K-12 Technology News

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NSTA Unveils 'Enhanced' E-Books for Science Teachers

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has launched a suite of electronic books, NSTA eBooks+, designed for science teachers.

Report: Schools Concerned About Cutting E-rate Funding for Phone Service

"E-rate Funding Year 2015: Analysis of Funding Request Data and Applicant Survey" compiles the results of a nationwide survey of E-rate applicants that was conducted in June 2015 with the goal of providing E-rate stakeholders and policymakers with information about how the program is being used and generating suggestions for improvements.

Learning Upgrade Adds Elementary English Courses

Each of the standards-aligned courses for grades 3 through 5 is designed by educators and includes songs, video and games.

New York to Shorten Common Core Assessments Again

The assessments given next spring will include fewer math multiple-choice questions and fewer passages in the reading section. This is the second time New York’s tests have been shortened since they were introduced in 2013.

Lamar County School District Upgrades to 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Lamar County School District in Mississippi has implemented 802.11ac wireless network infrastructure throughout its schools and auxiliary buildings to support its expanding 1-to-1 technology initiative, bring-your-own-device initiative and integration with Google Classroom.

Annual Cybersecurity Games Expands Opportunities for High School Students

The 12th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Week is expanding the opportunities for high school students to get involved with webinars in advance and self-guided online education modules that they can use to prepare for the High School Forensics Challenge, one of six contests for college and high school students to participate in.

Harmony Public Schools Upgrades to Fiber

Harmony Public Schools (HPS) in Texas plans to upgrade all 46 of its campuses and the HPS Central Office to dedicated fiber optic Internet service with managed security services to provide each school with Internet access speeds of one gigabit per second.

Research: Why Your Smart Phone Loses Power Even When the Screen's off

A team of researchers from Purdue University and Intel are on a mission to double the life of smartphone batteries. Recently, they came up with an energy optimizer that promises to cut certain types of battery usage by nearly 16 percent.

Nearpod Adds Google Classroom Integration

Nearpod, a company that provides tools to sync learning resources and content across devices, has integrated its technology with Google Classroom.

Worldwide Study: Students Who Use Computers Frequently in School 'Do Worse' in Learning

Students who use computers moderately at school tend to have "somewhat better" learning outcomes than those who rarely use computers. And students who use computers frequently at school "do a lot worse" in their learning outcomes, even after accounting for differences in social background and student demographics. That's the conclusion reached by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in a new report examining the impact of technology on student performance around the world.