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.


3M and Discovery Education Launch First Young Scientist Global Virtual Field Trip for K-8

Discovery Education and 3M have launched the first Young Scientist Global Virtual Field Trip for kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms with exclusive access to 3M Headquarters’ “World of Innovation” in St. Paul, MN. The event will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST Feb. 23.

Grant Spotlight: Free Gear for Your Makerspace from SparkFun

New for 2017, SparkFun has launched a formal grant program that is awarding prize packages and sponsorships on the monthly basis to educational and non-profit organizations to support makerspaces, coding, robotics labs and STEM- and STEAM-related activities.

W-2 Phishing, Wire Transfer Scam Targets School Districts

With tens of thousands of school employees affected, IRS officials are telling schools that this cyberattack is one of the most dangerous phishing scams the federal organization has ever seen.

Social Media Impacts College Admissions Officers' View of Students

A new study from Kaplan of college admissions officers at top national, regional and liberal arts colleges and universities around the country found that while the number of admissions officers who check social media has slightly decreased, more admit that what they find online impacts their view of students.

SETDA Releases New Online Toolkit to Guide the Selection of Quality Instructional Materials

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is releasing a new online toolkit, From Print to Digital: Guide to Quality Instructional Materials. Developed in collaboration with state and district digital learning leaders, instructional materials directors and academic officers, this guide provides states, districts and schools with research, resources and examples to support selection of quality instructional materials for learning and teaching.

DeVos Meets With Staff as GOP Proposes Terminating ED

On the heels of Betsy DeVos' confirmation as the new head of the United States Department of Education, several Republican representatives have introduced a bill to eliminate the department altogether.

CTL Teams with PortableCloud to Offer Web Content and Apps Over WiFi Without Internet Connection

CTL (Compute, Teach, Learn) is partnering with PortableCloud to offer the PortableCloud platform and Cube servers, which allow users to access curated files, web content and web apps over WiFi in any device with a browser, regardless of internet connectivity.

2017 Will See 8.4 Billion Connected 'Things'

According to a new Gartner forecast, 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide this year — an increase of 31 percent from 2016.

Acer Launches Extreme Classroom Tech Makeover Program for K–12

Acer America has begun accepting entries for its Acer Extreme Classroom Tech Makeover program that gives educators at K–12 schools in the United States the opportunity to transform their classroom with technology. Acer will be awarding one classroom a set of Acer Switch Alpha 12 two-in-one notebooks, valued at $20,000.

ClassTag Releases Automated Newsletter Functionality to Augment Communications

ClassTag, a free parent engagement app for teachers and schools, has released a fully customizable and automated newsletter functionality to augment its communications and scheduling capabilities. The announcement was made during the TCEA conference in Austin, TX this week.

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