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.


PowerSchool Acquisition Expands SIS Platform With Enterprise Resource Planning Tools

The company recently acquired administrative software solutions company SunGard K–12. More than 100 million educators, parents and teachers now have access to a comprehensive and integrated platform that includes SIS, ERP and PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom platform.

Allovue Launches New Budgeting Product for School Districts

Allovue, an education finance technology company, has launched a new budgeting product for school districts. Balance Budget, part of the Balance software platform, was built to simplify the time-consuming process of creating and managing district budgets across central office departments and schools.

ED Nominee DeVos Faces Evenly Split Senate as Two GOP Lawmakers Defect

Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Education (ED), could be the most controversial pick for that post in American history. After her confirmation hearing and narrow approval Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP), two Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — said they would vote against DeVos in the full Senate.

D-Tech International Wins Platinum and Gold at Modern Library Awards

D-Tech International, a designer and manufacturer of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products and library security systems, has won the 2017 Modern Library Platinum Award for its ComputeIT laptop lending kiosk system and the 2017 Modern Library Gold Award for its innovative RFID solutions.

PeopleAdmin Introduces Tool to Evaluate K–12 Principals

To help schools select principals that match their needs, the talent management software company has launched a new solution that can determine which candidate will make the most positive impact on a school.

STEM Career Program to Place High Schoolers with Cancer Researchers

The program, the Emperor Science Award, now in its second year, will award 100 high school students with mentoring opportunities that will include placement with a "university-level research scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project." Winners will also receive a Google Chromebook and will be eligible for a stipend of up to $1,500 to cover expenses.

Discovery Education to Present Two Free PD Events in SF and Seattle

Discovery Education, a provider of digital content and professional development (PD) for K–12 classrooms, invites superintendents and educators nationwide to participate in Powerful Practices: The Instructional Leadership Experience. These two, free, one day interactive PD events will take place Feb. 24 in San Francisco and March 10 in Seattle, WA.

PD Learning Network and CA Assoc. of Latino Superintendents Launch New ESSA Online PD Course

The PD Learning Network (PDLN) and California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) have launched a new online professional development (PD) course for educators under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Schoolzilla Launches District Progress Monitoring Tool on K–12 Data Platform

Schoolzilla's Mosaic platform, which helps school districts aggregate district and student data, has launched a new tool that helps school leaders easily track district performance indicators.

Corpus Christi ISD Expands Literacy Program to All Elementary Schools

After running a successful pilot program in 13 schools, Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) is expanding the use of two online reading intervention programs from Scientific Learning to all 37 elementary schools for this semester.

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