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.


CIO Best Practices: 3 Key Steps for Digital Transformation Initiatives

Digital transformation has the potential to revolutionize citizen services, but efforts to bring about that change are "often hindered by top-down hierarchies, cultural legacies and the lack of a compelling vision."

Open Courses Focus on Engaging Girls in STEM Fields

Canvas Network released a series of MOOCs that introduce girls to various STEM topics and educate teachers and parents on how they can support girls who are interested in STEM careers.

Parent-Teacher Communication App Adds Student Reports and Portfolios

Bloomz, a free communication app, has added two new features that enable teachers to send parents reports and portfolios of student work.

New Forum Lets Educators to Share Ideas about 3D Printing

Teachers in K-12 and higher education share information on how to help students "scan and 3D print museum artifacts," explore the production of prosthetics for kids and "manage an open 3D-printing lab."

Online Public School Founder Admits $8 Million in Tax Fraud

The founder and former CEO of an online public school that educates thousands of Pennsylvania students pleaded guilty this week to federal tax fraud, recognizing that he siphoned more than $8 million from the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School through for-profit and nonprofit companies he controlled.

Class Communication Tool Adds Payment Feature for Field Trips, Dues

A web-based communication service for people in a school community has added a feature that allows for online payments. SimplyCircle, from a company with the same name, lets teachers and parents communicate with each other for class, PTA and school activities.

Future Farmers Get Online Career Guidance

A national organization that works with the future farmers of America has teamed up with Discovery Education to launch a website to help students learn more about careers in agriculture.

High School Students Receive Free Access to Developer Tools

Embarcadero Technologies has opened up its software development tools to publicly funded higher ed institutions and high schools.

Feds Say Virtual Schools Need to Follow Special Ed Rules

Even when the education is delivered online, schools and districts ought to adhere to the needs of children with disabilities. That was the message recently delivered in a "Dear Colleague" letter issued to virtual schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

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