K-12 Technology News

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i3 Program Awards $113 Million in Grants

The federal Investing in Innovation program to fund innovative education programs has selected 13 organizations that will share more than $100 million in grants.

Teacher Prep Gets Major Funding from Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed grants of $34.7 million over three years to help set up five teacher preparation transformation centers around the country that will bring together people from universities, teacher-preparation providers and K-12 school systems to share data, knowledge and best practices.

Promethean Unveils Latest Iteration of ClassFlow

New ClassFlow Connect device allows nearly complete integration of all devices and digital displays in a single classroom.

Digital Innovations in Ed To Be Honored

This week a small group of educators and organizations will be honored at a gala in Silicon Valley for their innovations in helping students learn.

Mississippi Adopts Questar To Deliver Exams for Students with Cognitive Impairments

The state of Mississippi has decided to go with the same assessment vendor it uses for its statewide assessments to do summative testing of students with severe cognitive disabilities as well.

Department of Defense Education Group Joins PARCC

Even as PARCC has begun offering additional formats for its Common Core state standard-aligned assessments, it has attracted a new member.

Wikipedia Edits Get Student Paper-Style Plagiarism Check

The most cited source in secondary and higher education student papers is now getting the same kind of plagiarism check those student papers also often get.

Boston Museum To Spend $200,000 To Help Teachers With Engineering Curriculum

The program at the Museum of Science, Boston will provide engineering curriculum and professional development to first- through fifth-grade teachers.

Research: Empathy Helps Kids Learn

The empathy a teacher shows a child in the classroom may help them do better on their school work. In fact, researchers in Finland are examining what role empathy plays in that country's high PISA scores.

Moodle 3.0 Intros Quiz, Forum and Assignment Enhancements

Moodle today launched version 3.0 of its open source learning platform, which introduces enhancements to the quiz, forum and assignment modules as well as functionality improvements for user, instructor and administration control.