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.

$500,000 Grand Challenge Wants Tech Innovations in Deaf Literacy

Of an estimated 32 million children around the world who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind, four in five lack access to education, and just 2 percent get instruction in sign language. Because early exposure to sign language builds a stronger language foundation, those without it are affected in education, employment and social interaction.

Virtual and Augmented Reality to Nearly Double Each Year Through 2021

Spending on augmented and virtual reality will nearly double in 2018, according to a new forecast, growing from $9.1 billion in 2017 to $17.8 billion next year.

Audible to Give 15,000 Newark Students Fire Tablets

The students and teachers will receive 7-inch, 8 GB tablets with headphones and a free bundle of more than 150 recommended audiobook titles chosen by Newark educators and Audible employees.

Legends of Learning Launching 300+ Elementary Science Games

An education game maker expects to release a deluge of new education games for grades 3-5 this winter.

3D Printing Gets 10x Speed-Up with Changes to Print Heads

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a desktop 3D printer that they say is up to 10 times faster than those currently commercially available.

zSpace Teams with Mimbus to Bring Augmented Reality to Welding Students

zSpace, a provider of augmented reality tools for education, has partnered with Mimbus to offer vocational and technical students a new way to practice welding techniques.

Partnerships Help Milwaukee Schools Address ESSA

Partnerships with national service programs such as AmeriCorps are at the heart of success for Milwaukee Public Schools. Such collaborations can help districts implement plans for evidence-based school improvement under the Every Student Succeeds Act. ESSA requires evidence-based interventions to improve low-performing schools — those that fail to graduate a third or more of their students.

Common Core Qualities Live on in State Replacements

While the Common Core State Standards may have suffered the ignominy of being tossed out by nearly half of the states that originally adopted them, a review of replacement learning standards has established that in most places Common Core characteristics have remained in place.

Arcademics Cup Pits Students Against Clock in Online Math Challenge

How good are your students at solving multiplication problems? You can find out by entering them in the upcoming Arcademics Cup. That takes place online, is free to enter and includes prizes like trophies, pizza parties, tablets and subscriptions to the company's education games.

Long-Term Broadband Goals Still on Far Horizon for Most Districts

Funding continues to be the biggest barrier for districts in their efforts to increase connectivity, in particular monthly recurring costs.

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