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.


Grant Spotlight: $5,000–$25,000 Social & Emotional Learning Grants for Teachers and Schools

The NoVo Foundation, Education First, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors are awarding grants to individual teachers and school systems for "teacher-led projects that foster social-emotional skills in students in grades PK-12." Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to individual teachers, and grants of $25,000 will be made available to districts and charters. The deadline is only 10 days away.

StudySync Debuts New Podcast Featuring Student Perspectives

StudySync, a blended English language arts (ELA) and English language development (ELD) program for grades 6 to 12, is debuting a new audio podcast feature aimed to capture student perspectives on contemporary learning.

Grant Spotlight: inspirED School Climate Assessment Grant

inspirED, an organization created through a joint effort between Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence and Facebook, is offering multiple grants of up to $15,000 per district or up to $2,500 per school to promote social and emotional learning and to improve school climate.

Report: Worldwide IT Spending Forecast to Grow 1.4% in 2017

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.5 trillion in 2017, a 1.4 percent increase from 2016, according to market research firm Gartner, Inc. This growth rate is down from the previous quarter’s forecast of 2.7 percent, due in part to the rising United States dollar.

Adobe Releases Latest Versions of Captivate and Captivate Prime

Adobe has released the latest versions of its e-learning authoring tool, Adobe Captivate, and its learning management system (LMS), Adobe Captivate Prime. The two are designed to be used in conjunction as end-to-end solutions, or as standalone offerings, and are aimed toward specialists in learning and development, training and corporate HR departments.

STEM Camps for 8-12 Graders Offered at Rice University

Rice University’s Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity will offer summer camps for middle and high school students aimed at increasing their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as future careers. The camps are targeting underrepresented populations in STEM fields.

Hackers are Attacking Word Users with Microsoft Office Zero-Day Vulnerability

Hackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Word, which security researchers say can be used to quietly install different kinds of malware — even on fully patched computers, according to tech news and analysis site ZDNet.

Students Compete in Finals of World's Largest Rocket Contest

This May, 100 teams of middle and high school students will compete in the 15th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) National Finals outside Washington, D.C. The Final Fly-Offs will be Saturday, May 13.

State Progress on K-12 Computer Science Ed Policies: 'We Have a Long Way to Go'

According to a new report, "States must both inspire and prepare a far greater number of students to pursue CS education and related careers."

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