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.


Duolingo Releases Flashcard App

Duolingo, the company behind the game that helps people learn new languages, has released a new program for helping students and others use and create flashcards. Tinycards is intended to help users "memorize anything for free, forever."

Research: Let's Move STEM Learning Earlier

According to a new research project, children who engage in scientific activities at an early age (between birth and age 8) develop positive attitudes toward science, build up their STEM "vocabularies" and do better at problem solving, meeting challenges and acquiring new skills.

8 Districts Named 'Great' for Teachers

What does it take to be considered a "great district" by the teachers who work there? "Substantial" salaries help, as does ample professional development and coaching that are tailored to the individual educators and include ample team planning time.

Classroom Management Program Adds Teacher-Controlled Browsing

Sergeant Laboratories, which specializes in creating security and compliance programs, has enhanced its school product, AristotleInsight::K12, with "teacher controlled browsing."

Waco ISD Extends In-Class STEM Instruction for Pre-K Students

Waco Independent School District (Waco, TX) has extended the amount of class time spent teaching STEM topics to its pre-K students from two minutes to an average of 36 minutes per day.

National Science Teachers Association, Pasco Select Winning Teachers for Annual STEM Educator Awards

PASCO Scientific in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association has selected three teachers for their annual awards program for middle and high school educators who have implemented inquiry-based and technology-infused STEM programs at their schools.

Education Thought Leaders Tom Hierck, Kent Peterson, Ken James Join Kickboard Advisory Board

Kickboard, an education technology company known for its flagship school culture system, has formed an Advisory Board to help guide research efforts as the company develops a total climate and culture solution for K–12.

STEM-Mobile Tours Maryland High Schools

The largest mobile STEM lab of its kind in the country will be touring Maryland schools to help drive student interests in STEM. The Mobile eXploration Lab, or MXLab for short, will deliver hands-on biology, chemistry, environmental science and other STEM experiences to high schoolers.

Hour of Code Org Developing New, Free CS Course

Code.org, the organization behind Hour to Code, will shortly pilot a new middle school/lower high school introductory computer science course that will be free when it's released. For a short time it's also taking applications for free professional development to help teachers prepare.

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