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.


Amazon Doubles Down on STEM Toy Segment

Amazon recently introduced a STEM Club Toy subscription service for families to receive a monthly toy shipment that will deliver science, technology, engineering and math toys to their door, for $19.99 per month.

U.S. Education Apps Market to Grow 28.15% in 2016-2020

The education apps market in the United States is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 28.15 percent in the period of 2016-2020, according to a new report by research firm Research and Markets.

Apple to Join Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google in Artificial Intelligence Research Alliance

Apple may be the latest company to join the Partnership for AI, a consortium that was established to develop best practices for artificial intelligence. If Apple joins, it will work alongside Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM and Deepmind to advance public understanding of AI and its potential benefits across industries, including education.

Free Planning Tool Guides Teachers to Optimal Device Usage

An education technology company with literacy products has launched a free online tool to help teachers apply a blended learning model in their classrooms, whether they're running a 1-to-1 program or having students share devices. ThinkCERCA released the "Classroom Planning Tool" specifically to help users figure out how to implement its own software, but the models provided in the tool could really be used with other curricula as well.

Texas District Sets Up PD, Micro-credential Program Through BloomBoard

Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, TX has gone public with its use of a more personalized professional development program for its 2,400 educators.

Dremel Donates 70 3D Printers to 35 K–12 Schools and Universities

Dremel, a manufacturer of tools and printers, has donated 70 3D printers to 35 schools and universities nationwide in its #LearnMakeGive contest. Selected through public voting, the winning designs reflect the creativity and ingenuity of 3D-printed ideas that give back to schools and communities. Each institution will receive two Dremel Idea Builder 3D printers and filament.

Contest Extends Help to Expand CTE Programs

The "Pay for Success" competition offers technical support for projects intended to expand career and technical education programs for underserved and high-needs youth, thanks to a partnership between Social Finance and Jose for the Future.

Schools Aim to Fundraise $1 Million by Partnering with ClassTag

ClassTag, a free parent engagement app for teachers and schools, is unveiling a pilot launch of its Marketplace feature to boost schools’ funding. The announcement is being made at this week’s Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando, FL.

Follett Simplifies Access to Destiny Help

Follett, a company that produces software to help schools manage their library and media collections, has launched a new portal to simplify how people get support, learn about updates and find out what kids are reading.

Follett-Dremel Partnership Brings 3D Printers With PD to K–12 Schools

Follett, a provider of education technology, print and digital services, has become a premiere distributor for Dremel 3D printers for the K–12 school market, Follett announced Tuesday.

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