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.


Partnership Aims to Create STEM Teacher Pipeline

The University of California, Riverside, and the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) have partnered on an initiative to attract new STEM teachers to the California district.

Funding Tops List of Principals' Concerns

Adequate funding is the top concern for a majority of principals, according to a new survey from MCH Strategic Data. More than half of those surveyed, 52 percent, cited adequate funding as a major concern, 14 points more than the second-most commonly cited concern, teacher morale.

16 Schools Receive Active Learning Classroom Grant

This summer, 16 institutions across K-12 and higher education will receive furniture, design, installation and on-site training for a new active learning classroom, thanks to Steelcase Education's fourth annual Active Learning Center Grant. Valued at about $67,000 per classroom, the grant "supports active learning strategies in classrooms where teachers are already striving to implement related practices by installing a learning space with furniture designed to encourage student engagement and success," according to a news announcement.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of April 2, 2018)

New grants include the $3,500 "Creatively Alive Children" grant from Crayola and the $5,000 to $25,000 Social Emotional Learning Grant from NoVo and Education First.

Amazon Pumping $50 Million into CS Education

Amazon is committing $50 million to computer science education in the United States with new programs supporting high school and early undergraduate students, including financial aid to help schools bring AP CS courses to their students.

$25,000 PK–12 Social Emotional Learning Grants: Deadline in 3 Weeks

Applications are due April 20 for the Social Emotional Learning Innovation Fund grants from Education First, the NoVo Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. This year grants will be awarded to both individual teachers and multi-school programs. Last year more than one in 10 applicants received funding.

Security Services Spending to Top $91 Billion This Year

Spending on security, including hardware, software and services, will reach $91.4 billion this year, according to a new forecast from International Data Corp, marking a 10.2 percent increase over 2017 spending. That growth rate will remain relatively steady throughout the forecast period, according to the company, holding a compound annual growth rate of 10 percent from 2016 to 2021, when the forecast calls for $120.7 billion in spending.

Report: The Real Role of Blended Learning in Instruction

A new guide on blended learning reminds school district leaders that blended isn't a goal unto itself; nor is it a specific instructional approach. Blended can be integrated into a "variety of educational models" and serves as the "vehicle" for providing innovative instruction.

Creative Problem Solving Should Be Emphasized More in Schools

Nearly all, 85 percent, of educators and policymakers in the United States, say they think creative problem solving is a very important skill for students to learn in school, according to a new survey. At the same time, 84 percent of educators and and 68 percent of policymakers surveyed said that there is not enough emphasis on creative problem solving in American education.

New Smart InkScan App Turns Pen-and-Paper Notes into Digital Ink

Smart Technologies today introduced Smart InkScan, a mobile app that converts handwritten artifacts into a digital file that can be edited and shared. The app, currently available for iOS devices, allows users to take a photo of notes from any medium — paper, whiteboard, napkin, etc. — and then push the digitized content directly to a Smart Board with I.Q.

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