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.


CA's Top Superintendent Leaves for Ed Tech Startup AltSchool

Devin Vodicka, who has been named California’s top superintendent for two years running, is moving on to work for AltSchool, a four-year-old ed tech startup that’s well funded but currently works with only a dozen schools.

Report: Funding More Equitable in CA K–12 But Gaps Persist

School district funding in California is more equitable but access gaps persist, according to a new research study published by The Education Trust–West.

Centervention Releases Online Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Centervention, the company behind online social and emotional skills games Zoo U and Hall of Heroes, has released a new online program called “Stories in Motion,” which is specifically designed for elementary students with autism spectrum disorder.

Lifeliqe Piloting Mixed Reality on Microsoft HoloLens for Grade 6-12 Classrooms

Lifeliqe, a San Francisco-based visual learning platform incorporating virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality and interactive 3D, is piloting mixed reality educational scenarios for Microsoft HoloLens in grade 6-12 classrooms.

Amazon to Refund $70 Million for In-App Purchases Made by Kids

Amazon Inc. will refund millions of unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids on mobile devices. According an announcement from the Federal Trade Commission this week, more than $70 million in-app purchases made between November 2011 and May 2016 may be eligible for refund.

Report Assesses ELA Programs In-Depth

Last year, four "all-star" educators sat down to examine nine popular digital resources specifically intended for improving reading and writing in the classroom.

MIT Brings Free Science and Math Video Lessons to Charter High Schoolers

The agreement with Atlantis Charter School is the first of its kind for the "Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies" or BLOSSOMS program. While other schools have used BLOSSOMS on an ad hoc basis, the latest arrangement will include professional development starting this month for teachers to help them improve their STEM instructional practices.

Schoology LMS Enhances Google Drive Integration

Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, educators using its learning management system will be able to use Google Drive more easily within the LMS to manage grades, assignments and student submissions.

Shmoop Releases Suite of NGSS-Aligned Online Science Courses

Shmoop, a digital publisher known for its test prep and certified online course, is now offering a full suite of NGSS-aligned online science courses. They cover all the core high school subjects — biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and physical science.

Scorecard: Onerous State Regs Inhibit Public Charter School Growth

Currently, the country has 7,000 charter schools, serving about 6 percent of the total number of students in public education.

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