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.


Smartphones to Lead Device Shipments to 2.32 Billion This Year

Mobile phones, particularly high-end smartphones, will lead the segment, which comprises PCs and tablets in addition to mobile phones, and premium ultramobile devices, which include "thin and light Apple and Microsoft Windows 10 devices," will also help to push growth.

New Project Launches Global Standards for Flipped Training

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative has introduced a new effort to establish international standards for flipped training. The standards are meant to ensure that educators are trained using the most current global research and best practices in flipped learning, according to a news announcement.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Feb. 5, 2018)

Applications for Gates Foundation grants are due soon. The TCEA convention takes place this week in Austin. Upcoming events include the CUE 2018 National Conference in Palm Springs, California in March and the ASU + GSV Summit, taking place in San Diego in April.

Do Pre-K Teachers Even Need College Degrees — Let Alone Online Ones?

A report out from NEPC questions the findings of a report on online programs for pre-K teachers from New America. At the heart of its concerns: whether bachelor's degrees are really essential for the job.

School Agencies and Districts Do Crummy Job of Protecting Website Visitor Security and Privacy

A new study has found that most education websites — whether state or local — do a horrible job of protecting users' security and privacy.

Report: NAEP Setting Bar Too High

According to a new report, when results from "The Nation's Report Card" proficiency assessments are compared to results from two international assessments and the Common Core, the proficiency benchmarks of the National Assessment of Educational Progress would knock out students in almost every country.

Non-Fiction is a Non-Starter in American Classrooms

In spite of the push since the release in 2010 of the Common Core learning standards to get students to read more nonfiction, lift hasn't even reached 10 percent in most states. The only outliers were New Jersey and Vermont, where the gain was greater than 10 percent.

Education Workers Take More Mental Health Days than People in Other Industries

Nearly 60 percent of education employees have taken a "mental health day" to deal with work-related stress, a count that's significantly higher than in other industries. That's according to a recent survey of 1,004 office workers and business decision-makers in the United States and Canada. The survey, conducted by KRC Research on behalf of Staples, asked employees in various industries about current trends in the workplace, including health, wellness and stress issues.

Yes, Charters Do Hurt Public School Funding

As a result of the findings of a new study, researchers encouraged states to "ease the fiscal burden on public school districts," possibly by providing "transitional aid" to reduce the revenue losses to public school districts as charters expand.

FERPA Finding Reminds Schools to Review Terms of Service

Do parents have to relinquish their students' rights under FERPA when the school signs an agreement with a company whose terms of use don't comply with FERPA?

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