K-12 Technology News

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Iowa Adds Computer Science to K-12 Curriculum

A new law passed in Iowa requires the state's Department of Education to establish standards in computer science for K-12 and a credential for teachers who teach CS.

Report: Students with Learning and Attention Issues Three Times More Likely to Drop Out

Despite the prevalence of children with learning and attention disabilities such as ADHD and dyslexia, the National Center for Learning Disabilities found that only a small subset are formally identified with disabilities in schools, leaving many of these students without necessary support to help them succeed in school.

More Colleges, Universities Join Scholarship Platform to Fund Good Students

An online fundraising platform that has helped high schoolers raise more than $1 billion in scholarships for college is growing its community of academic institution partners.

New Report Examines Use of Big Data in Education

While "big data" is helping researchers better understand why some students seem to thrive while others don't, a growing backlash by parents and policymakers could hamper research efforts. On one side are concerns about "privacy breaches, hacking, the use of data by commercial software developers for marketing purposes and the possibility that sensitive information ... might limit future opportunities for students," as a new report from the National Academy of Education explained.

Tennessee Revamping K-12 Digital Resources Library

The new version of the library will be hosted on Thrivist, an online application that pegs itself as a learning management system for blended schools.

Epson Introduces Smart Board-Compatible Projector

Epson today announced a new ultra-short-throw projector designed to work with Smart Technologies' Smart Board M680 and 880 interactive whiteboards.

Prysm Launches Collaboration Solution for Meeting Rooms

Prysm, a digital workspace platform, Tuesday unveiled a new system that can turn any meeting room into a multi-purpose collaboration space.

Kahoot to Add Gaming to Office 365 Teams

Kahoot is a program that enables users, including teachers, to create learning games out of quizzes, surveys and discussion forums.

Oregon Drops Smarter Balanced for High School

The state also reported that it had no plans to switch testing for grades 3–8. That's a topic the department will be taking up for the 2017-2018 school year.

Robotics Company Releases STEM-Teaching Kit

DFRobot, a robotics and open source hardware provider headquartered in Shanghai, China, recently released a kit to teach young inventors to think creatively.

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