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.

Report: High-Functioning Professional Learning Communities Support Student Achievement

Participation in high functioning professional learning communities improves teacher morale, and higher levels of teacher morale are "significantly correlated with practices that drive student achievement," according to a new report from a Learning Sciences International research team.

Report: K–12 Investments Still Down in Many States

Public investment in K–12 schools has declined significantly in a number of states during the past decade, according to research done by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Study.com Launches New Resources to Help Students with ADHD

Study.com has launched a series of articles and teaching resources designed to address the learning challenges associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The 15 articles and 53 lessons have been released in conjunction with ADHD Awareness Month and include parent and teacher strategies to support students in school and at home.

Harford County Schools Receives Digital Conversion Grant

Harford County Public Schools in Maryland has received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity Partnership Grant Program. The district will use the grant for its digital conversion initiative in five schools.

Torsh Talent PD Platform Adds New Coaching Component

Torsh is adding new features to its Torsh Talent online professional development platform that is intended to enhance the coaching phase of PD and add an in-person component to what has primarily been a video observation tool.

Edmentum Debuts Individualized Learning Tool

Edmentum, a provider of web-based learning software, has introduced a new individualized learning program for K-6 math, reading and English language arts.

American Pediatricians Group Offers New Guidelines on Children's Media and Tech Use

Since 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that children under 2 years old should not be watching any kinds of screens — TV, tablets or smartphones. But the academy changed its mind and issued different guidelines Friday, stating that live video chatting with another adult, and with adult supervision, is fine. Also, for infants and toddlers age 15 months to 2 years, some small studies indicate that they can learn new words from touchscreen, educational media, as long as parents are watching alongside to help.

Rice U, SXSWedu Open Rather Prize to Improve Texas Education

Any Texas teacher, student or administrator can submit a proposal to improve the state's K–12 education system, and enter for a chance to win thousands of dollars and an all-expenses paid trip.

New York Selects Provider for CTLE Certification

The New York State Education Department selected Teq to provide Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE), with 15 NY schools set to roll out the programs.

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