renewing calls for further investment in education technology.

Penn State Technology Allows Faculty and Students to Build Their Own Textbooks from OER

Penn State researchers have been piloting a technology that allows faculty (and students) to build e-textbooks algorithmically using keywords to gather together materials from open resources.

Shmoop Debuts Customizable Courses

Shmoop, a digital publisher, has launched customizable courses for K-12 classes.

Texas District Expands Use of Adaptive Reading Programs

Grand Prairie Independent School District is expanding use of two blended reading programs following a successful rollout at 30 schools last school year.

Pennsylvania Districts Adopt New SIS

Two school districts in central Pennsylvania have adopted new student information systems on the advice of a third area district.

New Hampshire Districts Boost Internet Capacity with Fiber

A joint school district in New Hampshire is taking advantage of E-rate discounts to add fiber, Internet and voice services in its schools.