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.

Beagle Sense Offers Environmental Sensors Free for STEM Ed

Beagle Sense, a company that makes wireless sensors for use in STEM education, is offering its products free to schools in the United States and Canada.

PARCC Willing To Unbundle Assessments

The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers will be customizing its online testing offerings to expand its reach into states outside of the consortium.

Hobsons, Benchprep Partner on Game-Based Test Prep

Hobsons, a provider of college and career readiness, admissions and student success tools, has partnered with BenchPrep, a digital learning platform, to develop a game-based, personalized test preparation tool for use in middle and high schools.

Internet of Things Devices To Grow 30 Percent in 2016

The number of "things" connected to the Internet will grow 30 percent from this year to next, according to market research firm Gartner, to reach a total of 6.4 billion, a total that will balloon to 20.8 billion by 2020.

4 California School Districts Create Professional Development Program for Science Teachers

Four school districts in the San Jose area are implementing a professional development program designed to help middle school science teachers gain confidence with hands-on learning experiences in science classrooms.

Middle School Girls Learn about STEM Careers at Eastern Michigan U

Eastern Michigan University recently brought girls from local middle schools to campus in an effort to inspire interest in academic and professional careers in technology as part of its "Digital Divas" program.

Coalition Aims To Provide $620 Million for Expanded Learning Opportunities for Grades 6-8

Twenty organizations focused on education have pledged to collectively donate $620 million over the course of five years to improve expanded learning opportunities for students in grades 5-8.

New Partnership Will Provide Micro-Credentials to Teachers

BloomBoard will provide the technology platform for the micro-credentials that Digital Promise will identify and curate.

Time Warner Partners with i-Safe Ventures on CIPA Compliance

Time Warner Cable Business Class has partnered with i-SAFE Ventures with the goal of making it easier for E-Rate schools to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act.

iNACOL Publishes Federal and State Policy Frameworks To Launch Annual Symposium

An organization that focuses on "student-centered learning" has issued two briefing papers to advise federal and state policymakers on areas of regulation that it believes are holding back personalized learning in K-12.