K-12 Technology News

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SparkFun Opens micro:bit Technology to American Markets

SparkFun Electronics has begun carrying the micro:bit in the United States, starting this month and shipping in early May 2017. The micro:bit — a beginner-friendly, reprogrammable microcontroller — gained popularity after the BBC gave the board to every 11- and 12-year-old student in the United Kingdom to inspire a new generation to pursue innovation in computer science.

Science and STEM Educators Win 2017 Vernier NSTA Technology Awards

Seven elementary through college-level educators have won the 2017 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards, valued at $5,500 each and sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

NSTA Joins March for Science Global Campaign

The National Science Teachers Association will be participating in March for Science, a global campaign that sounds a call for support and safeguards for the scientific community amidst recent policy changes that have caused worry among scientists.

3 Tips to Successfully Create Virtual Field Trips in Your Classroom

Here are three tips from an experienced teacher on successfully creating virtual field trips in the classroom.

Open Up Resources, EL Education to Launch Free K–5 ELA Curriculum

The full-course curriculum, authored by experts in ELA, comes with student and teacher materials; a reading list; a curriculum map; family resources and more. All materials will be openly licensed and free to download later this summer. The curriculum offers supports for English language learners and students with disabilities.

Artificial Intelligence to Grow 47.5% in Education Over Next 4 Years

Artificial intelligence in the U.S. education sector is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 47.5 percent during the period 2017-2021, according to a new report.

Twitter Attack Follows Reporter's Comment About High School Basketball Fans

A New Hampshire school district superintendent has apologized after dozens of students deluged a sports reporter with vulgar and inappropriate tweets after he questioned their cheering skills at a high school basketball game.

Charter Communications Joins with Harlem Fund to Open Spectrum Learning Lab

Charter Communications has joined with the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HAEF) to open a Spectrum Learning Lab at HEAF’s main program site, located at 2090 Seventh Ave. in Manhattan.

Raspberry Pi Robotics Competition Coming to Philadelphia

A Raspberry Pi robotics competition is coming to the United States for the first time. Students in grades 6 through 12 will have the opportunity to put their robots to the test in the first-ever "Pi Wars USA," taking place at a Pennsylvania school in early June.

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